In episode 18 of the PostCast, Sean Fairholm and Cassie Stein are joined by Global Golf Post Travel Editor/Senior Writer John Steinbreder to talk about his recent visit to Sand Valley Golf Resort in Wisconsin.
The resort, which sits in the north-central part of the state and is about 108 miles north of Madison, has received a significant amount of praise for the work Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw did in designing a links-style course on a unique piece of property. There is also another course designed by David McLay Kidd, which is currently being built.
Steinbreder enjoyed his time at Sand Valley, noting how the resort’s understated nature adds to its appeal:
“There are a lot of similarities to Bandon Dunes, both just in terms of the overall ethos of the resort and an elegant austerity, if that makes sense. All of the amenities are there and they are being built as we speak, but it is done in a typically understated way. But what is really important is the golf course. It’s sand-based and an incredible piece of property.”
Steinbreder goes into great detail on Sand Valley but also touches on Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri, which he had the chance to enjoy this month.
“It’s in the Ozark Mountains and it is spectacular country, but it’s not a place that is on everyone’s list of great golf destinations yet. It’s coming into its own.”
Click here to listen to all of the conversation with Steinbreder as he breaks down those resorts and comments on where he believes golf course design is headed.