Golf News for Monday, March 25, 2013 | Courses

Sweetgrass Golf Club honored as "Best in Michigan" by Golfweek

HARRIS, Mich. -- Sweetgrass Golf Club, three-time host of the LPGA's developmental tour, has been named a Best-in-State course in Golfweek Magazine's annual course rankings.

Situated in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the Paul Albanese design has garnered a top-20 spot on the publication's "Best Courses You Can Play" list since 2010. It was recognized for excellent conditioning, variety of holes and routing, among other attributes.

"Golf groups return to Sweetgrass because it's playable, affordable and fun," says General Manager Tom McChesney. "Its unique features make it challenging for professional golfers and amateurs alike."

Among those assets are Sweetgrass' island green on the 15th hole, a severely sloping Biarritz green on the par-4 12th, and a large shared putting surface connecting its ninth and 18th holes. A series of historic iron bridges dot the parkland-style landscape where water comes into play.

The course has released spring stay-and-play golf deals starting at $85 for a round and room, available from the anticipated late-April opening until June 6. Golfers have access to the popular casino with table games and slots, five restaurants and a wealth of resort amenities.

The LPGA Symetra Tour returns to Sweetgrass for the Island Resort Championship June 28-30, 2013, welcoming more than 100 professional women golfers to vie for a $110,000 purse.

For more information: or 877-ISL-GREEN.

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.

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 Pub and Restaurant, 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, 703.891.3320

Janeen Driscoll
Buffalo Communications, 910.690.9711