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THE GOG BLOG Created by RORY SPEARS, Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and on Linkedin and Facebook. On the Sandbox at Sand Valley in Nekoosa Wisconsin.

SAND VALLEY GOLF RESORT the latest and greatest golf project from Mike Keiser and family is no longer a secret, and now even more secrets are coming out for the 2018 golf season from SV land.

Some dates that everyone has been waiting for are now out, get your pencils and scorecards ready.

May 1st, The 17 hole par 3 course the Sandbox will open, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the Sandbox is pure fun and is a course that you can play every hole with a putter. If you are a golf veteran, a junior golfer or looking to take up the game, the Sandbox is for you. bring your putter and a golf ball or two, you’re all set.

The 16th and 17th holes on the Sandbox.

On May 31st the highly anticipated Mammoth Dunes course by David McLay Kidd will fully open for play.

The resorts first course, Sand Valley designed by Crenshaw and Coore will be open at the start of the resorts golf season.

In 2017 Sand Valley opened to rave reviews by the golf media and public golfers alike.

Not since Bandon Dunes opened in Oregon has a new golf resort experienced the type of early positive feedback that Sand Valley. Due to the Keiser connection of both properties, Sand Valley is expected to be a continued success.

The second hole on Mamoth Dunes by David McLay Kidd at Sand Valley

Just announced for 2018 at Sand Valley will be a intimate residential community , additional lodging, a new practice facility, expanded clubhouse with more dining space, and a grass tennis court complex during the season.

The Keiser family has made no secret that there is likely to be more golf courses built at Sand Valley, however at this time there is no timetable for when a third 18 hole course will be announced and or who the next architect might be.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR our interview with Mammoth Dunes designer David McLay Kidd.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR our interview with Sand Valley course designer Bill Coore, and his thoughts about the Par 3-Sandbox course at Sand Valley. Coore also discusses a project in Missouri with Bass Pro Shop owner Johnny Morris.

  WELCOME TO SAND VALLEY GOLF RESORT, (R) the par 4, 9th green on the Sand Valley Course.

For information on the exciting year ahead at Sand Valley, visit and do read the Sand Valley Magazine that is full of great information on the resort and what is happening there.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.