Armchair Architect 2016: Construction and Kismet

Virtual golf design met the real thing in mid-July at Sand Valley Golf Resort in central Wisconsin. Brian Silvernail, winner of Golf Digest's 2016 Armchair Architect contest, spent a weekend consulting with golf architect David McLay Kidd on the site of the resort's second 18, Mammoth Dunes, now under construction. Silvernail's winning design, selected last fall by Kidd and resort owner Mike Keiser from among 532 entries, serves as the template for the downhill, drivable par-4 14th hole.

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Elena Scheiner
The Golf World Discovers Wisconsin

A lot of people are still trying to get their heads around the idea that the golf world’s most celebrated new destination is in Middle of Nowhere, Wisconsin, right next to taxidermy shops and ma and pa restaurants.

There really is a Ma and Pa’s Family Restaurant just a few miles from Sand Valley, the Adams County golf resort that has golf pilgrims squinting at their GPS devices. We passed the restaurant driving to Sand Valley from Madison last week.

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Elena Scheiner
New Restaurant 3 Lakes Bistro Opens in Rome

Rick Finco opened 3 Lakes Bistro as a new dining option for the village and the surrounding area. He said there are already a lot of bar and grill restaurants, and he wanted to offer something different. Finco describes the restaurant as a casual place to find fresh cuisine. It's not a bar and grill or a supper club, but a bistro.

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Elena Scheiner