Friday, September 16, 2016

What's New at Golf Resorts

Sand Valley Resort
Another Keiser Beauty

Mike Keiser, the creator/developer of Bandon Dunes in Oregon and Cabot Links in Canada, opened Sand Valley Golf Resort in central Wisconsin on September 1, 2016. Located near the tourist town of Wisconsin Dells, about a two-hour drive north of Madison, the Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw design promises to offer Bandon Dunes quality and excitement. Visually stunning, the course is natural looking with exposed sand dunes, ridges and valleys. The front nine is hilly, the back nine plays through valleys and the fescue turf makes it play firm and fast. The 1,700-acre Sand Valley Resort, near the small town of Rome, has a 40-room lodge.

New Davis Love III Design at Sea Pines Resort

Slated to open October 3rd at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island is Love III's newest design, Atlantic Dunes. A 5-time winner of the PGA Tour's RBC Heritage Classic on Hilton Head, DLIII knows the island well. Replacing the former Ocean Course at the resort, Atlantic Dunes promises to be very playable for all skill levels with generous landing areas off the tee and huge waste areas. Got a feeling the "Grip It and Rip It" crowd are going to enjoy this one from long hitter DLIII.

The Deuce at Pinehurst Resort

Recently opened is The Deuce, a bar and restaurant overlooking the 18th green of the famed No. 2 course. Featuring a bar with large custom-made windows that open up onto the veranda, the setting is an ideal place to watch all the exciting happenings on the finishing hole. The Deuce serves lunch every day and appetizers throughout the afternoon and evening. An eclectic men features unique items like Crab Hushpuppy Beignets and Loaded Tater Tots. The bar offers a variety of cocktails and local craft beers.

Coming Attractions in Branson, Missouri

Two new courses are set to open in 2017 at this popular, live entertainment capital in the Show-Me state. The Ridge Course, an 18-hole championship layout, is being designed by the team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and a family-friendly, 12-hole course designed by Gary Player will focus on newcomers to the game and novice players.

New Gil Hanse Course

Hanse, who got rave reviews for his design of the Olympics 2016 course in Rio, is designing Streamsong Black at Streamsong Resort in central Florida. Scheduled to open in Fall 2017, the course will be the third at this resort near Lakeland.

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