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Planning for the ultimate Sand Valley Buddies Trip

Sand Valley with a group of friends, teammates or family is an experience of a lifetime.

Sand Valley with a group of friends, teammates or family is an experience of a lifetime.

No two golf trips are the same. In the few short years since it opened, Sand Valley has witnessed it all. From a group of guys heading to the resort in an SUV to a few dozen members of a southern U.S. private club arriving for a weekend getaway, the resort has opened its arms to the world.

With this four-day itinerary we present you with one option, as experienced by guest Nate Carr and his group of seven friends during the summer of 2018. It’s filled with the expected and unexpected. A group of seven on the Sandbox, ice cream sandwiches galore, alternate shot on Mammoth Dunes, and a dip in Lake Leopold.

BUDDIES TRIP – DAY 1

Arrive, settle in, warm up, and catch up

3 pm — Arrivals

5 pm — “Hit & Giggle” at the Sandbox

7:30 pm — Mammoth Bar Dinner

The rooms were big, the beds were comfortable, and the showers were powerful enough to remove all the sand that accumulates after days spent sweating in the dunes.

—Nate Carr

BUDDIES TRIP – DAY 2

Team building and starting the competition

7:30 am — Breakfast at Craig’s Porch

8 am — Sand Valley “Team Building”

12:30 pm — Lunch at Craig’s Porch

2 pm — Competition Begins on the Sandbox – 4 vs 4 Scramble

7 pm — Dinner in Aldo’s

BUDDIES TRIP – DAY 3

36 Holes: Competition gets serious on Mammoth Dunes and Sand Valley

8 am — Mammoth Dunes Modified Alternate Shot

2 pm — Sand Valley Best-Ball

7 pm — Dinner In Lake Leopold Cottage

The fact that I can vividly remember every hole of Mammoth weeks later says something about how special it is. As I walked off, I asked someone to find me David McLay Kidd because I needed to give him a hug!

—Nate Carr

BUDDIES TRIP – DAY 4

Sandbox scramble and Mammoth singles

7:30 am — Breakfast at Craig’s Porch

8 am — Sand Valley “Team Building”

12:30 pm — Lunch at Craig’s Porch

2 pm — Competition Begins on the Sandbox – 4 vs 4 Scramble

7 pm — Dinner in Aldo’s

STAFF TIP: If your group is looking for a day to “sleep in” but you still want to play more than 18 holes, start your day on the Sandbox around 9:30 or 10 am.

GROUP TAKEAWAY: Sand Valley proved to be an ideal backdrop for our trip because it fits so many different types of golfers, enabling everyone to enjoy the experience. It is still young—only open for a few years—and will likely have evolved when I return. But with so much forthcoming—lawn tennis, more

Brendan McCarthy