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 ( 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 ( 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. 

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