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Beyond Golf

There’s more to Sand Valley than just great golf. In fact, in addition to the short game facility and tremendous practice area, Sand Valley offers tennis and trails—perfect for decompressing after a round.

Fat Tire Biking

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The sand is flying and you’re dashing down a hill, with a panorama of the incredible Wisconsin countryside as your view. That’s the experience of fat tire biking in the unforgettable Wisconsin barrens.

In recent years fat tire biking—bikes with tires that are four or five inches wide and keep you stable on sand and other surfaces—have gained a ton of fans. The bikes were initially devised for Alaskan winters, but have adapted perfectly to the snowy trails surrounding Sand Valley.

At Sand Valley you have two options for fat tire biking—the Quicksand Trail and the Whitville Loop Trail. So hop on a bike at the clubhouse and explore Sand Valley’s surroundings.

QUICKSAND TRAIL: A relatively easy loop over a mile will help get you adjusted to fat tire biking or prepare you for a more challenging ride. Of course, you can simply run the loop more than once, and while riding you’ll get a great look at Aldo’s Garden, the Chicken Coop, and Sand Valley’s practice facility.

WHITVILLE LOOP: A more advanced trail, this will reward you with spectacular views of the sandy hills and nature that sprawls through the sand barrens of Wisconsin. Over three miles, this trail runs along an 80-foot sand ridge, with the incredible courses of Sand Valley below, and the fully restored prairie on the other side. This is a more advanced trail, and takes the rider through rolling hills, stands of red pine, and provides a sense of all the features that make up the property at Sand Valley.

Swimming and Fishing in Lake Leopold

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Located beside the ninth hole at Sand Valley, Lake Leopold is an important part of the Sand Valley experience. The lake, named after American environmentalist Aldo Leopold, is perfect for a swim in the summer sun, or dipping a line in the glistening waters to try to convince a fish to bite.

Taking the Trail

Interested in taking the road less traveled? At Sand Valley that means heading out on one of the two trails that run throughout the resort—one a bit friendlier and the other more of a challenge. Both trails are open to the public, as well as those staying at the resort.

SONGBIRD TRAIL: The easier of the two trails at Sand Valley, this path takes you through a sampling of the restoration and remnant areas as well as past golf landscapes and an intact red pine plantation. It is approximately 1.2 miles long and starts near Craig’s Porch on Sand Valley’s Golf Course. Stop in the clubhouse to ask for directions to the trail.

RIDGE TRAIL: This advanced three-mile trail traverses along the V ridge on the new Mammoth Dunes golf course. The trail features expansive sand blowouts, a red pine plantation, and a majestic oak savanna. Hikers will enjoy spectacular elevated views of the Mammoth Dunes course, including vistas on sand ridges as high as 80 feet above the course. This marked trail begins and ends at the Sand Valley Clubhouse.

WHEN IN ROME

Located 90 minutes north of Madison, Rome is the nearest town to Sand Valley. Only minutes away by car, the area offers golf and a variety of outdoor activities, ranging from watersports on local lakes to taking an ATV through the rugged terrain.

Watersports

SHERMALOT WATER SKI TEAM: The Shermalot Water Ski Show Team is the third-longest continuous running water ski show in the state of Wisconsin and is a major tourist attraction. The team, which has been ranked in the top 10 ski shows in the country, performs shows twice at the Lake Arrowhead Dam during the summer, and also performs shows on Lake Camelot and Lake Sherwood for special events.

Motorsports

DYRACUSE RECREATIONAL PARK: An off-road park that is open early April through October, Dyracuse is situated on 334 acres. There are Motocross/Super-cross and Pee Wee tracks and over 10 miles of trails, with new trails being added. The Rapid Angels Motorcycle Club also owns a portion of the park and hosts several annual competitions including Motocross and Hill Climb events and a Harescramble.

Trapshooting

For more than a century, trapshooting has been a popular and unique activity in the state of Wisconsin, and specifically in the area around Rome. With an emphasis on gun safety, the region’s trapshooting is conducted at the Wisconsin Trapshooting Association’s world-class Olympic-style facility located in Rome, which has 30 trap fields and numerous shooting experiences. The site also features the Homegrounds RV Park, and is the host site for the Wisconsin State Shoot, which lures more than 1,400 competitors to the area every July.

Lakes

LAKE CAMELOT: Lower Camelot Lake is first in a series of lakes where Fourteen Mile Creek enters. Lower Camelot Lake is 260 surface acres, with a maximum depth of 24 feet and an average depth of eight feet. Spring Branch Creek enters Upper Camelot Lake, which has 191 surface acres, a maximum depth of about 25 feet, and an average depth of eight feet. A channel connects Lower Camelot Lake to Upper Camelot Lake. There is a public boat ramp located on southwest side of Lower Camelot Lake.

LAKE ARROWHEAD: At 350 surface acres in size, with a maximum depth of 30 feet, Lake Arrowhead has an average depth of eight feet. There is a public boat ramp located on southwest side of the lake.

LAKE PETENWELL: Wisconsin’s second largest body of water was created by Wisconsin River Power Company in the 1940s when it created the hydroelectric dam on the Wisconsin River. It is a man-made lake of 23,040 acres and a maximum depth of 48 feet.

LAKE SHERWOOD: At 243 surface acres in size, and a maximum depth of 24 feet, both the Upper and Lower Camelot Lakes flow through dams into Sherwood Lake. There is a public boat launch on Sherwood Lake on the southwest edge of the lake.

For more information: www.visitromewi.com

Brendan McCarthy