BOYNE Golf Receives ‘Premier Resorts’ Recognition from GOLF Magazine

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Midwest’s Largest Collection of Courses Elevated to ‘Gold’ Status in 2016-17 Rankings

(PETOSKEY, Mich.) – BOYNE Golf – home to 10 premier courses spanning three resorts in the heart of “America’s Summer Golf Capital” – has been named one of North America’s “Premier Resorts” by GOLF Magazine.

BOYNE Golf was elevated from “Silver” to “Gold” status in the 2016-17 rankings announced in June’s issue. It also received Honorable Mention recognition for “Value,” one of five key categories highlighted by editors.

“This acknowledgment is a testament to the golf experience we offer,” says Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resorts’ senior vice president of golf and resort sales. “We’re extremely proud of BOYNE Golf’s standing as one of only two resorts in the Great Lakes region to achieve at least a Gold rating.”

The Premier Resorts rankings have been traditionally based on four criteria: golf, lodging, food and drink, and service. For the first time, this year’s list incorporated votes from Golf.com’s “Golfer’s Choice Awards,” which tabbed Boyne Highlands the U.S.’s “Best Resort for Value” in 2015.

With courses designed and inspired by renowned architects like Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Arthur Hills, and Donald Ross, BOYNE Golf’s three flagship resorts offer experiences to suit players of all ages and abilities.

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

The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort

  • 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

  • The Alpine (18) – Fun and fair; annual host of Michigan PGA Tournament of Champion
  • The Monument (18) – Panoramic vistas combine with hole-by-hole tribute to golf history

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.

Tickets Available for Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass, ‘Road to LPGA’ Event

IRCTickets Available for Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass, ‘Road to LPGA’ Event
(HARRIS, Michigan) – Tickets are available for the annual Island Resort Championship, a Symetra Tour “Road to the LPGA” tournament played at award-winning Sweetgrass Golf Club.Top players on the Symetra Tour official season money list each year advance to the LPGA.  Dani Holmqvist, winner of the 2015 Island Resort Championship, finished 5th overall last season and earned her 2016 LPGA Tour Card.

Tickets cost $10 and bring admission to all three tournament rounds (June 24-26).  Ticket holders are eligible for daily prize drawings.

Purchase tickets at the Island Resort and Casino ticket office and from these non-profit organizations:
Bark River Harris School – Costa Rica Trip
Escanaba High School Athletics
Crystal Falls Girls Volleyball
Gladstone Boys Basketball
Ishpeming High School Girls Basketball
Kingsford High School Golf
Marquette High School Boys Basketball
Mid-Pen Girls Basketball
North Central High School Athletics
North Dickinson High School Athletics
Northern Michigan Drive AAU Basketball
Northern Michigan University Golf Team
Norway High School Athletics
Westwood Girls Basketball
The tournament schedule includes round one on Friday, June 24, 7:30 am-7 pm; round two on Saturday, June 25, 7:30 am-7 pm; and final round play on Sunday, June 26, 7 am-5:30 pm.In addition to seeing rising-star women golfers play, Sweetgrass is a beautiful setting with no surrounding development, featuring historic rescued bridges from the state and a unique collection of greens (Redan, Biarritz, Island and shared).

For more information about the course, tournament or casino call 906-723-2252 or 877-ISL-GREEN.

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, as yet unnamed, which is planned for a 2017 debut. For information, see

www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com or call 906.723.2251.About Island Resort & 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 entertainment destination 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 42-site RV Park, opening the 2016 season on May 1. The property is easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette.  It is an easy, scenic 4-hour drive from Milwaukee and two hours north of Green Bay.

For more information, see

http://www.islandresortandcasino.com/.

Award-Winning Sweetgrass Golf Club Set to Open 2016 Season on Friday, April 29

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Award-Winning Sweetgrass Golf Club Set to Open 2016 Season on Friday, April 29

(HARRIS, Michigan) – Thanks to the relatively mild winter, Sweetgrass Golf Club is set to welcome 2016 season players on Friday, April 29.

