Island Resort & CasinoPrepares for New Sage Run Course this Summer

 

Island Resort & Casino Prepares for New Sage Run Course this Summer

Golf packages are now available at the Upper Peninsula’s premier golf destination

Escanaba, MI – Spring and golf season have finally arrived in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula, and Island Resort & Casino, located just outside of Escanaba, and its award winning Sweetgrass Golf Club have opened for the season. The resort is also preparing to open the third new golf course in Michigan in three years, Sage Run, when it comes online July 10.

Michigan has long been known as one of the top states for golf and the scenic Upper Peninsula region has quickly joined the ranks as a top golf destination thanks in large part to the growth and expansion of golf at the Island Resort & Casino.

Sweetgrass, designed by Paul Albanese, ranks among Golfweek’s Best Courses, as well as recognition by GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest as a Best in State. Sweetgrass features an open layout with some of the game’s most exciting greens to putt (Redan, Biarritz, Island, and Double-green). In addition, the course features some wonderful strategic holes including the famous island green No. 15, and some spectacular finishing par 5 holes on each side.

Sweetgrass is also part of the “Road to the LPGA” with its Symetra Tour Island Resort Championship (June 22-24) featuring the future of women’s professional golf.

Opening July 10, 2018 will be the Sage Run course, also designed by Albanese, which provides a different and fun golf experience. The land at Sage Run is 180 degrees in contrast from its sister course Sweetgrass with its prairie links style. The course meanders through beautiful Upper Peninsula hardwoods and open vistas including up and around a natural drumlin or ridge providing a scenic variety of shots creating a fun thrill ride for golfers.

Golfers seeking to escape the stress of the big city and experience a scenic and peaceful golf vacation among the rugged beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula should plan a trip to the Island Resort.

The Island Resort & Casino golf packages combine the best golf in the region led its Sweetgrass and new Sage Run courses. The fully customizable packages offer 1, 2, 3, and 4-night lodging options with up to four rounds of golf. Package prices range from $95 – $758 depending on the time of year and single/double occupancy. Golfers will also receive $5 promo cash, $5 Bingo coupon, $5 drink coupon, $5 dinner coupon per night, and $5 off spa services at the luxurious Drift Spa.

The destination is easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette connecting through Detroit, Saginaw, Lansing or Grand Rapids.

 

About Island Resort & Casino

Located in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula 13 miles west of Escanaba, Island Resort & Casino is one of the Midwest’s largest golf, casino and entertainment resort destinations spanning over 408,000 square feet. The resort features over 300 guest rooms including elegant suites and a 42 –site RV Park. The casino offers an all new poker room, craps, blackjack, Spanish 21, three card poker, let-it-ride, roulette, and bingo.

The resort amenities also include the luxurious Drift Spa offering a variety of high-end spa services with access to the resort’s salt water pool, steam rooms and sauna.  Multiple dining options include the signature 5 Bridges Steak and Seafood House, 5 Bridges Pub, Firekeepers Restaurant, T. McC’s Sports Bar, Coral Reef Grille, Signature Subs & Pizza and The Coffee & Custard Shop featuring items from The Bakery. The Island regularly hosts headline entertainment in the intimate 1315 seat Showroom as well as weekly bands and comedy entertainers in Club 41.  The Island Convention Center provides the perfect venue for special events, business meetings, and weddings.

Award-winning golf has become the centerpiece of the Island Resort & Casino. Sweetgrass, ranked among Golfweek’s Best Courses, as well as recognition by GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest as a Best in State ranking, features an open layout with some of the game’s most fun greens to putt (Redan, Biarritz, Island, and Double-green). Sweetgrass is also part of the “Road to the LPGA” with its Symetra Tour Island Resort Championship featuring the future of women’s golf. New for 2018 will be the Sage Run course, also designed by Paul Albanese (Sweetgrass) providing a different kind of golf experience where holes flow through the hardwoods and around a drumlin ridge.

For more information, visit www.islandresortandcasino.com.

 

Led by Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club, Architect’s Nine Membership Provides Golfers Special Access To Elite Courses

Caledonia 18th Green

Led by Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club, Architect’s Nine Membership Provides Golfers Special Access To Elite Courses
Nationwide Program Features Six Top 100 Layouts

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club, two of America top 100 public courses, are founding partners of The Architect’s Nine, a membership program that provides golfers special access to a collection of the nation’s best layouts.

