Golf Destination: Central Wisconsin (WI)

The Lido: America’s Next Great Golf Course, Again

The most highly anticipated course development of our time just might be The Lido, a private club adjacent to Sand Valley Golf Resort that’s being built as a carbon copy of the world’s greatest ever NLE golf course.

Pioneer Pointe: Madison’s New Par 3 Experience

The newest golf course in the Madison area, Pioneer Pointe in Verona is an awesome 13-hole par three track designed by Lohmann Quitno that features great Golden Age designs. This is not your average executive course!

Sand Valley: The Course that Put Rome on the Map

The original Sand Valley Course is my favorite at this world-class Wisconsin golf resort that in just 5 short years has made a significant impact on golf in the state of Wisconsin. And this is just the beginning.

North Shore Golf Club (Menasha)

I had the privilege of being invited up to North Shore Golf Club in Menasha, Wisconsin, last month, and was not disappointed! This 1930 Leonard Macomber track is one of the state’s true hidden gems, featuring great golf and conditions, beautiful scenery alongside Lake Winnebago and a wonderful Golden Age course design.

Nakoma Golf Club: Madison’s Bendelow Gem

Nakoma Golf Club in Madison, Wisconsin is a great classic parkland course originally designed by Tom Bendelow and opened in 1925.

We took great advantage of this perfect Fall day, got some nice photos and played excellent golf including some of the best greens I’ve played in Wisconsin.

Two thumbs up, Nakoma.

Bullseye Golf Club: A Fun Add-On to Your Sand Valley Vacation

Bullseye Golf Club is a terrific course to add to the itinerary of a trip to Sand Valley Golf Resort, but as a “Pro tip” I highly recommend playing it before playing Mammoth Dunes. It would be hard to find two more diametrically opposed golf courses…

If you’re a fan of classic parkland courses, Bullseye is well worth the greens fee. The tees, fairways and greens are beautifully manicured, the putting complexes are interesting and quick, and there’s just something about being amongst tall trees and wilderness that’s good for the soul.

Sand Valley, Mammoth Dunes: McLay Kidd’s Midwest Masterpiece

David McLay Kidd has designed some of the most vast, fun-filled golf courses of the 21st Century. Beginning with the break-through of all break-throughs, Bandon Dunes in 1999, Kidd has led developments at Nanea Golf Club in Hawaii (2003), the Castle Course at St Andrews (2008), Tetherow in his now home town of Bend, Oregon (2008), Gamble Sands in Washington (2014), and a dozen or so others.

His philosophy on golf course design sits in perfect harmony with Keiser’s on resorts; David McLay Kidd was destined to play a part in Sand Valley.

The Sandbox at Sand Valley Golf Resort: 17 Holes of Coore/Crenshaw Fun

The perfect complement to the championship golf experience at Sand Valley Golf Resort in Rome, Wisconsin, the Sandbox is a beautiful 17-hole par 3 course designed by golf design legends Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

I briefly discuss the Sandbox here, documenting and photographing it during its opening day on May 1, 2018.

AmFam Championship Countdown: Less than 3 Weeks!

A recap of the AmFam Championship media day at University Ridge in Madison, WI with Steve Stricker, Kirk Triplett and Andy North – the June 19-25 event will feature this year’s celebrity foursome with Brett Favre, Andy North, Derek Jeter and Darius Rucker

Sand Valley Golf Course

A full 18-hole review of the brand new Sand Valley Golf Resort in Rome, Wisconsin – site of the 2016 Illinois vs. Wisconsin Writer’s Cup and set to open in Spring, 2017 to coincide with the US Open at Erin Hills

2016 Wisconsin vs. Illinois Writers Cup at Sand Valley Golf Resort

Following a tour of the front nine at last year’s Sand Valley media day, a reference to the Wisconsin vs. Illinois Writers Cup was made to which Mike Keiser, Jr. immediately replied: “Can we host next year’s event here!?” The Writers Cup alternates between Wisconsin and Illinois courses each year, with last year’s event played at … Continue reading 2016 Wisconsin vs. Illinois Writers Cup at Sand Valley Golf Resort

Sand Valley: Preview Play Now Open!

