Sand Valley Golf Resort is a continuation of Mike Keiser’s mission (Bandon Dunes Founder) to bring “Golf As It Was Meant To Be” to the U.S. Located in central Wisconsin, Sand Valley is situated on over 1,700 acres of massive, tumbling native sand dunes and unique heathland vegetation. Sand Valley Golf Resort features 3 distinct golf courses: Sand Valley, by design team Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, opened May 2017 and was awarded “Best New Course You Can Play-2017” by Golf Magazine. Mammoth Dunes by David Kidd opened early summer 2018 and was awarded “The Best New Course of 2018”. The Sandbox is a 17-hole par-3 course designed by Coore & Crenshaw and was named “Best New Short Course- 2018”. In addition to the golf courses, Sand Valley also has a grass tennis complex consisting of 9 courts.
Sand Valley provides a working environment where interns are executing the skills they study in school. We are committed to exceeding guest expectations, along with our fast-paced environment interns are pushed to learn and succeed every day on the job. Students who participate in the Sand Valley internship program should expect to have a world class learning experience. Continued education that goes beyond the classroom. Our program is designed to provide you with a practical account of all aspects of golf course maintenance and management skills including but not limited to:
Participate with small construction and grow- in projects
Aquatic maintenance of lakes and ponds
Toro Lynx central control training
Fertilizer/pesticide application, calibration and record keeping
Management of small crews for various projects
Turfgrass cultural practices (mowing, verticutting, topdressing, aerifying, rolling, etc…)
Management of fine fescue fairways
Management and restoration of natural areas/sand barrens. Natural bunker maintenance
Exposure to minimalist maintenance approach producing firm and fast conditions
Maintenance and daily setup of grass tennis courts
Education: Tour of the Toro Company Manufacturing facility in Tomah, with education to include Toro's approach to the future of technology. The Bernhard Company- reel technology seminar with the training of grinding techniques
The internship includes free housing, discounted dining, playing privileges on all 3 courses, grass tennis courts, bocce ball, fat tire biking, hiking trails, uniforms provided, discounts in the Pro Shop, monthly barbeques as well as other group appreciation events/outings. Employee meals provided, free Coca-Cola products.
Positive attitude and eager to learn.
Understand the commitment and time required in maintaining a world class golf resort.
Excellent work ethic.
Have a strong eye for detail.
Willing to work as part of a team in an organized, high-paced environment.
Ability to listen and efficiently competed assigned tasks.
Interns are categorized into 3 tiers based on knowledge and level of experience.
If you are interested in joining the Sand Valley Team, please contact Rob Duhm, Director of Agronomy firstname.lastname@example.org or you may contact each Superintendent directly:
Currently enrolled or planning on enrolling in a 2 or 4 year Turfgrass program. Also open to recent graduates looking for more experience.
About Sand Valley
Located in central Wisconsin, in Town of Rome, Sand Valley is situated in the pre-historic lake bottom in the sand barren region of the state. The development currently covers 9,000 acres of previously wooded timber land, which is being resorted to its natural dunes land state. Sand Valley opened its first course and 50 overnight rooms in 2017, followed by the opening of Mammoth Dunes by David Kidd and the Sandbox, a 17-hole short course by Coore & Crenshaw in May of 2018. In addition to three award winning golf courses, the property currently entails: 100 room (keys) 168 beds of overnight accommodations, an intimate housing development, food and beverage outlets, an indoor fitness center, hiking trails, grass tennis courts and other outdoor activities.
Sand Valley is the original course to the property routed on a 320-acre footprint. The course possesses 70 acres of a fine fescue variety for tees and fairways. The greens consist of modern creeping bentgrass varieties while covering 4.5 acres of the course.