The courses joining Caledonia and True Blue as part of The Architect’s Nine are Tobacco Road, Sweetens Cove, Wine Valley, Wild Horse, Rustic Canyon, Southern Pines and Rackham. Six of the nine courses have earned top 100 honors and there are three Mike Strantz designs, two Donald Ross layouts and a Gil Hanse/Geoff Shackelford course participating in the program.

At a rate of $210 per month, paid annually, membership at The Architect’s Nine includes greens fees, a welcome package with tee gifts, 20% discount off rack rate greens fees for guests of members, a nationwide members forum, optional participation in an annual nationwide, season-long competition, and access to members-only merchandise.

For more information, interested members of the public should visit www.TheArchitectsNine.com or send a note to MemberServices@TheArchitectsNine.com.

The golf course lineup is highlighted by Caledonia, a consensus top 100 public course. The layout, which is equal parts art and architecture, plays through a stunning piece of lowcountry land that was once home to a thriving rice plantation. The live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, the marshy waters of the Waccamaw Neck, and Strantz’s architectural brilliance combine to make Caledonia one of America’s premier public golf experiences.

Everything about True Blue is big – the fairways, the greens and most of all, the fun. Strantz used waste bunkers, which frame many of the course’s fairways, to craft a layout that is among the Myrtle Beach area’s most visually stunning.

Golf Magazine’s travel expert, Joe Passov, said of True Blue, “From the late, great Strantz’s sublime design to the helpful staff to the tip-top course conditions, this dramatic, watery layout remains a must play in Myrtle Beach.”

Tobacco Road (Pinehurst, NC) – Designed by Mike Strantz. Golf Course Architecture’s #50 -Top 100 in the world. Golf Digest – #71, Top 100 Public Courses, Golf – #88, Top 100 Public. Golf Magazine – #6, Best in State. Golfweek – #7 Best in State.

Sweetens Cove (Greater Chattanooga, TN) – Designed by the firm of King-Collins, Golfweek listed this course at #59 on its Top 100 Modern Courses and named it the #1 Best Public Course in Tennessee. It also earned the highest average rating of all golf courses in TN, AL, MS, and LA in Tom Doak’s Confidential Guide to Golf Courses.

Wine Valley (Washington State) – Designed by Dan Hixson. Rated #3, Best in State by Golf Magazine and #3, Best Public Course in the State by Golfweek.

Wild Horse (Nebraska) – Designed by Dave Axland and Dan Proctor, Wild Horse was included at #77 on Golf Digest’s Top 100 Public Courses, #89 on Golfweek’s Top 100 Modern Courses and the best public course in the state.

Rustic Canyon (Greater Los Angeles, CA) – Designed by Gil Hanse and Geoff Shackelford, this course made Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Public Courses list, was rated the 5th best public course in California by Golfweek and the #11 Best in State by Golf.

Southern Pines (Pinehurst, NC) – Designed by Donald Ross and ranked #14 Best in State by Golf, this is where the locals tell you to go play when you visit the cradle of American golf.

Rackham (Detroit, MI) – Also designed by Donald Ross.

For more information about joining The Architect’s Nine, visit www.TheArchitectsNine.com.
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BOYNE Golf’s Bay Harbor Golf Club Ranked Among U.S.’s Top 100 Courses by GOLF Magazine

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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.

BOYNE Golf Has Big 2016 Planned

BOYNE Golf Has Big 2016 Planned

Appreciation for Tradition and Innovation Exhibited by Celebration of
Two Major Anniversaries Plus New ‘Power Clinic,’ More Golf Boards, State-of-the-Art Golf Carts

 

(PETOSKEY, Mich.) BOYNE Golf – home to 10 premier courses spanning three resorts in the heart of “America’s Summer Golf Capital” – is planning a season to remember in 2016.

Opened in 1966, The Heather course at Boyne Highlands Resort will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., The Heather’s opening 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 helping Boyne Highlands rank as the U.S.’s favorite “Golf Resort for Value” in Golf.com’s inaugural “Golfers’ Choice Awards.”

BOYNE Golf plans to roll out several anniversary-themed promotions in the coming months. The first is $50 rounds on The Heather on June Thursdays after 1 p.m. The offer must be booked on online:www.boyne.com/golf/Heather50 (Promo Code: Heather50th).

