Sand Valley hires Tom Doak to design resort’s fourth course

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    Sand Valley hires Tom Doak to design a fourth course at the resort

  • Sand Valley 4

    Doak’s design will extend to 6,100 yards with a par of 68

  • Sand Valley 4

    “It is dominated by this beautiful sedge grass,” says Michael Keiser Jr

  • Sand Valley 4

    The new course will be located next to the back nine of the original Sand Valley layout

Richard Humphreys
By Richard Humphreys

Sand Valley Golf Resort in Nekoosa, Wisconsin, has hired golf course architect Tom Doak to design a fourth course at the resort.

The new course will be located next to the back nine of the original Sand Valley layout and will be routed within a restored sedge savannah. Doak's routing measures 6,100 yards with a par of 68.

“It’s a concept I have wanted to pursue for years – to build a great par 68 course for America like England has so many of,” said Doak in an interview with The Fried Egg. “Courses like Swinley Forest, Rye, West Sussex, Cavendish and St. Enodoc are some of my favourite places in golf, and it's a shame there is nothing like them over here."

Michael Keiser Jr, managing partner at Sand Valley Golf Resort, in an interview with Golf Channel about the design concept of the fourth course at Sand Valley, said: “It has five par threes, several driveable par fours, and the remainder of the par fours are everywhere between 350 and 500 yards.”

This will be Doak’s first American design since The Loop at Forest Dunes Golf Club. The Doak course, which is tentatively being called ‘Sedge Valley’, will add to the resort's line-up alongside the original Coore & Crenshaw designed Sand Valley, David McLay Kidd's Mammoth Dunes and the Coore & Crenshaw par three course, The Sandbox.

“The land itself is very different to the first two, and it is dominated by this beautiful sedge grass, so visually it is stunning,” said Keiser Jr.

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