Building Sand Valley Golf Course Was Just the Beginning for Michael Keiser Jr.
By David A. F. Sweet
When golf course developer Michael Keiser Jr. was asked to assess the potential of land in central Wisconsin, he agreed to drive to Nekoosa, a town of about 2,500 people that sits hours away from any major city.
He found beautiful terrain covered by red pines – but, as he knew beforehand, no ocean bordered it. He wondered: Would golfers come to a seasonal spot without an ocean? His father’s immensely popular creation, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon, sat right on the Pacific. Even Whistling Straits in southeast Wisconsin featured holes on Lake Michigan.
Michael Keiser Sr. suggested a team from the Field Museum in Chicago survey the Wisconsin site to …
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