Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sweetgrass Golf Club Honored in Golfweek’s “Best-New” Issue

Heralded Amenity of the Island Resort & Casino Recognized for Strength of Routing, Memorability of Holes, Overall High Quality

(HARRIS, MI) – Sweetgrass Golf Club – one of many sparkling amenities of the Island Resort & Casino – today announces the course earned Golfweek’s prestigious “America’s Best New Courses” honor.

Sweetgrass – which enjoyed its first full season this year – was designed by Paul Albanese. The course is an 18-hole, par-72 masterpiece which stretches 7,300 yards from the tips. Owned and operated by the Hannahville Band of the Potawatomi Nation, it offers five sets of tees and the layout subtly pays homage to tribal and Native American lore. Historic bridges rescued from the region, intricate rockwork and a liberal sprinkling of the namesake Sweetgrass add to the course’s unique look and feel.

Golfweek’s rankings take into account overall strength of routing, feature shaping, natural setting, greens, variety and memorability of holes, conditioning, maintenance, landscape management and other criteria. Golfweek sends approximately 400 "America's Best" raters in search of the country's finest golf courses. Those raters submit ballots grading on a 10-point scale and the scores for each course are averaged to get the overall rating.

“Sweetgrass has been recognized with several major awards from influential publications lauding our design, creativity and landscape,” says Island Resort & Casino General Manager Tom McChesney. “We greatly value these honors as we’re committed to providing our guests with top-notch experiences.”

Sweetgrass was previously named an ”America’s Best Courses You Can Play” by Golfweek in its state-by-state rankings. Michigan boasts more than 800 courses and Sweetgrass debuted in the Top 20.

Boasting more than 1,400 slot machines and 24/7 Vegas-style gaming, the Island Resort & Casino offers Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, Poker and more. The Island Showroom – another recent addition – hosts top musical acts from a variety of musical genres. Dining options include the Firekeeper’s Restaurant, Beachcomber Restaurant & Bar, Coral Reef Grille and Bingo Snack Bar. Live music in the lounge, the Club Four One nightclub, a swimming pool and conference center are other popular resort offerings.

Located in the unspoiled beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Island Resort & Casino and Sweetgrass Golf Club are easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette.

For more information on the Island Showroom, the casino or Sweetgrass Golf Club, please visit www.islandresortandcasino.com or call 800-682-6040, ext. 2252.

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