Sand Valley Golf Resort
Sand Valley Golf Resort
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Sand Valley is a place where massive, exposed sand dunes tower above you, where players walk, and where the fescue turf will play firm and fast. Situated on over 1700 acres of massive, tumbling sand dunes and unique heathland vegetation, Sand Valley will bring the drama and playing style of a seaside links to the heartland of America. Located near a small town named Rome in the heart of Wisconsin, Sand Valley is a short drive from cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, and Minneapolis but feels like a world on its own with little you'll see or hear on property that will remind you of the busy world you left behind. With tasteful, comfortable rooms and the stunning views they offer, you'll feel restored and rejuvenated by the scale of the property and the beauty it contains. With the first course, Sand Valley by Coore & Crenshaw to open in 2017 and a second course by David Kidd soon to follow, Sand Valley Golf Resort will soon host 2 world-class golf courses with lodging and amenities that offer relaxed comfort and excellent service. We cannot wait to have you join us and to experience the majestic, tumbling dunes of Sand Valley Golf Resort.
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  • Marty C
    1 contribution
    Awesome
    My wife and I stayed at SV in June 2022 and had a fantastic time. The wife did not play golf, but walked with me and enjoyed the atmosphere. I played all three courses and they were in pristine condition. The track is not overly challenging, but the best way I can describe it is that is was just some very fun rounds of golf in a beautiful area. The service was top notch from the front desk people, bag handlers, shuttle drivers, and restaurant staff. Everyone said hi and asked if we were doing ok. During a storm delay they quickly opened all eating areas and staffed up with people from all over the resort to get people food and drinks. They really worked hard quickly to make everyone happy. I used a caddy for 18 holes and while the caddy was good you don't really need one for these courses. While in Wisconsin I also played the Blackwolf and River courses at Kohler, the Straits, an awesome muni in the Apostle Islands, and a little 9 hole course in Door County. I will go back to SV and they also told us they had a spa in the upcoming plans.
    Written August 13, 2022
  • avideater2
    41 contributions
    Just OK in my book.....
    I just got back from a golf trip with 7 friends. My thoughts, in no particular order: From the time you drive up to the time you leave, customer service is a 10 out of 10! The front desk seemingly has everything you need. Lip balm, toothbrush, Band-Aid, all free of charge! The Ship Sticks cabin are extremely accommodating! The food is excellent. We had the family style dinner every night and were extremely pleased with every dish. The cheese curds are just incredible and you will eat plenty of them before you leave. One thing I did not like is that the lunch menu and the dinner menu are pretty similar. I wish they had different choices for lunch. For instance, on the Mammoth course, they had a food station that had an Italian Beef sandwich. I wasn't hungry at the time, but looked forward to getting it at the bar for lunch. No such luck. The golf courses are extremely nice and extremely easy. It is extremely hard to lose a ball here. I played Sand Valley 3x and Mammoth 2x and did not lose a ball. Even though the courses are nice, they are not worth $225 in my