Sand Valley
Sand Valley

The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that Sand Valley Resort, in Nekoosa, Wis., will be the host site for four USGA championships, beginning with the U.S. Mid-Amateur in 2026. The 2029 U.S. Junior Amateur, 2030 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and 2034 U.S. Girls’ Junior will also be conducted at the resort.

“The USGA is excited to begin this commitment with Sand Valley Resort, and we look forward to a long and fulfilling relationship,” said Mark Hill, USGA managing director, Championships. “The Keiser family has been committed to hosting national championships and promoting amateur competitions. We know that the resort’s courses will challenge and thoroughly impress the world’s best players.”

Sand Valley Resort is owned and operated by Michael and Chris Keiser, sons of Bandon Dunes founder Mike Keiser. The resort occupies more than 12,000 acres of wilderness in the Central Sands of Wisconsin, with dramatic dunes, sand barrens, native pine forest and restored timberland. The resort is located 100 miles north of Madison, 170 miles northwest from Milwaukee and 220 miles from the Chicago area. 


Sand Valley Resort features five acclaimed golf courses. The Lido, the primary course for the 2026 U.S. Mid-Amateur and the 2029 U.S. Junior Amateur, is a private club that welcomes limited resort play. It is an exacting re-creation by Tom Doak and Brian Schneider, with the Renaissance Golf team, of the legendary links originally designed by inaugural U.S. Amateur champion Charles B. Macdonald on Long Island that opened for play in 1917. The new Lido course opened for play earlier this year. The original course on Long Island was repurposed by the U.S. Navy during World War II and closed in 1942. Doak and Schneider worked with golf historian and software designer Peter Flory, utilizing historical surveys, engineering records and photographs to guide the project.

The resort is also home to Sand Valley, designed in 2017 by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw; Mammoth Dunes, designed in 2018 by David McLay Kidd; and Sedge Valley, another Doak design, which is scheduled to open in 2024. Coore and Crenshaw also designed The Sandbox, a 17-hole par-3 course that opened in 2018.

“We have looked forward to this day for a long time,” said Chris Keiser, co-owner of Sand Valley. “Amateur golf is the heart of the game. To have the opportunity to host these elite men and women over the next 10 years is a great honor, and we are thrilled to become part of the history of these great championships.”

Sand Valley Resort, which hosted the 2022 Wisconsin State Amateur, also features a comprehensive practice facility, a tennis center with 15 grass courts and court tennis, casual to fine dining and lodging ranging from clubhouse rooms to spacious cottages and private homes.

There have been 17 USGA championships contested in the state of Wisconsin through the 2023 season, including two U.S. Mid-Amateurs (2008, 2022) and one U.S. Girls’ Junior (2019). Erin Hills, outside of Milwaukee, will host the 2025 U.S. Women’s Open, following the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, 2011 U.S. Amateur and 2017 U.S. Open.

The U.S. Mid-Amateur is open to any amateur who is 25 years old by the start of the championship with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4. The field of 264 players will compete in two rounds of stroke play, after which the field will be reduced to the low 64 scorers for six rounds of match play. The U.S. Junior Amateur follows the same format with a field of comparable size. A competitor must have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 4.4, and not reached his 19th birthday by completion of the championship. The Mid-Amateur and Junior Amateur champions earn exemptions into the following year’s U.S. Open.

The U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur is open to female amateur golfers with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 9.4 and who have reached their 25th birthday by the start of the championship. The field of 132 players competes in two rounds of stroke play, after which the field is reduced to the low 64 scorers for six rounds of match play. The U.S. Girls’ Junior is conducted in the same format, but with a 156-player field. It is open to any female amateur players who have not reached the age of 19 by the completion of championship and whose Handicap Index® does not exceed 9.4. The Women’s Mid-Amateur and Girls’ Junior champions receive exemptions into the following year’s U.S. Women’s Open.

USGA Championships at Sand Valley Resort

2026 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, Sept. 26-Oct. 1

2029 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, July 23-28

2030 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Sept. 7-12

2034 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, July 17-22


ABOUT THE AGC Two Man Links II at Sand Valley

Our 5th annual return will be nothing short of our best year yet as we extend the trip an additional day and include the full experience playing a round on each of Sand Valley's four beautiful courses.

The Two Man Links and Father/Son Championship at Sand Valley Resort is a 72-hole best-ball championship at a Wisconsin gem that offers a similar vibe to the home of the original Two Man Links Championship (Bandon Dunes) with award winning courses designed by Coore and Crenshaw, David McLay Kidd and Tom Doak. (See video below.)

The lodging, food & beverage, and hospitality are sure to exceed your expectations.

If you're interested, don't hesitate. With the schedule we have lined up-- this one will fill quickly!

FATHER & SON CHAMPIONSHIP is pleased to announce that the tournament includes a Father & Son division with gross and net prizes within the division as well as eligibility for the overall gross and net championship titles.


(4) nights lodging at Sand Valley Resort (see options below)
(4) tournament rounds, (1) at Sand Valley (1) at Mammoth Dunes (1) at The Lido and (1) round at The Sedge Valley
(2) group buffet dinners!
$10,000 - plus in tee gifts and prizes
Tournament awards for division winners
Welcome gifts for all players


Thursday, May 15, 2025
- Arrival day, golf at player's expense today (we have a block of tee times for those that arrive early enough)
- 7:00pm - Welcome Dinner at Aldos
- Lodging: Sand Valley Resort

Friday, May 16th, 2025
- Tournament Round 1 at Sedge Valley
- Lodging: Sand Valley Resort

Saturday, May 17th, 2025
- Tournament Round 2 at Mammoth Dunes
- 7:00pm - Dinner at Aldo's
- Lodging: Sand Valley Resort

Sunday, May 18th, 2025
- Tournament Round 3 at The Lido (caddie required, not included in entry fee)
- Lodging: Sand Valley Resort

Monday, May 19th, 2025
- Final tournament round at Sand Valley
- Checkout in the morning before play
- Tournament Awards immediately following play at Sand Valley.


Prizes will be awarded by division based on the number of players in that division as follows:

Father & Son Team (Low Gross and Low Net)
Open Team (Low Gross and Low Net)

SENIORS: A bonus will be awarded to the lowest gross score among teams where both players are age 50 and over)

For net scoring, play will be at 80% of course handicap, with a maximum allowance of 18 for each player, and using the low handicap index for the past year from the USGA GHIN System. A maximum combined team handicap of 36.0 is suggested.

Play will be from the Orange Tees, except that those aged 70+ may elect to play from the Sand Tees.

**LODGING OPTIONS (All prices are per player. We are not yet able to set the final prices for 2025 but expect the range to be from $XXXX per player range for double occupancy to $XXXX per player for the most luxurious room choice.)**

(rooming with another tournament player only) includes 4 rounds of golf, 4 nights of lodging, two dinners, plus $10,000 of prizes plus welcome gifts for all players

$TBD -- ** SINGLE OCC.**
includes 4 rounds of golf, 4 nights of lodging, two dinners, plus $10,000 of tournament prizes and welcome gifts for all players

(separate bedrooms and bathrooms, shared common area). includes 4 rounds of golf, 4 nights of lodging, two big dinners, plus $10,000 of tournament prizes and welcome gifts for all players


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