It’s been difficult to find many people who are investing in golf these days. The economy has taken its toll in more ways than one and on the course side of the ledger, it’s been a case of contraction versus expansion. Hard to believe once upon a time, it was projected golf needed to open a new course a day in order to keep up with perceived future demand! 

While that projection missed the mark, one individual doesn’t seem to be discouraged by the current market conditions. Mike Keiser, who made a fortune through a Chicago-based greeting card company, is continuing to buy properties to build golf courses. Bandon Dunes remains his crown jewel but he’s expanded his horizons to include Nova Scotia and now Wisconsin. 

“I have purchased the land and The Founders and I have decided to build the first of four golf courses at Sand Valley,” Keiser announced. “The first course will be designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (Bandon Trails, Cabot Cliffs). Design work will begin as soon as the snow melts and we plan to be open for play in Spring 2016. With Cabot Cliffs (Inverness, Nova Scotia) underway and Gil Hanse and I working on Bandon Links (Bandon, OR), I really tried to resist this project, but within 30 minutes of being on site, I was hooked. It is a thrilling dunescape – a cross between Pine Valley and Sand Hills.” Golf has a new destination in the works.