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. 

Island Resort and Casino Set to Unveil New ‘Drift Spa’

Island Resort and Casino Set to Unveil New ‘Drift Spa’

(HARRIS, Michigan) – A sister amenity to Sweetgrass Golf Club, a Symetra Tour “Road to the LPGA” host venue, Drift Spa will debut in spring 2016, part of an $8 million Island Resort and Casino expansion project that includes an upgraded indoor pool and fitness center with sauna and steam rooms.

When unveiled – date to be announced soon – guests will experience a refreshing, tranquil oasis where they can soak in the soothing sights and sounds of nature.  Whether for a massage, pedicure or haircut, Drift Spa allows guests to escape and indulge.

Drift Spa offers treatments and special occasion events for everyone – bridal pamper sessions, birthday gifts, post-golf massages for players of the resort’s acclaimed Sweetgrass Golf Club, girls getaways, corporate rewards and more.

“Through the years, the Hannahville Indian Community has undertaken projects to enhance and promote the Island Resort and Casino, making us a leader in the Midwest gaming, resort, spa, golf and entertainment arena, as well as offering employment opportunities to more than 800 people,” says Tribal Chairman Ken Meshigaud. “We remain committed to both as we re-invest in the operation, offering more high-quality options to our guests.”

Drift Spa enables guests to immerse themselves in a “total experience,” says General Manager Tony Mancilla. “We are excited about these new amenities, and we believe our full-service resort destination will appeal to customers near and far.”

Island Resort and Casino is hiring qualified personnel including Spa Director, Lead Spa Coordinator, Spa Coordinators, Spa Attendants, Massage Therapists, Estheticians, Nail Technicians, Hair Stylists and Makeup Artist.

Applications may be downloaded at www.islandresortandcasino.com/employment. Interested applicants may also visit the Human Resources office at the Island Resort and Casino or call 906-466-2941 ext 2042.

About Island Resort and Casino
Owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community, a band of the Potawatomi Nation, Island Resort and Casino is located in the unspoiled beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Boasting more than 1,200 slot machines and 24/7 Vegas-style gaming, the Island Resort and 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  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.

For more information: http://www.islandresortandcasino.com

Island Resort & Casino’s Sweetgrass Golf Club Rated a “Best U.S. Casino Course”

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(HARRIS, Michigan) – Sweetgrass Golf Club – an amenity of Island Resort & Casino here in the bucolic Upper Peninsula – was rated one of the nation’s finest in Golfweek’s “2015 America’s Best Casino Courses,” an annual compendium published last week and accessible via Golfweek.com.

You can read GolfBlogger’s Review of Sweetgrass here.

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.

“We targeted earning these types of accolades when we decided to build Sweetgrass; we knew that many people find them credible, ‘best-in-kind’ judgments and therefore consult them when determining where they want to play,” said Island Resort and Casino General Manager Tony Mancilla. “We’re gratified to be included in this list, and we’re committed to providing our visitors and guests with the best experiences possible.”

Sweetgrass has previously received best-of honors from GOLF and Golf Digest magazines; this latest superlative distinction comes one week after the resort and tribe announced it was building a second course, also designed by Albanese, planned to debut in 2017.

Like with Sweetgrass, the tribe and resort have instructed Albanese to design the as-yet unnamed course with the objective to be instantly considered for critical acclaim.

“I’ve said this before, one course is a course, two is a destination; we want Island Resort & Casino to be known as the home of two of the finest courses in North America,” said Mancilla.

For additional information: http://www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com/ or call 877-ISL-GREEN.

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 are 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.

Island Resort And Casino Unveils New Golf Course Plans

Island Resort and Casino Unveils New Golf Course Plans
(HARRIS, Michigan) – Hannahville Indian Community is building a new golf course here in the Upper Peninsula as an amenity to its Island Resort and Casino, a complementary second course to award-winning Sweetgrass Golf Club.

If Sweetgrass is indicative of what’s to come, the currently unnamed new course will be highly regarded; it is scheduled to debut in 2017. Sweetgrass has been named a top course in the state by both Golfweek and GOLF Magazine since opening in 2008 and annually hosts the LPGA Symetra Tour’s Island Resort Championship.“One golf course is a course, two is a destination,” said Tony Mancilla, Island Resort & Casino general manager. “We believe the new course and new spa we’re building – combined with our existing resort amenities and established golf-visitor appeal – will draw more people who stay longer and spend more.”

Paul Albanese, of the golf course architecture firm Albanese & Lutzke, was chosen to author the new course, which will be dramatically different than Sweetgrass. Ground was recently broken in open spaces but the majority of tree removal for fairways will take place this winter.

“The land is very hilly; a lot of vistas where you can see 20 miles,” said Mancilla. “The land is so good that we’re expecting the new course to be first class.”

Like with Sweetgrass, the Hannahville Indian Community directed Albanese & Lutzke to create a design that respects the land, making it fit the terrain as naturally as possible.

Golf industry veteran Albanese, who designed Sweetgrass, describes the main feature of the property as a “drumlin,” a long, sloping ridge that’s an outcome of past glacier movement in the region. He said it runs through the heart of the property and is prominent.

“The drumlin climbs 100 to 120 feet in some areas,” said Albanese, an East Coast native and Harvard grad. “The goal is to allow golfers to experience the drumlin throughout the entire course. It comes into play several times, in different directions; up, down, over and through. We are very happy with how the routing came out. We are really excited; I can’t see how it won’t be one of the top courses in Michigan.”

The new course, about six miles from the resort on adjacent Hannahville land, will be played roughly two-thirds through trees, with rugged features like non-manicured bunker edging. There will be a sprinkler system installed down the middle of each fairway but the intent is to allow the grass to brown out toward the fescue edges. Mancilla said there will be a drivable par 4 on each nine, and a good mix of long and short par threes and fours.

Regarding the overall look, Albanese said: “Think Royal County Down – lots of earth tones, browns and tans – it’s what the landscape calls for.”

Additional information:  http://www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com/  or call 877-ISL-GREEN.

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 are 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.

For more information, see http://www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com or http://www.islandresortandcasino.com/.