Golf News for Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | Courses

Sweetgrass Golf Club ranked Best in Michigan by Golfweek magazine

HARRIS, Mich. -- Sweetgrass Golf Club - host course of the LPGA Symetra Tour's annual Island Resort Championship - has captured "Best in State" rankings by Golfweek for the fourth consecutive year.

An amenity of the Island Resort & Casino, Sweetgrass ( claims the 14th spot in the national publication's annual list, among more than 600 regulation courses in golf-rich Michigan.

"With so many playing choices, we're especially gratified that golfers return to Sweetgrass each season in greater numbers," says Dave Douglas, Head Golf Professional. "These continued accolades affirm our commitment to providing premium value and quality playing experiences."

Situated in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the Paul Albanese design has been recognized for excellent conditioning, hole variety and overall routing, among other attributes. Several professional golfers from the Symetra Tour have praised the parkland-style layout for its challenging green complexes and overall playability.

Spring stay-and-play golf deals start at $85 for a round and room at the Island Resort & Casino, and are available from the season's start through June 5. The Perfect 4-Some Package -- with rounds at Sweetgrass and two other top-ranked regional courses, plus two-nights' stay -- starts at $245 midweek.

Golfers can access to the popular casino that features table games, slot machines and a poker room; five restaurants; and a wealth of resort amenities.

Sweetgrass and the Island Resort & Casino welcome the return of the Symetra Tour -- the LPGA's official qualifying tour - June 28-30, 2014.

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.

Sweetgrass Golf Club, site of the Island Resort Championship, (a Symetra Tour stop), was designed by Michigan-native Paul Albanese and opened in 2008.

Boasting more than 1,300 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