Dare to be different: Tom Doak’s unconventional design gets nod for next Sand Valley course
It was a three-way horserace, down to the wire in Nekoosa, Wisc.
In a photo-finish, Tom Doak prevailed.
The vaunted architect, known for his modern-minimalist designs, will build the third 18-hole course at Sand Valley Golf Resort, edging fellow designers Gil Hanse and Mike DeVries by a nose.
In keeping with his reputation for out-of-the-box thinking, Doak earned the nod with an unconventional idea. His proposed routing, tentatively named Sedge Valley, calls for a shorter-than-usual par-67 or 68 course that will tip out at no more than 6,100 yards, and feature a mix of drivable par-4s.