Interest in the Sand Valley project in Rome, Wisconsin is palpable. The article I wrote on America’s next great golf destination following their August, 2015 media day has now become the most popular course review I have ever written, and I literally get asked several times a week about the resort’s progress. That progress has been rolling along smoothly, and … Continue reading Sand Valley: Preview Play Now Open!

Sand Valley Golf Resort: In Case You’ve Been Living in a Cave

By this time, I’m pretty certain the majority of golf enthusiasts in and around the state of Wisconsin have heard a few things about Mike Keiser’s ongoing project in Rome, Wisconsin, named Sand Valley. The first course, being designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, is scheduled to open to founding members in 2016 and … Continue reading Sand Valley Golf Resort: In Case You’ve Been Living in a Cave

Lawsonia’s Links Course: The Langford Shield and William Langford’s Contributions to Golf Course Design

The Langford Shield Golf Tournament: The Langford Shield golf tournament on the Links course at Lawsonia in Green Lake, Wisconsin, was created last year to honor the significant contributions made to golf course architecture by the legendary golf course design team of William Langford and Theodore Moreau. The Links course at Lawsonia is perhaps the … Continue reading Lawsonia’s Links Course: The Langford Shield and William Langford’s Contributions to Golf Course Design

Sand Valley: The Next Big Thing is [Almost] Here

In 2013, Oliphant Vice President of Golf Management and Project Development, Craig Haltom, contacted Mike Keiser about a piece of land in remote Central Wisconsin that he just had to check out. Keiser, the prolific developer behind Bandon Dunes, Cabot Cliffs and other ongoing international golf resort projects, works closely with the Wisconsin-based Haltom and trusted his … Continue reading Sand Valley: The Next Big Thing is [Almost] Here

Golf Course Review: SentryWorld… Reimagined (Now vs. Then)

SentryWorld Course Rankings: Golf Digest: #5 Wisconsin GolfWeek: #4 Wisconsin public Golf.com: #10 Wisconsin public Designer: Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1982, 2013) On October 15, I had the honor of being part of SentryWorld’s pre-reopening media day. Once the top track in all of Wisconsin, and the original destination course in the state, SentryWorld has … Continue reading Golf Course Review: SentryWorld… Reimagined (Now vs. Then)

JSOnline: Coore and Crenshaw Selected for Sand Valley Project

According to today’s article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel online edition by Gary D’Amato, the Sand Valley golf resort’s course architect team for the initial course has been selected, and will be Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. Coore and Crenshaw have worked with Mike Keiser (developer of Sand Valley, and previously at Bandon Dunes and … Continue reading JSOnline: Coore and Crenshaw Selected for Sand Valley Project

Golf Course Review: SentryWorld

Ask any avid Wisconsin golfer who has yet to play SentryWorld about the course, and chances are they will say something about the “Flower Hole.” But the course is a perennial top fifteen track in Wisconsin, so there has to be more going on than just one great par three, right? After finally playing it, I can say with certainty … Continue reading Golf Course Review: SentryWorld

The Golf Courses of Lawsonia, Woodlands Course

At the mention of Lawsonia, most golfers immediately default to thoughts of the Links, which is an authentic links-style course currently rated as the 55th best Classic track in the country, and top five in the state. The Woodlands at Lawsonia is a wonderful course in its own right, chocked full of fantastic golf holes and all the charm … Continue reading The Golf Courses of Lawsonia, Woodlands Course

University Ridge

Home of the Wisconsin Badgers golf team, University Ridge features some of the most remarkable golf holes in the state. Designed and built in 1991 by one the country’s most well-known and beloved course designers, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the course sits atop a several million year old glacier. Located in the Verona suburb of Madison, the course … Continue reading University Ridge