opinion. The caddies are a major problem at this resort! You are presented an "evaluation card" before you start with a big note saying the customary fee for a caddie is $100 (or more if you really liked the service). The first two caddies we had didn't know the course that well. One kept looking at the yardage book, the other just wasn't very good. The next day, we had Chad and Billy. Chad is an outstanding caddie! Chad is worth more than $100 (I gave him $140). Billy was very good as well. Billy was extremely knowledgeable but not as proactive as Chad. The final day, I had a very nice guy, but someone who had limited knowledge of caddying. He was a "bag-toter" and not a caddie. I would have been happy to pay $65 (bag-toter fee) for him to carry my bag. Having to pay a $100 "caddie fee" for someone who admits he received no training on how to be a caddie, didn't sit too well with me. As somebody else mentioned, the dining room just doesn't fit the rest of the resort. The bar area is small and not a very good place to hang out for an extended period. The Sand Box was really nothing to write home about. I wanted to really like this place, but I leave with just an okay feeling and no need to return.
    Written August 27, 2021
  • Jonathan W
    150 contributions
    One of the best trips for friends
    Try to make a golf trip with friends from college every year. This year we decided to head up north and see Sand Valley. Everything about this trip was amazing despite some restrictions with COVID. We stayed in the Lodge Two Queen Room. Massive, clean up to date bathrooms and we had a great view over looking the 18th hole at Sand Valley. Dining was limited but we still made the best of the situation. Breakfast sandwiches at the Mammoth Bar were great for grab and go. Lunch would recommend the Food Truck or Craig's Porch. Dinner, we enjoyed the Food truck over take out from Aldo's. Maybe we had higher expectations for Aldo's but we were slightly disappointed. Food and beverage will be cheaper at the Food truck and Craig's Porch. The ice cream sandwiches are the amazing. They can run out of flavors but I don't think I had a bad one. Golf: The Sandbox: Absolute blast. They allow large groups (7-8 players) so be prepared for a slow round. Highly recommend grabbing a soft cooler from the Food Truck to carry on your round. Lots of fun with different types of shots. Mammoth Dunes: My favorite of the Sand Valley courses. Definitely the easier course vs Sand Valley but our group had an absolute blast hitting into the mammoth greens. Caddies got us lined up perfectly and it was fun to watch the ball roll towards the pin. Sand Valley: Harder of the two courses. Would say it is more of the "tournament" course. Greens are smaller and if you miss them you will be in a lot more trouble than Mammoth. Fairways are tighter as well. Caddies: We had Chad and Jay for our group. Highly recommend them. Chad is one of the most up beat personalities you will meet. Jay is a two time Wisconsin coach of the year. Huge help on shots that you may not have experience playing. These guys took the time to make sure our group had the best trip.
    Written September 16, 2020
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Carson M
1 contribution
Oct 2022
My family (wife, baby and dog) decided to book a last-minute weekend getaway to Sand Valley. I submitted a booking request online and the reservations team responded promptly with a call. They were very helpful in booking a pet friendly room and organized a pack & play for the baby to be placed in our room ahead of arrival.

