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The Foundations of Michael and Chris Keiser’s new Colorado project, Rodeo Dunes, are taking shape


The dunescape at the proposed Rodeo Dunes site.

For several years, rumors have swirled like breezes across the plains about Michael and Chris Keiser – Sand Valley owners and sons of Bandon Dunes founder Mike Keiser – pursuing a parcel of hidden dunesland just northwest of I-76, less than an hour from Denver.  For many golfers, there is no greater aspiration than playing across heaving dunes with scenic vistas and shifting winds.  The Rodeo Dunes project has recently taken major steps toward becoming reality.

The dunescape at the proposed Rodeo Dunes site.

The Keiser brothers have acquired more than 2,000 acres of dunes near the Roggen exit, 50 miles from downtown Denver and just 42 miles from Denver International Airport.  The award-winning design duo Coore and Crenshaw have routed one course, and in true ranching tradition, their longtime associate Jimmy Craig has fashioned a second routing through the property’s humps and hollows.

According to developer Michael Keiser, the Rodeo Dunes land has the potential to be home to golf holes reminiscent of the great Irish links, such as Lahinch Golf Club in Ireland, pictured here.

Golf construction is slated to commence in summer of 2023, with vertical construction to follow in the next few years.  The Keisers have hired golf industry veteran and Colorado resident Josh Evenson to manage the rollout of Rodeo Dunes, and much more information should be coming soon.

For Colorado’s golf enthusiasts, the news from Rodeo Dunes is a welcome holiday gift indeed!

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