Designed by Paul Albanese, Sweetgrass is an award-winning amenity of Island Resort and Casino.  The 18-hole championship course hosts an annual Symetra Tour “Road to the LPGA” event, in which the rising stars of women’s golf compete.  The Sweetgrass layout features historic rescued bridges and a unique collection of greens (Redan, Biarritz, Island and Shared greens).

For players who enjoy organized golf events, Sweetgrass has the following two primed for May:

  • May 9: 3-Man Men’s Senior Scramble, including prizes, age divisions and Mexican Buffet
  • May 16: 2-Woman Scramble, including prizes, Italian Buffet and more

The resort’s popular golf package, the Perfect Foursome, starts at $230 per person in spring 2016 and includes a 2-night stay and three rounds of golf at Sweetgrass, TimberStone and Greywalls.  All three are ranked among Golfweek’s “America’s Best Courses You Can Play By 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.

Sweetgrass will have a companion course that’s of a completely different design and feel. As yet unnamed, it is undergoing construction with a planned 2017 debut.

For more information, see http://www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com or call 906.723.2251.

About Island Resort & 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 entertainment destination 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 42-site RV Park, opening the 2016 season on May 1. The property is easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette.  It is an easy, scenic 4-hour drive from Milwaukee and two hours north of Green Bay.

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

Midwest’s Largest Golf Collection, BOYNE Golf, to Begin Season April 29

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Midwest’s Largest Golf Collection, BOYNE Golf, to Begin Season April 29

(PETOSKEY, Mich.) BOYNE Golf – home to 10 premier courses spanning three resorts in the heart of “America’s Summer Golf Capital” – is opening its first four courses for the 2016 season on Friday, April 29.Arthur Hills at Boyne Highlands Resort, The Alpine at Boyne Mountain Resort, Crooked Tree Golf Club and The Links / The Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club lead the way.

BOYNE Golf’s other layouts – all within a short distance of each other and in close proximity to Lake Michigan – are opening on a rolling basis over the coming weeks.

Friday, May 6

  • Donald Ross Memorial at Boyne Highlands
  • The Moor at Boyne Highlands
  • The Monument at Boyne Mountain
Friday, May 13
  • The Heather at Boyne Highlands
  • The Preserve / The Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club
  • The Quarry / The Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club

“Our courses are in fantastic early-season shape and came through winter very well,” Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resorts’ senior vice president of golf and resort sales. “It’s a special year for BOYNE Golf, with two milestones as The Heather celebrates its 50th anniversary and Bay Harbor Golf Club its 20th year. We’re looking forward to a great season.”

Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., The Heather’s debut is widely credited as the spark that started the northern Michigan golf boom. Consistently ranked among the state’s Top 20 layouts, The Heather is one of four courses that helped Boyne Highlands rank as the U.S.’s favorite “Golf Resort for Value” in Golf.com’s inaugural “Golfers’ Choice Awards.”

A variety of anniversary-themed promotions are planned, the first of which is $50 rounds on The Heather on June Thursdays after 1 p.m. Visit this link to book: www.boyne.com/golf/Heather50 (Promo Code: Heather50th).

The specials are being complemented by the return of popular stay-and-play packages at all three properties like “Play the Bay” and the “Great Escape Golf Vacation.”

BOYNE Golf’s academy is once again offer a full menu of instruction programming, including its new Power Clinic, which focuses on techniques to hit the ball further off the tee. Other innovative highlights for 2016 include the return of GolfBoards to Boyne Highlands and 140 new state-of-the-art EZ-GO carts at Boyne Highlands (80) and Boyne Mountain (60).

With courses designed and inspired by renowned architects like Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Arthur Hills and Donald Ross, BOYNE Golf’s three flagship resorts offer experiences to suit players of all ages and abilities.

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
The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort
  • 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
  • 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

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 Charlevoix, 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 like Petoskey Brewing 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 – A Renaissance Golf Resort 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.

Sweetgrass Unveils 2016 Island Resort Championship Details

Sweetgrass Unveils 2016 Island Resort Championship Details

(HARRIS, Mich.) – The 2016 LPGA Symetra Tour Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass Golf Club will be held June 24-26, with all proceeds going to local non-profit organizations.

