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June 18, 2024

Keisers to build resort in East Texas

By Alabama Golf News Staff
Wild Spring Dunes artist's rendering

The builder of Bandon Dunes and Sand Valley will build Wild Spring Dunes, a 36-hole golf resort  in East Texas.

Wild Spring Dunes will be a public golf resort and community developed by Michael and Chris Keiser, featuring course designs by Tom Doak. and by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

The property will contain two 18-hole golf courses and golf practice facilities, including a short course, accommodations, homesites and dining facilities.

The Keisers’ company, Dream Golf, has built properties that include the award-winning Bandon Dunes in Oregon and Sand Valley in Wisconsin, along with Rodeo Dunes, under construction in Colorado.

Wild Spring Dunes occupies 2,400 sandy, secluded acres with 120 feet of elevation change and varied topography and ecosystems including tall pines and hardwood forest; open, grassy meadows; rolling hills; and steep ravines carved by spring-fed creeks.

 “We were so fortunate to get a shot at this site,” Michael Keiser said of being invited to Texas by Dallas businessman Brett Messerall, who had pored over more than 1 million acres via satellite and on foot to find the land. “It was so good, so unexpected, we just had to go for it. The golf courses here will have such great diversity and character – I expect them to be among the best in the country.”

 Renowned golf course designer Tom Doak will build the first of two planned 18-hole courses. Bill Coore and Austin, Texas, native Ben Crenshaw, one of the top design duos in the history of the game, have routed a second course.

 “This land just has a different feel from anything I’ve worked on in the past,” Doak says. “That’s the attraction for me, and I think the course will be unique and interesting for golfers.”

 Wild Spring Dunes is located in East Texas, approximately 20 miles north of Nacogdoches, the oldest city in the state. Both Dallas and Houston are two hours by car from the resort site, and Shreveport Regional Airport is just 73 miles away.

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Artist’s rendering of a hole at Wild Springs Dunes courtesy of Dream Golf

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