Golf News for Tuesday, December 18, 2012 | Courses

Michigan's Sweetgrass named among best on Golfweek Magazine list

HARRIS, Mich. -- Sweetgrass Golf Club listed among Golfweek Magazine's 50 Best Casino Courses for the third year in a row, announced the club.

Golfweek ranks casino courses annually, recognizing the best golf and gaming facilities throughout the nation. Sweetgrass is listed in the top 25, as printed in its December 7 edition. The 18-hole public layout is an amenity to the Island Resort & Casino in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, owned and operated by the Hannahville Potawatomi community.

"This award recognizes not only the efforts of our golf staff, but also the efforts of our entire resort team," says Tom McChesney, CEO of the Island Resort & Casino, which owns Sweetgrass. "We know golf and casinos work well together to deliver a great experience, both on and off the course."

Since its opening in mid-2008, Sweetgrass has garnered multiple national awards, including Golf Magazine's Best Public Courses in Michigan in 2012, capturing a top-20 spot among more than 1,000 courses in the state. It has also been awarded a top-20 spot on Golfweek's Best-in-State listings, and was a Golf Digest's Best New Course in 2009.

Since 2011, Sweetgrass has hosted the Island Resort Championship, a Symetra Tour - Road to the LPGA - professional golf tournament, which will return in late June of 2013.

The Island Resort & Casino has likewise been lauded recently by several gaming publications, including Gaming Central's "Best of Gaming" 2012 rankings, listing the Island Resort & Casino as the Best overall casino, and Midwest Gaming & Travel, which awarded the resort as a statewide first-place winner in nine categories, including "Best Casino Golf Course."

The 24/7 gaming floor includes over 1,200 slot machines and a variety of table games that include poker, Blackjack, craps, roulette and other popular games. The Island Resort Showroom and Club 41 continue to host award-winning live entertainment. Upcoming performances include Montgomery Gentry, Foreigner, Justin More, and stand-up comedian Ron White.

The resort recently completed a series of upgrades to its campus, including the addition of the new 5 Bridges Restaurant & Pub - a popular 19th hole spot. A new conference center, outdoor patio, and executive VIP rooms were added last year, and many of the resort's rooms have been renovated. The resort launched a new website earlier this year, including a new online gaming portal, found at

Sweetgrass anticipates an April opening for its 2013 season; call 877-ISL-GREEN, or see for overnight packages that include the popular Perfect Foursome, with play on Sweetgrass and two other courses, and stays at the Island Resort and Casino.

About Sweetgrass and the Island Resort & Casino
Owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community, a band of the Potawatomi Nation, Sweetgrass Golf Club and the Island Resort & Casino are located in the unspoiled beauty of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The Sweetgrass Golf Club, site of the 2011-13 Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass (a Symetra Tour stop), was designed by Michigan-native Paul Albanese. It was named a Top 20 Courses You Can Play in Michigan by GOLF Magazine in late 2012, and Best New Course by Golfweek magazine in 2009. For more information, see or via Facebook.

Boasting more than 1,200 slot machines and 24/7 Vegas-style gaming, the Island Resort & Casino ( offers craps, Blackjack, roulette, poker and more. The Island hosts top musical acts from a variety of musical genres. Dining options include the Firekeeper's Restaurant, 5 Bridges, and Coral Reef Grille. Live music in the lounge, the Club Four One nightclub, a swimming pool and conference center are other popular resort offerings. The property is easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette.

Dan Shepherd
Buffalo Communications

Janeen Driscoll
Buffalo Communications