This is the sixth consecutive year the professional golf tournament will be held at Island Resort and Casino’s award-winning Sweetgrass. The Symetra Tour “Road to the LPGA” is the world’s largest international women’s development tour and provides fans a front-row seat to watch rising stars of the game. Former Symetra Tour players have won hundreds of LPGA titles, including dozens of major championships.

Dani Holmqvist won the 2015 IRC Championship with a 10-under-par total of 206 (rounds of 67-69-70), and she earned full LPGA Tour playing privileges with her season-long performance. Holmqvist had to sink a tough, 6-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to capture the IRC title.

Three-day grounds passes to the 54-hole event are $10 and include entry into daily prize drawings. Children 17 years old and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Tickets are available at Island Resort & Casino and at local organizations such as the Delta County Junior Golf Association and the NCA Guarantee Scholarship Fund. For a complete list of outlets visit http://www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com/symetra-tour-2016.

“One of the great benefits of the tournament’s success is the ticket-donation program,” said Tony Mancilla, Island Resort & Casino general manager and event co-chair. “The area’s support and tournament attendance has been outstanding year after year, and we expect the same this summer.”

Consistently rated one of Michigan’s top layouts by Golfweek “America’s Best Courses You Can Play” by state – Sweetgrass will host a field of 144 players competing for a $125,000 purse. The Island Resort Championship is also part of the Potawatomi Cup, a series of tournaments involving courses with Native American Indian or Potawatomi tribal ties.

For more information visit: www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com, or call 877-ISL-GREEN.

About the Championship

Welcoming the world’s brightest new talent in women’s professional golf, the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass is a Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA event held at Sweetgrass Golf Club in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The 54-hole stroke-play event will be held June 24-26, 2016. Located in Harris, Michigan, Sweetgrass Golf Club was designed by Michigander Paul Albanese and is situated at the Island Resort & Casino. Both course and resort are owned/operated by the Hannahville Indian Community of the Potawatomi Nation.

About the Symetra Tour

The Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA, is the official Qualifying Tour for the LPGA and enters its 36th competitive season in 2016. With the continued support of its umbrella sponsor, Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Top-10 money winners receive full, equal status for the following season on the LPGA Tour.

The 2016 schedule includes two dozen tournaments throughout the U.S. states and a total purse approaching $3 million. Symetra Tour events have contributed more than $5 million to charitable organizations throughout the nation since 1989.

For more information: www.SymetraTour.com

2015 Island Resort Championship Winner at Sweetgrass Golf Club Earns LPGA TOUR Card

(HARRIS, Mich.) – Sweden’s Dani Holmqvist – winner of the Island Resort Championship in June – was one of the top 10 finishers on the Symetra Tour’s “Volvik Race for the Card” money list this season and will play full-time on the LPGA Tour in 2016.

The 2015 Symetra Tour schedule included 23 tournaments with stops in 12 U.S. states and a total purse of $2.73 million.

“It means a lot,” Holmqvist said after the Symetra Tour Championship at LPGA International on Sunday, Oct. 18, upon securing her LPGA card for 2016. “I played some [LPGA Tour] events last year on conditional status but it felt like it wasn’t for real.  This time I’m really excited.”

She’s not the only one.

“Everyone at Island Resort and Casino, Sweetgrass Golf Club and the many volunteers and fans who support the Symetra Tour annually here are ecstatic for Dani Holmqvist,” said Tony Mancilla, Island Resort & Casino general manager and event co-chair. “We’ve come to know and appreciate what fine people and golfers these young women are, and we look forward to watching Dani flourish at the next level. We can’t wait for the 2016 Island Resort Championship – our sixth consecutive year hosting the event – to see if our next winner also advances to the LPGA Tour full-time.”

