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Sweetgrass Golf Club earns magazine recognition

(HARRIS, Mich.) – Sweetgrass Golf Club – an amenity of the acclaimed Island Resort and Casino located in the scenic Upper Peninsula – has been rated one of the “Best Courses You Can Play” in Michigan by Golfweek. 

“We aim to provide our guests with a first-class golf experience,” says Tony Mancilla, Island Resort and Casino General Manager. “We’re thrilled Golfweek recognizes our commitment to this goal.” 

Golfweek deploys more than 700 experienced raters each year to survey thousands of courses based on a variety of categories: holes, strength of conditioning, natural setting, routing, shaping and management. 

Named for one of the Potawatomi tribe’s traditional tribal medicines, Sweetgrass earned the No. 13 position out of over 850 courses in golf-rich Michigan. The layout is known for its unique collection of greens (Redan, Biarritz, Island and shared), highlighted by a signature island green on its 15th hole. Its sister course, Sage Run, is scheduled to open in late summer 2017. Both courses were designed by Paul Albanese of the golf course architecture firm Albanese & Lutzke.  

Sweetgrass has previously earned best-of honors from GOLF and Golf Digest magazines. The championship course annually hosts a Symetra Tour “Road to the LPGA” event – the Island Resort Championship – welcoming the world’s finest rising-star women players each year since 2011. 

To complement its world-class golf, gaming and entertainment, Island Resort & Casino recently opened the luxurious Drift Spa, one of the resort’s many amenities.

About Island Resort & Casino (

Owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community, Island Resort and Casino is located in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula. Boasting more than 1,200 slot machines and 24/7 Vegas-style gaming, the Island Resort & Casino offers 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 entertainment 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 42-site RV Park. Brand-new Drift Spa, Sweetgrass Golf Club, a sports bar and multiple restaurants offer other appealing options. The property is easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette and is also an easy, scenic 2-hour drive from Green Bay (four hours from Milwaukee).

About Sweetgrass Golf Club   

Sweetgrass is ranked among Golfweek’s “America’s Best Courses You Can Play” by state.  It 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. Island Resort and Casino is building a companion course, Sage Run, which is planned for a 2017 debut. For information, see or call 906.723.2251.



Kira Jones, Buffalo.Agency

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