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The Next Bandon?

The man who created Oregon’s Bandon Dunes (above)—Mike Keiser—is looking to do it again, this time in Wisconsin. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Keiser is planning a 1,500-acre, four-course resort called Sand Valley in the middle of the state about 15 miles south of Wisconsin Rapids and 100 miles north of Madison. The newspaper describes the 2.4 square miles of land Keiser hopes to close on later this month as “sand dunes that formed the bottom of a prehistoric lake.” The architect for the first course also will be announced soon; it is expected to be either Tom Doak, David McLay Kidd, or Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore—the designers responsible for the courses at Bandon Dunes—with construction to begin next year and the course open in late 2016 or early 2017. Keiser was quoted as saying Sand Valley “would make Wisconsin the best summertime place for golf in the world."

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