Sweetgrass Golf Club Earns Golfweek ‘Best Casino Courses’ Distinction

Sweetgrass Golf Club Earns Golfweek ‘Best Casino Courses’ Distinction

(HARRIS, Mich.) – Sweetgrass Golf Club – the championship Paul Albanese-designed course at Island Resort and Casino in the Upper Peninsula – has been named to Golfweek’s “Best Casino Courses” list for 2016, an accolade it has enjoyed every year since 2009, the first year it was eligible.

“We’re thrilled to once again be named one of Golfweek’s Best Casino Courses,” said Tony Mancilla, Island Resort and Casino General Manager. “We strive to offer one of the best courses not just in Michigan, but in the country.”

This honor comes on the heels of another distinction for the esteemed vacation destination. Island Resort and Casino was recently named to Golf Vacation Insider’s list of Best Golf & Casino Resorts in the United States and was one of few properties nationwide to earn coveted Platinum status.

Named for one of the Potawatomi tribe’s traditional tribal medicines, Island Resort & Casino’s Sweetgrass Golf Club is ranked one of golf-rich Michigan’s finest via Golfweek’s “America’s Best Courses You Can Play” by state. Its sister course, Sage Run, may open as soon as late summer 2017. Both courses were designed by Albanese of the golf course architecture firm Albanese & Lutzke, which is also constructing Sage Run.

Sweetgrass 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. The course is known for its unique collection of greens (Redan, Biarritz, Island and shared), highlighted by a signature island green on its 15th hole.

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

About Island Resort & Casino (www.islandresortandcasino.com)
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 www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com or call 906.723.2251.

BOYNE Golf’s Bay Harbor Golf Club Ranked Among U.S.’s Top 100 Courses by GOLF Magazine

boyne 823BOYNE Golf’s Bay Harbor Golf Club Ranked Among U.S.’s Top 100 Courses by GOLF Magazine

Play Acclaimed Links / Quarry Course, Experience Reimagined Inn at Bay Harbor with
‘Endless Summer Special’

(PETOSKEY, Mich.) BOYNE Golf – home to 10 premier courses spanning three resorts in the heart of “America’s Summer Golf Capital” – announces its Bay Harbor Golf Club has once again been ranked among America’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” by GOLF Magazine.

Designed by Arthur Hills, the 27-hole club’s Links and Quarry nines have been mainstays in the bi-annual rankings since opening in the mid-1990s. Overlooking Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, The Links is reminiscent of Ireland’s famous seaside courses. Miles of shoreline form a backdrop of incomparable beauty, with undulating fairways and slick putting surfaces framed by scrub-covered dunes.

Widely heralded as one of the world’s most unlikely locations for golf, The Quarry winds its way through an immense, abandoned shale quarry. Impressive gorges surrounded by stone cliffs, natural ponds and a gentle waterfall are hallmarks.

Panelists remarked: “Hills’ 27-hole creation wows with jaw-dropping holes that skirt Lake Michigan and complements the sizzle with a prime collection of strategic holes that zigzag among trees and rock outcroppings. As visually arresting as the Links holes are at water’s edge, the real drama amps up on the Quarry, which must be carried, or considered, on nearly every hole.”

“We’re humbled by Bay Harbor’s long-standing recognition from GOLF Magazine’s course ratings panel,” says Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resorts’ senior vice president of golf and resort sales. “The uniqueness of Bay Harbor Golf Club’s three nines have stood the test of time and provides each golfer who plays with a truly one-of-a-kind experience.”

With the leaves turning and summer crowds beginning to wane, fall is an ideal time to experience Bay Harbor Golf Club and neighboring resort, Inn at Bay Harbor. Available select dates between Sept. 4 and Oct. 5, the “Endless Summer Special” begins at $174 / night and includes overnight accommodations, breakfast for two in The Sagamore Room and access to enjoy resort amenities, including golf.

Named a ‘Top Resort’ and ‘Top Spa’ by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, the Inn at Bay Harbor has been a “must experience” destination since opening in 1998. The next chapter in its history began in June when Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s curated portfolio of properties recognized for celebrating individuality, welcomed it into the collection.

The Inn is one of just 100 Autograph-branded hotels worldwide, each of which has been selected for its memorable guest experience, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details.

To book the Endless Summer Special: http://www.innatbayharbor.com/offers/endless-summer

BOYNE Golf’s three flagship resorts offer experiences to suit players of all ages and abilities.

