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Sand Valley begins construction on Sedge Valley

Sand Valley begins construction on Sedge Valley

Tom Doak design inspired by Historic Heathland Courses

By Brian Weis

Sand Valley, one of the country's premier resort destinations set amidst 12,000 acres of tumbling prehistoric sand dunes, announces new plans to expand its golf and resort experience. Construction on Sedge Valley, the third 18-hole design to be built on resort property, will begin in spring, 2022 under the direction of architect Tom Doak and Renaissance Golf Design.

Sedge Valley will add to the resort's collection of top-rated layouts, Sand Valley (Coore & Crenshaw), Mammoth Dunes (David McLay Kidd), The Sandbox (Coore & Crenshaw) and the forthcoming Lido, which will open to members and resort guests in 2023.

"The golf experience at Sedge Valley is completely different from anything else on the property," says Sand Valley co-owner Michael Keiser. "Tom Doak moves so easily from the large-scale engineering project of the Lido to this much more intimate design. Greens are the heart and soul of any golf course. Watching him identify and work his routing to these incredible natural green sites has been an amazing process. This is how the great ones have always done it."

Sedge Valley occupies an intimate piece of Sand Valley's property rich with sandy soil, native groundcover and a prominent rock outcropping. Sand Valley owners Michael and Chris Keiser gave Doak the green light to follow his own inspiration for Sedge Valley - and that started with identifying the most exciting and best green sites the land had to offer.

"When you don't have to think about stretching a course to 7,300 yards, you can start thinking about finding cool green sites without worrying about how close together they are," Doak said. "I don't have to worry as much about a severe slope at the edge of the green being "unfair" if you're hitting a relatively short approach into it. My idea for Sedge Valley is to bring back a more intimate scale and build classically styled holes that everyone can enjoy, but which may require some compromises from the long and wild hitters."

Sedge Valley is scheduled to open in 2024.

"These are exciting times for Sand Valley," Keiser says. "The Lido is growing in and will open in 2023. Sedge Valley will follow a year later, along with some significant additions to the resort experience, which we will be announcing soon."

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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