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Sand Valley Golf Resort Progress Report - As of July 1, 2016

An Interview With Michael Miller, Resort Operations Manager

By Brian Weis

Sand Valley Golf Resort has been generating massive media buzz in anticipation of its 2017 grand opening. So much so, the course has already been labeled as The Bandon Dunes of the Midwest. I recently caught up with Michael Miller, Resort Operations Manager, and he shared the latest on the project.

Q: When I visited last August, 6 holes were planted on the first course-a Coore & Crenshaw design-and it was reported that the course was slightly ahead of schedule due to favorable growing conditions. What is the current status of the course?
The Coore & Crenshaw course will host preview play for Founders and Sand Valley Insiders (you can sign-up to become an Insider at in 2016 and will open to the general public in 2017. We started 2016 with 13 finished holes, and the remaining 5 holes have been seeded and are growing in. We expect Founders and Insiders to be playing the full 18 holes by early September. The golf course is walking-only but caddies are available and encouraged.

Q: Any new developments with the David McLay Kidd-designed second course?
A: Site prep and shaping continues on David's course, with preview play scheduled for 2017. We are excited for the Armchair Architect Contest being run by Golf Digest in tandem with David Kidd and Sand Valley. You have a chance to design the Par 4, 14th hole on David's course and have until July 15th, 2016, to submit your design. Visit for more information!

Q: Have locations been determined for the club house and lodging. Has ground been broken?
Our first 4-bedroom cottage is already hosting overnight guests. Two additional 4-bedroom cottages are under construction and will open in August, and an additional 12-bedroom lodge (overlooking Coore & Crenshaw's 18th hole) will open this year.

Q: Why should a trip to Sand Valley be on every golfer's bucket list?
We are excited to share Sand Valley with the golfing world because the terrain-with mammoth 80-foot sand ridges and rolling valleys-is so unique, particularly to the Midwest, but also within the United States. These prehistoric sand dunes appear made for a golf course to be routed through them. With Coore & Crenshaw and David Kidd working on the project-two of the best in the world--the experience will be truly unique and extremely fun.

Q: Anything else to report?
2017 reservations will open to Sand Valley Insiders and the general public in mid/late July, so visit and sign up to be an Insider so that you are the first to know when 2017 reservations open.

Revised: 07/08/2016 - Article Viewed 33,350 Times - View Course Profile

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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