Inn at Bay Harbor

  • Bay Harbor Golf Club
    • The Links (9) – Setting on windswept cliffs along coastline evokes game’s ancient roots
    • The Preserve (9) – Tree-lined holes dominate before dramatic lakefront finish
    • The Quarry (9) – Distinctively nestled in abandoned shale quarry
  • Crooked Tree Golf Club (18) – Recently redesigned Nos. 16-18 enhance playability and charm
Boyne Mountain Resort
  • The Alpine (18) – Fun and fair; annual host of Michigan PGA Tournament of Champions
  • The Monument (18) – Panoramic vistas combine with hole-by-hole tribute to golf history
Boyne Highlands Resort
  • Arthur Hills (18) – Tumbling terrain and wide fairways deliver enjoyment for all skill levels
  • Donald Ross Memorial (18) – Replicates classic, memorable holes created by namesake
  • The Heather (18) – Flawlessly-conditioned Robert Trent Jones design appeals to purists
  • The Moor (18) – Traditional layout highlighted by a variety of dogleg holes
Beyond golf, BOYNE’s unique on-property amenities include award-winning spas, waterfront dining, sandy beaches, Avalanche Bay – Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, and adventure sport venues. They are supported by historic, lakeside resort towns Boyne City, Harbor Springs and Petoskey all a short drive from Mackinac Island. Following in Hemingway’s footsteps, taking in the famous northern Michigan sunsets, enjoying the casino and exploring acclaimed microbreweries mean golf isn’t the only game in town.

More information: www.BOYNEGolf.com, info@BOYNE.com, 844.634.5315

About BOYNE Golf

BOYNE Golf offers the largest collection of courses (10) in the Midwest shared among three resorts in northwest Michigan’s Petoskey area: Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, and the Inn at Bay Harbor in Bay Harbor. Golfers play up to 72 holes daily thanks to the region’s long daylight hours and ideal temperatures. With courses suited to a wide range of playing abilities, accommodations for every taste and budget, world-class amenities and memorable off-resort attractions, BOYNE is a premier destination for vacationing golfers, families and meeting planners.

Island Resort & Casino’s Sweetgrass Named “Best Course You Can Play” by GOLF Magazine

IRCIsland Resort & Casino’s Sweetgrass Named “Best Course You Can Play” by GOLF Magazine

 
(HARRIS, Mich.)
– Sweetgrass Golf Club is rated one of the nation’s finest in GOLF Magazine’s “2016-17 Best Courses You Can Play” by state, a biennial compilation recognizing America’s best playing venues.

Designed by golf architect Paul Albanese of Albanese & Lutzke, Sweetgrass holds the No. 15 position in golf-rich Michigan.  The course and Island Resort & Casino are owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community, a band of the Potawatomi, and located in the pristine Upper Peninsula.

Immaculate conditions, rescued Michigan Department of Transportation bridges, no surrounding development and a unique collection of green styles are Sweetgrass hallmarks.  The Redan, Biarritz, island and shared greens are popular with all players – from every day golfers to professionals, including the Symetra Tour “Road to the LPGA” members who compete on them each summer.

“We strive to provide our resort guests and daily fee golf visitors with high-quality, memorable experiences,” says Island Resort and Casino General Manager Tony Mancilla.  “Having GOLF Magazine bestow this accolade upon Sweetgrass reinforces that we’re maintaining our commitment to excellence.”

Sweetgrass (www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com) has previously received best-of honors from GOLFWEEK and Golf Digest magazines. This latest superlative follows news that the resort and tribe are building a second course – named Sage Run (also designed by Albanese) – for which a soft opening is planned for next year.

The resort’s highly popular golf package – the “Perfect Foursome” – starts at $260 per person and includes a two-night stay and rounds of golf at Sweetgrass and nearby TimberStone and Greywalls (all three 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 a four-night stay/three rounds of golf – are also available.  Sweetgrass provides a dedicated on-site golf concierge and VIP Room where groups enjoy living room-style seating, private dinners, gaming tables, beverage service, televisions and direct access to the golf course, pro shop and open fire pit.

For the Golf Club & Tee Times: 906-723-2251 or 800-682-6040 ext. 2251

For Stay & Play Packages: 906-723-2252 or 877-ISL-GREEN

About Island Resort and Casino 

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.