Michigan is great for golf; just don't forget about the Upper Peninsula
HARRIS, Mich. – If you showed the average person a map of the United States and pointed to a strangely shaped land mass between Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, my guess is that most people would figure it’s Canada or Wisconsin. But it’s actually a part of Michigan, a region that golfers shouldn’t forget.
Having arrived Saturday night to the UP, I am in the midst of checking out a pretty good trifecta of golf courses. Earlier today, it was Greywalls Course at Marquette Golf Club, a stunning Mike DeVries design that makes great use of the rock outcroppings and natural hill topography to create dramatic holes and difficult greens. Tomorrow, it’s Sweetgrass Golf Club, a relatively new bentgrass links-style course that’s connected to the Island Resort Casino in Harris, Mich. And on Tuesday, I’ll be checking out TimberStone at Pine Mountain, which is about an hour or so west in Iron Mountain.
These are three completely different golf courses, offered up in some pretty reasonable packages with the casino resort. For as little as $249 you can get all three courses and two nights lodging at the resort, which offers gaming, entertainment, convention space and seven restaurants/lounges.
This is a golf experience you won’t soon forget with all three layouts ranked among the best in the state. And you can play until 9:30 or 10 p.m. here in the summer.
Plus, you’re unlikely to find a friendlier bunch of folks, who work hard to get your business and even harder to retain it.
And if you’re looking to get away from it all, this is the place do it. As one local resident put it, a traffic jam is a 30-second wait at red light. And now with increased jet service to the Marquette, Mich., airport, it’s easier to get here as well.
There’s still a few weeks left in the season, but don’t wait too long. By mid- to late October, the UP goes turns into the frozen tundra, and it doesn’t come out of it for another six or seven months.
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