Sand Valley


Meet the Felkers


Sand Valley is home-away-from-home for a Chicago family

From the first moment that Steve and Susan Felker laid their eyes on the rolling dunes of Sand Valley, they knew that it was an incredibly special place. These first memories clearly had a lasting impact on the Felkers, who moved into their Sand Valley home in September, and their passion for the Sand Valley community has only grown in repeated visits to the resort.

Originally from St. Louis, Steve and Susan Felker have lived in Chicago for the past 10 years. Upon its opening, Sand Valley became an obvious opportunity for escape for their family, and after a few visits to the resort, the decision to purchase one of the few homes from the first stage of real estate development was a no-brainer.

“Once we saw the plans and started talking about it, it just made a lot of sense to us,” said Steve. “It’s a perfect place for us to visit, and especially to have family events there. We’re planning on having Thanksgiving there this year.”

Adventure awaits

For the Felkers, it’s the unmatched opportunity for adventure offered by Sand Valley that makes their new home-away-from-home truly enjoyable. The variety of activities available allows for endless entertainment for themselves, their children, and their grandchildren.

Steve and Susan’s four sons are all athletic and competitive—using Sand Valley’s multitude of options to have fun challenges with one another. Their home provides a landscape that brings families together with a variety of options—the parents and grown sons having a post-dinner coffee while the kids play in the nearby sand dunes.

August Felker, one of Steve and Susan’s four sons, has four children of his own, and he says that they love the variety of activities available to them.“

My oldest is already into golf—he loves to be out on the course—and my younger kids, in the summer, love swimming,” said August. “And their most favorite thing to do is to go see the chickens.”

Susan says that between the expansive hiking trails, the fat tire bikes, Lake Leopold, the lively chicken coop, and of course the golf courses, there is never a shortage of fun for her family.

“It’s very, very family-friendly,” she said. “There’s so much to do here, even if you don’t play golf. So, I have a hard time even saying it’s just a golf resort. I think it’s an amazing place.”

With the Felker clan scattered across the country—August and his family reside in Madison, and his other brothers, Charlie, Henry, and Teddy, live in St. Louis, San Francisco, and Chicago—Sand Valley provides a great opportunity for the entire family to come together.

“It’s what we enjoy doing more than anything as a family, being active together. And that’s why Sand Valley is the perfect place.”

The Felkers are expecting to make multiple trips a year to their new Sand Valley home and plan on renting out their space when they’re not in town. They say they’re even excited for some potential winter visits, when alternative activities like snowshoeing will present a different look at the spectacular Sand Valley landscape.

 Bright future

But with all their excitement about their future at Sand Valley, they’re equally excited about the future that Sand Valley will provide for the local community.

“It’s already amazing to see the impact that the golf resort has had on this area,” said Steve. “It’s helped the local economy, helped people have jobs—people are ecstatic about it. And they have a great vision of really keeping the wildlife and the surrounding areas as they are, protecting the environment, and even making it better if they can. It’s something special, and a really great place to be a part of.”


Brendan McCarthy