Bill Coore, ASGCA and Ben Crenshaw have been selected to design the first course at Sand Valley in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinell. Routing will begin this spring and construction start in September.

Sand Valley is a planned multi-course resort on 1,500 acres and marks the first Coore-Crenshaw project in Wisconsin.

Golf writer Gary D’Amato reported that developer Mike Keiser will oversee the project. “(Keiser)┬áplans to harvest tens of thousands of red pine trees and restore the site to its natural sand barren state. The holes would be laid over the exposed dunes.

“‘When you look at this course it will look a lot like Sand Hills,’ Keiser said. ‘Big, open dunes with a lot of low ground cover on it. You will see a lot of sand. You’ll walk in and say, ‘That’s Sand Valley.”

“Coore and Crenshaw designed Bandon Trails at Keiser’s Bandon Dunes complex on the southern Oregon coast, regarded by many purists as the finest golf resort in the world. All four 18-hole courses at Bandon Dunes are ranked among the top 11 resort courses in America by Golfweek magazine.”

The entire article can be found here.