For his newest project, golf course visionary Mike Keiser once again has turned to the Rogers and Astaire of design.
The Bandon Dunes developer has hired Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw to create the first course at Sand Valley, a planned golf mecca in central Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Tuesday.
Keiser chose Coore and Crenshaw from a short list of candidates that included Tom Doak, David Kidd and Jim Urbina, the developer told the newspaper. Coore and Crenshaw designed the Bandon Trails and Bandon Preserve layouts at Bandon Dunes and currently are working on Cabot Cliffs in Nova Scotia, another Keiser project.
By selecting Coore and Crenshaw, golf’s King Midas certainly has ratcheted up expectations for his Cheeseland venture.
Score another win for Mike Whan and the LPGA. The women’s tour has created a season-long points competition, the Race to the CME Globe, that will commence with the season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic on Jan. 23 and culminate at the newly renamed CME Group Tour Championship in November. The winner will take home a $1 million bonus.
The LPGA joins the PGA Tour (with its FedEx Cup) and European Tour (Race to Dubai) in offering a points race with a pot of gold at the end. This certainly will add intrigue to the battle for LPGA supremacy among Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen and Stacy Lewis. And don’t count out the possibility of teenager Lydia Ko lining her pockets come year’s end.
A footnote: With the renaming of its season-ending event, the LPGA apparently has retired the venerable Titleholders moniker yet again.