That was quick..."Sand Valley is progressing quite nicely. So nicely, Keiser has decided to start the second course there, and has narrowed his design candidates to Tom Doak ... or the team of Rod Whitman/Dave Axland. ... Doak appears to be the frontrunner." See page 2: http://www.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=211327&p=4
Mike also went out of his way to talk with Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio so I'd not be surprised if they get a tract in the future.
Quote from: Steve Lapper on January 09, 2014, 10:18:30 amMike also went out of his way to talk with Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio so I'd not be surprised if they get a tract in the future.I'd be pretty surprised. If you read the article, it says Mike also talked to Nicklaus and Fazio, "for whom he has great respect." It doesn't say who called whom.Naturally, we're bummed we didn't get the nod for course #1 -- it's tough to keep losing out on jobs to the same guys, even if they are friends whom we totally respect. We worked at Bandon and Barnbougle before them, and at Streamsong concurrently; I guess if we work in Wisconsin it will have to be after them, which would make for a different dynamic but could be fun. I just hope there IS a second course, but it sounds very likely from my conversation with Mike a couple of weeks ago.
I find it highly unlikely that Kaiser will hand over the land to a Fazio and/or Nicklaus. It's possible, sure, but it would certainly break the successful mold.
With all due respect to the many excellent candidates, I dearly hope Sir Nuzzo gets one of the Sand Valley commissions before all is said and done.
Another question is will they go fescue which is finally thriving at Erin Hills under a no cart policy. I also wonder given how hot and humid summers get in Wisconsin if they will maintain a no cart policy like Bandon or if they will rotate carts on one of the courses so a walk ride 36 day is reasonable for a broader range of the market in the heat of summer.
God, I hope there are no carts. That would be a complete shame on that property.