Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sweetgrass Golf Club (Upper Peninsula) Shines in Golfweek’s Coveted ‘Best in State’ Rankings

Amenity of the Island Resort & Casino Up Six Spots, Improves on Debut Last Season
(HARRIS, MI) – Sweetgrass Golf Club – the Island Resort & Casino’s award-winning, Paul Albanese design – climbed six spots to No. 14 in Golfweek’s annual “America’s Best Courses You Can Play” 2010 rankings. The course debuted on the national publication’s elite list last year, its first full season.

More than 500 Golfweek raters play and rank thousands of courses nationwide on criteria which include feature shaping, natural setting, greens, variety, conditioning and maintenance, landscape management, and overall impressionability.

Owned and operated by the Hannahville Band of the Potawatomi Nation, the 18-hole, par 72 layout stretches nearly 7,300 yards from the tips and has been touted as one of Michigan’s premier facilities, out of approximately 700 courses. Sweetgrass unfolds over rolling terrain and subtly pays homage to Native American lore. Historic bridges rescued from the region, intricate rockwork and a liberal sprinkling of its namesake sweetgrass add to the course’s distinct look and feel.

“Earning a place on this prestigious list lets us know that Sweetgrass Golf Club is trending in the right direction,” said Sweetgrass Director of Golf Dave Douglas. “Our mandate is to provide an experience which golfers savor and value, and we hope this award will entice them to visit us and judge for themselves.”

Sweetgrass and Island Resort & Casino are the hub of a rising-star golf destination in Michigan’s pristine Upper Peninsula, where summer temps are refreshing compared to most of the mainland United States. They will again offer the popular 3-day, 2-night “Perfect 4-Some” stay-and-play package. Starting at $249, based on double occupancy, golfers enjoy luxurious accommodations at the resort and one round each at Sweetgrass, TimberStone and Marquette Greywalls – three of the Upper Peninsula’s finest. TimberStone is a rare Golf Digest 5-star facility, while Marquette Greywalls frequently finds itself near the top of the Golfweek “Best in State” list.

Sweetgrass and the resort casino are easily accessible via airports in Escanaba and Marquette, as well as Green Bay’s Austin Straubel International Airport.

For more information on Sweetgrass Golf Club or the Island Resort & Casino, please visit, or call 800-682-6040, ext. 2252. To learn more about the Perfect 4-Some, visit


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