(HARRIS, Mich.) –Sweetgrass Golf Club – an amenity of Island Resort & Casino located in the pristine Upper Peninsula – was rated one of the nation’s finest in Golfweek’s “2016 America’s Best Courses You Can Play” by state, an annual compendium recently published and accessible via Golfweek.com.
Sweetgrass and Island Resort & Casino are owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community, a band of the Potawatomi. The course was designed by golf architect Paul Albanese of Albanese & Lutzke.
Hundreds of Golfweek raters examine overall strength of routing, feature shaping, natural setting, greens, variety and memorability of holes, conditioning and maintenance, landscape management and other criteria to determine the nation’s best courses.
“Michigan is home to some of America’s best courses, so it’s gratifying for Sweetgrass to receive this critical distinction from Golfweek raters,” says Island Resort and Casino General Manager Tony Mancilla.
Sweetgrass has previously received best-of honors from GOLF and Golf Digest magazines; this latest superlative follows recent news that the resort and tribe are building a second course, also designed by Albanese, planned to debut in 2017.
Furthermore, Island Resort and Casino is unveiling the new Drift Spa this spring, the latest amenity offered by the award-winning venue.
“Island Resort & Casino will soon be home of two of the finest courses in North America, and with our new spa, casino, restaurants and other amenities, we look forward to welcoming new and repeat guests,” says Mancilla.
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 Paul Albanese, the 18-hole championship course is renowned for its historic, rescued bridges and its greens, including a Redan, a Biarritz, an island and a shared green.
The resort’s highly popular golf package, the Perfect Foursome, starts at just $230 per person after Sept. 21 and includes a two-night stay and rounds of golf at Sweetgrass and nearby TimberStone and Greywalls, also ranked on Golfweek’s top-15 in the state. Various other package combinations – as short as one-night stay/one round of golf and as long as four-night stay/three rounds of golf – are also available. Sweetgrass provides a dedicated on-site golf concierge and VIP Room where groups enjoy comfortable living room-style seating, private dinners, gaming tables, beverage service, televisions and direct access to the golf course, pro shop and open fire pit.
Boasting more than 1,200 slot machines and 24/7 Vegas-style gaming, the Island Resort & Casino (www.islandresortandcasino.com) 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 Island Showroom. Lodging options at the resort include finely appointed guest rooms, 14 elegant suites and a 53-site RV Park, open until Nov. 30.
In addition to Five Bridges Pub and Five Bridges Steak and Seafood House, other on-site resort dining options include Firekeeper’s Restaurant, which specializes in casual dining, Coral Reef Grille and the new T. McC’s 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.