“The Island Resort Championship is one of the most anticipated events on tour each year and once again it was superb,” said Symetra Tour Senior Director of Operations Kathy Lawrence. “The players always feel at home here because there is a level of excellence at every turn, whether it’s the quality of the golf course, the food, the resort accommodations or the welcoming service they receive from the staff and volunteers”

Area non-profits that sold tickets to the tournament kept 100 percent of profits. In addition, Eagles for Charity, an extra donation program based on the number of eagles made throughout the tournament, raised $1,400 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Island Resort Championship is also part of the Potawatomi Cup, which awards cash bonuses to players finishing in the top six of five Potawatomi Native American Indian-owned casino-resort tournaments.

For more information visit www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com, or call 877-ISL-GREEN.

About the Championship

Welcoming the world’s brightest new talent in women’s professional golf, the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass is a Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA event held at Sweetgrass Golf Club in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  The 54-hole stroke-play event was last held June 26-28, 2015. Located in Harris, Michigan, Sweetgrass Golf Club was designed by Michigander Paul Albanese and is situated at the Island Resort and Casino.  Both course and resort are owned/operated by the Hannahville Indian Community of the Potawatomi Nation.

About the Symetra Tour

The Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA, is the official Qualifying Tour for the LPGA and just completed its 35th competitive season in 2015. With the continued support of its umbrella sponsor, Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Top-10 money winners receive full, equal status for the following season on the LPGA Tour.

Symetra Tour events have contributed more than $5 million to charitable organizations throughout the nation since 1989.

For more information:  www.SymetraTour.com

Sweetgrass Golf Club (Upper Peninsula) Perfect Foursome Package Increases Sales

Island Resort and Casino Golf Stay-and-Play Resonates with Discerning Players
(HARRIS, Michigan) – Sweetgrass Golf Club – the award-winning golf amenity of Island Resort and Casino in the scenic Upper Peninsula 75 minutes from Green Bay – continues is rising-star trajectory with another successful season coming to fruition.Its “Perfect Foursome” stay-and-play package increased sales again – this season by more than 5%

– which sustains an unbroken run of rising sales for the popular, golfer-friendly offering since it debuted in 2008.The resort’s most popular golf package, Perfect Foursome starts at $230 per person after Sept. 21 and includes a two-night stay and rounds of golf at Sweetgrass and nearby TimberStone and Greywalls, all three courses ranked by Golfweek as top-15 courses in golf-rich Michigan.

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.

“Guests and golfers tell us they choose Perfect Foursome because it affords them value and options,” said Island Resort and Casino General Manager Tony Mancilla. “They also appreciate our dedicated on-site golf concierge and VIP Room. This is a place where groups can 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.”

Sweetgrass has also been named a top course in the state by GOLF Magazine and annually hosts an annual Symetra Tour “Road to the LPGA” event – the Island Resort Championship.

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 Michigan native Paul Albanese, Sweetgrass Golf Club has been named a “Best Casino Course” and a “Best Course You Can Play” by Golfweek and GOLF Magazine.

The 18-hole championship layout is renowned for its five historic bridges rescued from around the region. Golf groups benefit from a dedicated on-site golf concierge and VIP room, and can use Five Bridges Pub as their own personal 19th hole.

Since 2011, Sweetgrass Golf Club has hosted the Island Resort Championship, an LPGA Symetra Tour stop.

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, theater-style 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/.

Sweetgrass Golf Club at Island Resort & Casino Unveils New Sports Bar, Special Fall Rates

Sweetgrass Golf Club at Island Resort & Casino Unveils New Sports Bar, Special Fall Rates
(HARRIS, Mich.) – Sweetgrass Golf Club adds to its wide array of after-golf offerings with the opening of T. McC’s Sports Bar at Island Resort & Casino.

Named in honor of the late Tom McChesney – former long-time general manager of the resort and a distinguished military veteran – T. McC’s is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. and ideal for watching sporting events with 31 television screens and 20 beers on tap.

With an assortment of local sports teams’ memorabilia adorning the walls, the new venue features full-service electronic gaming and an eclectic menu, including traditional and boneless chicken wings with a choice of 14 sauces and other favorites like jalapeno poppers, chicken quesadillas, burgers and more.

