The developer of the Sand Valley Golf Resort is planning to build another 18-hole course to the north of the existing resort on around 850 acres in the Town of Rome near Nekoosa, according to documents submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The proposal also includes 17 single-family homes on lots ranging from five to 22 acres.
The resort, located in Adams County just east of Petenwell Lake, has quickly become a top golf destination in the country since opening its first course, called Sand Valley, in 2017. A second course, Mammoth Dunes, was opened at the resort in 2018 along with a par 3 course called The Sandbox. Work on a fourth course, called Sedge Valley, is also underway at the resort.
A Sand Valley-affiliated entity, Archer North LLC, purchased 858 acres directly north Sand Valley last week for $1.8 million from a Seattle-based timberland company. Michael Keiser, the developer of Sand Valley, said at the time there was nothing he could share about the purchase and reiterated that position when asked about the DNR documents.
Another Sand Valley entity, Wisconsin Dunes LLC, submitted a stormwater management notice of intent in hopes of beginning clearing, grubbing, tree removal and grading of the site. The documents list a Sept. 21 start date for the project and a completion in September 2021.
[caption id="attachment_513219" align="alignnone" width="1193"] A Vierbicher concept layout of the planned fifth course at Sand Valley in central Wisconsin.[/caption]
Each of the resort’s courses has attracted top golf course architects with Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore designing Sand Valley, David McLay Kid designing Mammoth Dunes and Tom Doak working on Sedge Valley.
The documents submitted to the DNR do not identify an architect for the fourth 18-hole course. They do show a concept plan routing on around 215 acres with a variety of different length holes, suggesting the project is more than another par 3 course.
Another 316 acres would be used for forest and undergrowth restoration, 172 acres for prairie restoration and 132 acres for restoration of dunes and berms. The single-family homes would cover around 233 acres.
The DNR’s review of the proposal did identify potential issues with threatened or endangered species, according to the documents. It is unclear if those issues have been addressed.