Tournament Spotlight: Sand County Classic (WI)

Sand County Classic Pond Hockey

Name of the Tournament: Sand County Classic

Location of the Tournament: Rome, Wisconsin

What time of the year? First Weekend of February (Feb 2-5, 2023)

What ages are welcomed to play? 21+ 

Sand County Classic Pond Hockey

What's the size of the tournament? 17 teams and counting..

How long has it been running? Last year was year one, so coming back for a second season.

Any special entertainment? Food trucks are on site.

What are accommodations like nearby (hotels, Airbnb, etc.)? 

Sand Valley is a resort with lodging. Come back in the summer for one of the best golf destinations in the country.

Sand County Classic Pond Hockey

What makes this one unique? What sets it apart?

The ice and the rink set up is one of the best in the state.

Third Assist's Take: The ice and rink set up being one of the best in the state may sound like a bold claim, but after seeing photos and videos from the resort's website we can safely say the Sand County Classic holds up to it. Just check out the link below. As a small business we're fans of the smaller, local tournaments just getting underway in the last couple years. Momentum is building and for good reason: once you discover a setup and amenities like this- and don't have to share it with thousands of others- you'll keep coming back year after year. 

You can find out more about the weekend on their website at

Fun Fact: The founder of Third Assist daylights as a wildlife biologist. Sand County was immediately familiar due to the "Sand County Almanac". This is one of the most famous wildlife books of the last century and it was was written just south of this location in Wisconsin. One more reason to check out the area if you're a wildlife enthusiast.

Have you ever played in the tournament? Let us know your favorite aspects in the comments below. 

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