“T. McC’s is a wonderful tribute to Tom and gives our golfers, casino guests and locals another superb dining option,” says Tony Mancilla, General Manager of Island Resort & Casino. “It brings a unique look and feel with beautiful hardwood flooring in both dark and light shades and the atmosphere is fun and relaxing.”

Award-Winning Golf at a ‘Winning’ Fall Price

Located in the scenic Upper Peninsula, Sweetgrass Golf Club has been named a top course in the state by bothGolfweek and GOLF Magazine and annually hosts an annual LPGA Symetra Tour event – the Island Resort Championship.

Beginning Sept. 21, 18-hole green fees are $45 – a near 50 percent savings off the regular rate – and include cart, GPS, yardage book and range balls.

The resort’s most 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.

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 Michigan native Paul Albanese, Sweetgrass Golf Club has been named a “Best Casino Course” and a “Best Course You Can Play” by Golfweek and GOLF Magazine.

The 18-hole championship layout is renowned for its five historic bridges rescued from around the region. Golf groups benefit from a dedicated on-site golf concierge and VIP room, and can use Five Bridges Pub as their own personal 19th hole.

Since 2011, Sweetgrass Golf Club has hosted the Island Resort Championship, an LPGA Symetra Tour stop.

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, theater-style 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.

Architect James Engh Wants Fans to Enjoy Course during Symetra Tour’s Tullymore Classic

STANWOOD – Golf course architect James Engh is elated the LPGA’s Symetra Tour is stopping in to play the Tullymore Classic at Tullymore Golf Resort on the Fourth of July weekend, but not because he wants to see professionals take on the classic golf course he designed.

“I’m thinking about the people outside the ropes, visiting the resort, walking around, watching and having a good time,” said the award-winning Colorado-based architect who designed Tullymore for its 2002 opening. “I want them to see all the things that go with great golf – challenge, skill and the beauty of the course.”

The Tour staff will do the course set-up and Engh said tournament experts can make almost any golf course as easy or as hard as they choose. He just hopes they take advantage of the flexibility, versatility and variety of the course design.

“The thing I would recommend is that they change it daily because you have the ability to do that with the many distances and angles that can be played,” he said. “Tour golfers usually don’t like changes all that much. They get in this cocoon of concentration, and change messes with that. I think changing the distances and angles would make it more interesting to watch.”

The 54-hole stroke play championship will tee off on Friday, July 3, and conclude on Sunday, July 5. The top 144 up-and-coming professionals in women’s golf will compete for a purse of $100,000. The winner will earn $15,000 and have an opportunity to move into the top-10 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list. The top-10 on the year-end Symetra Tour money list earns LPGA Tour membership for the 2016 season.

Tullymore can play well over 7,000 yards from the back tee positions with as many as six possible tee positions on each hole. The Symetra Tour works on courses around the country and will find the comfort zone for its players. Engh said he designed the course so that a comfort zone could be found for all golfers regardless of ability.

“There are a lot of interesting features on the course, like the quasi blind shot on No. 3, the risk-reward factors on the five par 5s, negotiating the wetlands and I hope these girls go out and appreciate the quality and the value of the setting and the uniqueness of the holes,” he said. “Of course, when you play at the level the pros play, they lock in and I think it’s very rare that they appreciate the aesthetics of a golf course. Still, Tullymore can be made difficult without having to trick it up. You just adjust the tees and pins and change the angles.”

Tullymore can challenge the pros Engh feels, but he doubts they will find it too difficult. He said designing a course today that would function only as a dramatic challenge to touring professionals without having to be tricked up would not make sense.

“It would be almost impossible for others golfers to play,” he said. “The gap between even an amateur scratch player and a touring pro is wider than ever. In the 60s they were in the same area code. Today a legit scratch player is probably closer to a 10-handicap player than to a touring pro. The professionals are that good and they hit it that far.”

Fans who attend the Tullymore Classic should enjoy the course as much as watching the players. When Engh first came to the property he was captivated.