Not to be outdone, Bay Harbor Golf Club – which brought the first lakeside, five-star resort golf experience to the region – will commemorate its 20th year in operation. With three distinct nine-hole courses all designed by Arthur Hills (The Links, The Preserve and The Quarry), Bay Harbor Golf Club is regularly ranked among the country’s Top 100 courses by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine.
“We’re excited to memorialize two of the most important events in the evolution of the BOYNE Golf brand,” says Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resorts’ senior vice president of golf and resort sales. “The Heather put northern Michigan on the map as more than just a winter sports escape, while the opening of Bay Harbor Golf Club elevated the region to a national golf destination.”

BOYNE Golf Academy will once again offer a full menu of instruction programming, including its new Power Clinic, which will focus on techniques to hit the ball further off the tee. Scheduled for June 11, July 9, July 23 and August 6, the one-day sessions are capped at a 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio and priced at $799 per person. They include a comprehensive evaluation using the Academy’s GEARS Golf system, swing analysis on a TrackMan launch monitor, Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) physical assessment, round of golf with on-course instruction, and more.

Further evidencing BOYNE’s reputation for embracing golf innovation are the return of GolfBoards to Boyne Highlands and introduction of 140 new state-of-the-art EZ-GO carts at Boyne Highlands (80) and Boyne Mountain (60).

GolfBoarding is an entirely new way to traverse the golf course. The four-wheel drive board allows users to turn by simply transferring their body weight in a carving motion akin to snowboarding or surfing. GolfBoards will once again be available to golfers playing the Donald Ross Memorial and The Moor courses.

The new EZ-GO RXV golf carts offer the latest advances in cart technology, including a USB port to recharge mobile phones, rangefinders, iPads, and other small electronics.

Adds Friedrich: “We strive to balance a deep appreciation for our heritage and the game’s traditions with the realities of 21st century life. The BOYNE Golf calling card is delivering a golf experience that’s enjoyable for players of all skill levels and sensibilities.”

BOYNE Golf is comprised of three properties:

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.

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/.

Ypsilanti Named One of Livability.com’s Top 10 Best Cities for Singles, 2015 #ypsilanti

Ypsilanti Named One of Livability.com’s Top 10 Best Cities for Singles, 2015
Inaugural list identifies and ranks America’s top cities for singles
Nearly three in 10 U.S. households now have exactly one person in them. But not all cities are created equal for those looking to find someone – whether to marry or just to be single together. With this in mind, Livability.com has named Ypsilanti a Top 10 Best City for Singles, 2015. Ypsilanti offers a high concentration of singles, lots of ways to meet new people, and plenty of options for that first, second or third date.

When choosing the best cities for singles, our editors started by looking at places where there are plenty of singles to choose from, looking at the percentage of unmarried people, the percentage of the population in prime marriageable age (20 to 34), and places where large percentages are living alone – all Census data. Our friends at Esri then helped us find places where people are doing single-ish things. These cities tend to have higher-than-average rates of people who go to art galleries, bars, nightclubs and pool halls. They have more residents who are likely to dance, sing karaoke and go to romance movies. We subtracted points for places where people play a lot of computer games (Get out of the house, people.) and added points for people using dating sites and apps.

Finally, our editors added in a couple of measures to find places that are good for everyone, like demographic diversity and cost of living.

“Some people want to stay single. Some people don’t,” says Livability editor Matt Carmichael. “These cities are great for people who are single, as well as those looking to find someone not to be single with.”

Ypsilanti is experiencing a surge of young, creative types, making it one of the best cities for singles, especially those who dig an artsy, small-town vibe. Singles far outnumber married people in Ypsilanti, and residents tend to use dating apps and online sites at a higher rate than most Americans. Ypsi’s primary entertainment districts – downtown and Depot Town – are filled with shops, restaurants, and bars, which make it easy to find places to meet new people or go on first dates. Newcomers often find it easier to break into the Ypsi dating scene by joining gyms, volunteering or attending club events like bike rides, fun runs and art events.


Top 10 Best Cities for Singles, 2015

  1. Carrboro, NC
  2. Hoboken, NJ
  3. West Hollywood, CA
  4. Oxford, MS
  5. San Marcos, TX
  6. Ypsilanti, MI
  7. Ames, IA
  8. Miami Beach, FL
  9. Athens, GA
  10. Moscow, ID