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Sand Valley Golf Resort: Sand Valley

Nekoosa, WI Public

Overview

Sand Valley is the fifth course that the firm of Coore and Crenshaw has designed for resort maven Mike Keiser, and the first not located close to an ocean. No matter. It’s still on a thousand acres of rolling sand hills in Central Wisconsin, and Coore and Crenshaw were given carte blanche to route their course. (Rumor has it Coore routed a hole outside the property line and Keiser reluctantly bought that additional parcel.) Given the name, many conclude Sand Valley is a combination of Nebraska’s Sand Hills Golf Club and New Jersey’s Pine Valley. But Sand Valley has its own personality, with some dual fairways, gigantic sand spits, enormous greens and even a hidden putting surface. Sand Valley was Golf Digest’s Best New Course of 2017.

About

Holes 18
Length 6938
Slope 128
Price $235
Facility Type Public
Year Opened 2017
Designer Coore & Crenshaw

Awards

100 Greatest the Second 100
100 Greatest Public
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2019.
2023-'24 ranking: 116th.
Previous ranking: 112th.
Highest ranking: 110th, 2019-2020.

100 Greatest Public: Ranked since its debut in 2017.
2023-'24 ranking: 17th.
Previous ranking: 18th.
Highest ranking: Current.

Best in State: Ranked fifth, 2019 to previous.
2023-'24 ranking: 4th.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.5

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.4849
Character
7.6297
Challenge
7.267
Layout Variety
7.5349
Fun
7.5852
Aesthetics
7.5744
Conditioning
7.5293

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