“It had a lot going for it – great vegetation, mature trees and a wonderful sand base to work from,” he said. “Mix those things with existing wetlands and we came up with beauty and variety. The goal was to preserve what we found along the boundary of the wetlands and we did that creatively.”

Awards came quickly, too. Tullymore was named the Best New Public Upscale Course in 2002 by Golfweek, and it has been a regular among the Greatest Public & Resort Courses in America by Golf Digest in the last 13 years. Engh finished Tullymore while on a hot streak with awards. In 2003 he was Golf Digest’s Architect of the Year. Visit www.enghgolf.com for more about Tullymore’s designer.

ABOUT TULLYMORE: Two distinct world-class golf courses welcome golfers to Tullymore, including the award-winning Tullymore course. In addition, St. Ives Golf Club is a prime example of the best design work by Michigan’s own Jerry Matthews. The 36 holes of great golf wind amid 800 acres of glacier-carved rolling Michigan woodlands and wetlands in the captivating Canadian Lakes area.

The luxuriously appointed accommodations and premium amenities like the fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, and two comfortable clubhouses with great dining service options make for more reasons to visit and stay for a while. Choose from a getaway for two in the cozy inns, or a cottage, condominium or rental home for an unforgettable few days away or even a home away from home.

Tullymore was named Michigan’s No. 1 Golf Resort and one of the Top 50 Golf Resorts in the U.S. in the 2010 Golf World Readers Choice Awards. It has also been selected as a Silver Medal Winner – Premier Resorts 2010 – The Best Destinations in Golf by Golf Magazine.

Sponsorship opportunities, playing spots in the Tullymore Classic pro-am and some volunteer slots remain available. Visit www.tullymoreclassic.com for more tournament information and to be a part of the Tullymore Classic.

Visit www.tullymoregolf.com for resort information, and for reservations, call 1 (800) 972-3837 ext. 239.

Successful 2015 Firekeepers Casino Hotel Golf Championship At Battle Creek Country Club

INCREASES IN ATTENDANCE, SPONSORS AND CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS PROUDLY MARK A SUCCESSFUL 2015 FIREKEEPERS CASINO HOTEL GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP AT BATTLE CREEK COUNTRY CLUB

(Battle Creek, MI.) June 10 2015- FireKeepers Casino Hotel hosted the second annual FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship, June 2-7. FireKeepers partnered with the Battle Creek Country Club to bring the Symetra Tour-Road to the LPGA back to Battle Creek for the second year in a row.

“The tournament events, which spread out over a seven day period, were clearly a success on a variety of key levels. Through the hard work of the volunteer committee chair staff, FireKeepers Casino Hotel team members, the Battle Creek Country Club staff and their membership and the team of volunteers, the event was a great success,” says Vice President of Hotel Operations and Tournament Director, Kathy George. “The support of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, our 46 plus corporate and individual sponsors and the community helped us showcase Battle Creek very well to the players, the LPGA and the visitors from all over who came into town. In our inaugural year we were rated as one of the best stops on the Symetra tour and feel certain we will recapture this again for 2015.”

The second year of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship saw vast improvements in the amount of community involvement. Volunteerism grew by 40 percent, with community members throughout Battle Creek volunteering in various capacities during the tournament week.  This year 48 golfer’s enjoyed housing through the generosity and kindness of Calhoun County residents and many golfers returned to the families that housed them in 2014. The biggest single sign that the regional community was excited about this year’s event was attendance, which doubled in 2015 compared to prior year.

The FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship benefactor was S.A.F.E Place women’s shelter, which aids women and children affected by domestic violence in Calhoun, Eaton and Barry counties. Thanks to the many attendees and sponsors, the amount of money the tournament generated for S.A.F.E Place increased 20 percent from last year.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104 in Battle Creek, Mich. The property features a 111,700-square foot gaming floor with 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a live poker room and bingo room. FireKeepers also offers a AAA-rated Four Diamond resort-style hotel with 243 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center capable of seating up to 2,000 guests, six distinctive dining destinations and multiple lounges and entertainment venues. For more information visit www.FireKeepersCasinoHotel.com.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.

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