U.P. Golf Club named top public course

(HARRIS, MICHIGAN) – Sweetgrass Golf Club, situated in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, recently ranked among the top courses in Michigan on GOLF Magazine’s biennial “Best Public Courses State-by-State” list.

Sweetgrass, located at the Island Resort & Casino, ranked in the top 20 among over 1,000 courses in Michigan.  The complete listing is now available in the September issue of GOLF Magazine.

“We are honored to once again be named to this prestigious list which showcases Sweetgrass as a top destination for golf in the state,” says Tom McChesney, CEO of Island Resort & Casino, which operates the course.  “We are constantly working to improve the guest experience both on the course and at the resort.”

As golfers look for fall golf deals in the Midwest, they can play Sweetgrass and stay the Island Resort & Casino starting at $95.  The Perfect 4-Some package allows golfers to enjoy award-winning golf at Sweetgrass along with TimberStone and Greywalls courses, which were also named to the “Best in Michigan” list.  Prices start at $265 and include 18 holes at each of the three courses with cart, as well as two-night’s accommodations.  Discounts for local golfers are also available.

New 19th Hole Added to Island Resort & Casino.

The new 5 Bridges Pub & Restaurant has opened at Sweetgrass Golf Club’s home property at the Island Resort & Casino, giving golfers a new casual outlet to share Michigan craft beers and other beverages, as well as hearty fare.

Named for the five historic bridges located throughout Sweetgrass Golf Club, 5 Bridges offers a pub-like atmosphere with a menu highlighted by premium burgers, fresh cut steaks and seafood.  Nightly features include Island Ale-battered local Walleye and Perch.

The restaurant is located directly off of the 24/7 gaming floor and is within close proximity of the resort’s live music venues. Recently renovated guest rooms at the Palm Tower and the Sweetgrass Golf Shop are also only steps away.  It is one of four dining and beverage outlets at the Island Resort & Casino.

The restaurant is the newest addition to the resort, which added a new conference center, VIP room and outdoor patio last year, and added more guest rooms during the summer months.

Resort Releases New Website

The Island Resort & Casino also recently launched a new website at http://billycaspergolf.wc08.net/t?ctl=D3D165:1A49D37E1C5DE5E67FDDE5C06031F276EC9A5DC6C7D58FAE& making it easier for golfers to see its live entertainment lineup, receive information on the casino, view guest rooms and book online. The site features new photography and expanded descriptions of resort features.

It also includes direct links to golf course information, golf packages, scorecards and yardage guides found at the complementary www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com.

For more information, 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.

The Sweetgrass Golf Club, site of the 2011-13 Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass (a Symetra Tour stop), was designed by Michigan-native Paul Albanese. It was named a Top 20 Courses You Can Play in Michigan by GOLF Magazine in 2010, and Best New Course by Golfweek magazine in 2009.  For more information, see http://billycaspergolf.wc08.net/t?ctl=D3D166:1A49D37E1C5DE5E67FDDE5C06031F276EC9A5DC6C7D58FAE& or via Facebook.

Boasting more than 1,300 slot machines and 24/7 Vegas-style gaming, the Island Resort & Casino (www.islandresortandcasino.com) offers Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, Poker and more. The Island hosts top musical acts from a variety of musical genres. Dining options include the Firekeeper’s Restaurant, 5 Bridges Pub & Restaurant, and Coral Reef Grille. Live music in the Club Four One nightclub, an indoor swimming pool and conference center are other popular resort offerings.  The property is easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette.