Bandon Dunes family brings ‘inland-links’ to Weld County
by Jim Bebbington
Rodeo Dunes, a new development proposed for 2,000 acres in northeastern Colorado, got its official green light this week from developers Michael and Chris Keiser.
The Keiser brothers acquired more than 2,000 acres last year near the Roggen exit of Interstate 76, 50 miles northeast of Denver. This week the team announced they are moving ahead with construction of two courses beginning this summer, and noted that the complex is large enough to handle as many as six.
“The moment I set foot on this land, I knew this was the place,” Michael Keiser said. “The dunes are perfect – tall and rolling, with unlimited possibilities for great golf holes.”
Two course layouts are complete: one by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and the other by Jim Craig, a longtime associate of Coore and Crenshaw. It is Craig’s first solo design. The initial construction is expected to be completed in time for the 2025 golf season.
Coore and Crenshaw designed Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Nebraska and have been crafting destination courses since 1986. Craig has worked for C & C for 25 years, working on projects such as East Hampton, Old Sandwich, Friar’s Head, and Sheep Ranch. The company said he was largely responsible for award-winning Sandbox at Sand Valley, Wisconsin. Most recently, he has been the lead associate on McArthur Golf Club in Hobe Sound, FL and The Chain short course at Streamsong.
The Keisers are the sons of Bandon Dunes founder Mike Keiser. They are developing the Rodeo Dunes project as a publicly-accessible Dream Golf Resort. Bandon and the brother’s first project, Sand Valley in Wisconsin, both are built around undulating sand dunes, and the brothers sought land in northeast Colorado that allowed them to build a similar attraction.
“You just could not ask for a better site,” Keiser says. “The land requires minimal shaping. We know what kind of amazing work Bill and Ben do, and their routing is as great as you would expect from them. Jimmy Craig’s layout explores the property in a way that feels both familiar and fresh. These two courses will complement each other and will be a blast to play.”
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