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The new Sand Valley design by Tom Doak could be the resort's most difficult test

Sedge Valley's modest size will not be a problem, even though it has many defenses. GOLF.com Construction on the third 18-hole Sand Valley Golf..


The new Sand Valley design by Tom Doak could be the resort's most difficult test

Sedge Valley's modest size will not be a problem, even though it has many defenses.

GOLF.com

Construction on the third 18-hole Sand Valley Golf Resort course is underway. Sedge Valley, Dream Golf's latest project in Central Wisconsin, will have at least half its holes mowed by September.

Inspired by English gems like Rye, West Sussex and Swinley Forests, the Tom Doak heathland design contrasts with the two 18s at the resort, Sand Valley and Mammoth Dunes. Both are among the GOLF 2020-21 Top 100 courses in the U.S.

These courses measure nearly 7,000 yards each. Sedge Valley will tip out at approximately 6,000 yards and play to par 68. The course is short but will have plenty of defenses despite its length. Michael Keiser, who runs the resort along with Chris, believes that Sedge Valley is the most challenging course on property relative to par.

Bunkers and mounds will surround Sedge Valley's 18th green.

Keiser stated that if you are out of place on the course, it doesn't matter if you have a better angle or a slightly better angle. You might be on the fairway with a wedge. If you are in an incontinence position, you should consider laying up in the right place.

Mike Keiser, the developer of Bandon Dunes, is Michael's son. Chris and Michael are his children. As Sedge Valley was brought to life, they worked closely with Tom Doak of Renaissance Golf Design.

Chris explained that Sedge Valley has had its routing evolve since its inception. Among other changes, the original 5th hole is now the 6th. GOLF.com first reported the course in early this year.

Chris stated, "Even though you know the location of a hole, what are Doak and his team going to come up with for that green or for that bunker?" It's amazing to see all the stages.

Sedge Valley's goal is to seed 12 holes by the end the month. This will give the grass time to grow before winter. The remaining six holes need to be shaped on fairways, greens, bunkers, and tees.

Sedge Valley's second hole is irrigated with irrigation systems.

Sedge Valley will open in 2024 with seven to twelve holes available for preview play next year. The video below gives you an exclusive look at the development at Sedge Valley and a detailed explanation from the Keiser brothers about how the course was built.


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