Golf News for Friday, August 29, 2014 | Courses

Michigan's Sweetgrass Golf Club earns honor from GOLF Magazine

HARRIS, Mich. -- Sweetgrass Golf Club - the award-winning amenity course at Island Resort & Casino - has again been ranked a top course in Michigan by GOLF Magazine.

Judged by a national panel of raters, the biennial "Best Courses Near You" by state list appears in the September issue. Twenty of the nearly 1,000 public-access courses in Michigan were chosen, with Sweetgrass (No. 17) joining Greywalls Course at Marquette Golf Club as the only Upper Peninsula courses included.

"We're excited to earn this critical distinction from an esteemed national publication like GOLF Magazine," said Director of Golf Dave Douglas. "Combined with the array of after-golf amenities available at Island Resort & Casino we continue to solidify our place among the country's best golf getaway destinations."

Since opening in 2008, Sweetgrass has collected numerous accolades, including "Best New Course" and "Best Casino Course" honors from Golfweek. Each spring the course plays host to the Island Resort Championship, a Symetra Tour "Road to the LPGA" event, and has drawn high praise from players and media for its beauty and creative layout.

Owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community, Sweetgrass Golf Club was designed by Michigan-native Paul Albanese. The course features unique green complexes and beautifully crafted rockwork while winding through native wetlands and five reclaimed Michigan Department of Transportation bridges.

Along with nearby Greywalls and TimberStone Golf Course, Sweetgrass is part of the popular "Perfect 4-Some" package, which starts at $215 per person (double occupancy) and includes 18 holes and cart at all three courses with two-night's accommodations at Island Resort & Casino.

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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.

Designed by Michigan native Paul Albanese, Sweetgrass Golf Club has been named a "Best Casino Course" and a "Best Course You Can Play" by Golfweek and GOLF Magazine.

The 18-hole championship layout is renowned for its five historic bridges rescued from around the region that lend the course a unique feel. Golf groups benefit from a dedicated on-site golf concierge and VIP room, and can use Five Bridges Pub as their own personal 19th hole.

Since 2011, Sweetgrass Golf Club has hosted the Island Resort Championship, an LPGA Symetra Tour stop.

Boasting more than 1,200 slot machines and 24/7 Vegas-style gaming, the Island Resort & Casino ( offers slot machines, craps, Blackjack, Spanish 21, Three-Card Poker, Let It Ride, Roulette, Bingo and more. The resort's award-winning poker room features live action as well as a full tournament schedule.

The Island hosts top musical headliners from a variety of genres in the intimate, 1,327-seat, theater-style Island Showroom. Lodging options at the resort include finely appointed guest rooms, 14 elegant suites and a 53-site RV Park, open May 1 to Nov. 30.

In addition to Five Bridges Pub and Five Bridges Steak and Seafood House, other on-site resort dining options are Firekeeper's Restaurant, which specializes in casual dining, Coral Reef Grille and the popular Island Sports Bar, with a menu that ranges from classic appetizers to burgers and specialty wraps.

The property is easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette and is also an easy and scenic four-hour drive from Milwaukee and two hours north of Green Bay.

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Media Contact:
Gary Trask, 978.228.0314
Buffalo Communications

Dan Shepherd, 703.403.5317
Buffalo Communications