The room was walking distance from the main clubhouse and located on the lower level facing Hole #18 of the Sand Valley course. The bedroom and bathroom were spacious and well-equipped with amenities. We loved the floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors that offered great views and easy access to our patio sitting area.

We explored the property on foot mostly, but there is a very convenient shuttle that can take you around as well. We did the Ridge Trail hike and the whole family enjoyed the views and fall foliage! Lunch at the Sandbox food truck was quick & easy with nice outdoor seating around the par-3 short course. Dinner later that night was takeout from Aldo’s their farm to table restaurant. Delicious food and a great selection of wines!

On Sunday, the front desk was very accommodating and granted a late check out so that I could play Mammoth Dunes in the morning and still have time to shower before our drive back to Chicago. Overall the rooms were comfortable, staff was hospitable and we loved the food! Looking forward to visiting again soon.
Written October 25, 2022
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James G
1 contribution
Aug 2022
Lovely property and golf courses. Staff very friendly.

The pace of play is a real downside. 4 hours and 40 minutes for an afternoon round and next day 4 hour and 50 minute round for a morning tee time. Waited on nearly every shot.
Written August 29, 2022
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John T
2 contributions
Aug 2022
I will never play it since it is walking only. Spare me that's the way golf should be. Once you allow carts, I will bring my group.
Written August 25, 2022
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Marty C
1 contribution
Jun 2022
My wife and I stayed at SV in June 2022 and had a fantastic time. The wife did not play golf, but walked with me and enjoyed the atmosphere. I played all three courses and they were in pristine condition. The track is not overly challenging, but the best way I can describe it is that is was just some very fun rounds of golf in a beautiful area. The service was top notch from the front desk people, bag handlers, shuttle drivers, and restaurant staff. Everyone said hi and asked if we were doing ok. During a storm delay they quickly opened all eating areas and staffed up with people from all over the resort to get people food and drinks. They really worked hard quickly to make everyone happy. I used a caddy for 18 holes and while the caddy was good you don't really need one for these courses. While in Wisconsin I also played the Blackwolf and River courses at Kohler, the Straits, an awesome muni in the Apostle Islands, and a little 9 hole course in Door County. I will go back to SV and they also told us they had a spa in the upcoming plans.
Written August 13, 2022
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EauClaire2018
Eau Claire, WI3 contributions
Aug 2022
The service has totally went down hill. Our food was horrible. We have been here numerous times as we have a cabin just a few miles away. I am not sure what has changed but was extremely disappointed not sure we will ever be back.
Written August 12, 2022
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mauiwahine
Wisconsin752 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Mammoth Bar has a great view and nice ambience. But what surprised us is finding probably the best chicken sandwich and burger we’ve ever had. We ordered the Southern Crispy Chicken Sandwich and Mammoth burger. Great service, friendly people. Fantastic!
Written April 15, 2022
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Norman C
9 contributions
Sep 2021
Sand Valley is a dream come true. My wife says it was the most beautiful golf experience we have ever had....and I agree. We liked our room looking out to Sandbox (which by the way is one of the best 3 par courses in the world). The food at the main house was great and a must are the ice cream sandwiches and tacos at Chucks Shack. We will come back many more times.
Written October 2, 2021
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Wisconsinite
Seattle, Washington, United States2 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
This is our second trip to Sand Valley and wow has it gone downhill. We booked rooms with our family and we’re put as far apart as possible, next to the food truck with a generator that ran continuously. The staff was rude when I asked for a quiet room and as a Wisconsinite, I can’t recommend this as a great place to relax any longer.
Written September 5, 2021
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avideater2
Atherton, CA41 contributions
Aug 2021
I just got back from a golf trip with 7 friends. My thoughts, in no particular order:

From the time you drive up to the time you leave, customer service is a 10 out of 10! The front desk seemingly has everything you need. Lip balm, toothbrush, Band-Aid, all free of charge! The Ship Sticks cabin are extremely accommodating!

The food is excellent. We had the family style dinner every night and were extremely pleased with every dish. The cheese curds are just incredible and you will eat plenty of them before you leave. One thing I did not like is that the lunch menu and the dinner menu are pretty similar. I wish they had different choices for lunch. For instance, on the Mammoth course, they had a food station that had an Italian Beef sandwich. I wasn't hungry at the time, but looked forward to getting it at the bar for lunch. No such luck.

The golf courses are extremely nice and extremely easy. It is extremely hard to lose a ball here. I played Sand Valley 3x and Mammoth 2x and did not lose a ball. Even though the courses are nice, they are not worth $225 in my opinion.

The caddies are a major problem at this resort! You are presented an "evaluation card" before you start with a big note saying the customary fee for a caddie is $100 (or more if you really liked the service). The first two caddies we had didn't know the course that well. One kept looking at the yardage book, the other just wasn't very good. The next day, we had Chad and Billy. Chad is an outstanding caddie! Chad is worth more than $100 (I gave him $140). Billy was very good as well. Billy was extremely knowledgeable but not as proactive as Chad. The final day, I had a very nice guy, but someone who had limited knowledge of caddying. He was a "bag-toter" and not a caddie. I would have been happy to pay $65 (bag-toter fee) for him to carry my bag. Having to pay a $100 "caddie fee" for someone who admits he received no training on how to be a caddie, didn't sit too well with me.

As somebody else mentioned, the dining room just doesn't fit the rest of the resort. The bar area is small and not a very good place to hang out for an extended period.

The Sand Box was really nothing to write home about.

I wanted to really like this place, but I leave with just an okay feeling and no need to return.
Written August 27, 2021
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Michael P
3 contributions
Jul 2021
The experience is incredible. No carts just adds to the great aura of the place. The accommodations are the best with scattered cottages around the property. I left my golf shoes on the property when we left. They shipped them to me the next day with no charges.
Written August 3, 2021
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