Sand Valley Golf Resort
focus on Golf
tops the golf world
By JERRY SLASKE
KEY Milwaukee Golf Editor
If someone asked the question, what does Wisconsin lead the world in, you’d probably hear, cheesemaking nine times out of 10.
After that, you might hear the tired cliché, brewing beer. After that, milk. After that, bratwurst making. After that, freshwater lakes. After that, cranberries. After that…well, you’d probably have to ask the question pretty many times before someone would laughingly say, golf. Eureka! Laugh all you want, but as of this year that’s the only right answer.
For 2017, golfadvisor.com has declared Wisconsin the #1 golf destination in the world… not just the US, not just North America, but the WORLD! Better than Ireland, Scotland, Arizona, Florida, California, or Nevada. St. Andrew might be turning in his grave, but only to bow down to Wisconsin.
Helping to put the Badger state on top has been the May opening of the much ballyhooed Sand Valley Golf Resort (1,700 acres of sand dunes left behind by the glaciers) in the central Wisconsin community of Nekoosa. Sand Valley, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, is set to open May 2, followed by David Kidd’s Mammoth Dunes. Kidd is the same guy who designed Oregon’s Bandon Dunes.
While Sand Valley alone might make golfers and their families salivate about a trip to Wisconsin, let’s not forget
about all of the other fine golf destinations (locations with on-premise lodging) that contribute to Wisconsin’s crowning (in alphabetical order):
Alpine Valley Resort (Elkhorn): Summit, Meadows, Sugar Creek nines.
Blackwolf Run (Kohler): The River and The Meadow Valleys.
Devil’s Head Resort & Convention Center (Merrimac): 36-holes of championship golf.
Erin Hills (Hartford): Site of the 2017 US Open.
Fox Hills Resort (Mishicot): Fox Creek and National; 45 holes.
Geneva National Resort (Lake Geneva): Trevino, Palmer, and Player courses.
The Golf Courses of Lawsonia (Green Lake): The Links and The Woodlands.
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa (Lake Geneva): The Brute and The Highlands.
Horseshoe Bay Golf Club (Egg Harbor): In picturesque Door County.
LakeLawn Resort (Delavan): Majestic Oaks.
Northern Bay (Arkdale): The Castle Course; imitations of famous golf holes.
Thornberry Creek at Oneida (Oneida): Site of the 2017 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.
Whistling Straits (Sheboygan): The Straits and The Irish.