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Adams Co. timberland sold for premiere golf course

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Two world famous architects - Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore - have been hired to create a multi-million-dollar golf course on land in Adams County covered with thousands of trees but unique with deep sand.

Last month, Chicago developer Mike Keiser bought 1,500 acres in the Town of Rome from Plum Creek Timber Co. to develop Sand Valley, which could include up to four golf courses and a resort, project manager Craig Haltom said.
 
Sand Valley will be designed to make Wisconsin a top destination for traveling golfers, and developers intend to spend $10 million to $15 million on the project, he said.

"The site itself is good enough that everyone has set expectations that we're going to build a golf course that people will travel to come see," Haltom said.

Green fees would range anywhere from $125 to $150, he said.

"We hope it's the type of golf course where people will come out a few times a year and treat themselves," said Haltom.

The project  is about 20 miles south of Wisconsin Rapids and features some sand dunes that are 80 feet tall, said Haltom, whose company, The Oliphant Cos. in Madison, has been named the course developers.  
 
According to Haltom, Keiser is also involved in multi-course developments in Florida and Nova Scotia. But he's is most known for his work in Bandon, Ore., turning the town into a world premier golf destination.

Haltom said work to remove thousands of trees from the 1,500 acres will begin by spring and planners hope to open the first golf course by early 2017.
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