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Michigan's Sweetgrass Resort again ranks in Golfweek’s ‘Best Casino Courses'

Sweetgrass golf course and resort
Sweetgrass golf course and resort

The Paul Albanese-designed Sweetgrass Golf Club ( in Northern Michigan (upper peninsula) captured top-50 honors on Golfweek’s “Best Casino Courses” list.

An amenity of the Island Resort & Casino, Sweetgrass climbed two places to claim the 26th spot in the ranking. The course has been included in the Top 50 for the past four years, and is the sole layout in the Great Lakes State on the current list. What has helped the course and casino gain momentum is the annual Symetra Tour event which will be coming back in June of 2014.

“Golfers love Sweetgrass for its challenging, and ultimately playable design,” says Head Golf Professional Dave Douglas. “Championship conditioning and the course’s walking proximity to the casino floor make it an easy choice for many Midwestern golfers.”

Being located in the heart of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and stones throw from the Wisconsin/Michigan border, the facility draws people from all over the Midwest. More recently, Harris, MI and the surrounding area has become golf destination and no longer a hidden gem. Michiganders and Wisconsinites will drive hours for Sweetgrass nearby Greywalls, George Young and Timber Stone.

Golfweek’s elite rater panelists rank courses based on a series of criteria to determine a final score. This latest award is one of several garnered by Sweetgrass since its 2008 opening, including top accolades from GOLF Magazine, Golf Digest and Golfweek as well as several casino publications.

The layout welcomes the return of the LPGA Symetra Tour for its fourth consecutive year in early July for the Island Resort Championship.

Beyond its Tour-quality care, Sweetgrass boasts one of the best golf values on the list, with green fees starting at $80 and discounts offered for the casino’s Island Club loyalty members. Early 2014 season stay-and-play packages begin at only $85 midweek.

The 24/7 gaming floor features more than 1,200 slot machines and a variety of table games including poker, Blackjack, craps and roulette. Five restaurants, private dining/banquet rooms, recently updated accommodations and weekly live entertainment draw visitors annually from the United States and Canada.

The course’s 2014 rates and packages can be found on the resort’s website.

For more information:; 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.

Sweetgrass Golf Club, site of the 2011-16 Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass (a Symetra Tour stop), was designed by Michigan-native Paul Albanese.

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Boasting more than 1,200 slot machines and 24/7 Vegas-style gaming, the Island Resort & Casino ( offers craps, Blackjack, roulette, poker and more. The Island hosts top musical acts from a variety of musical genres. The property is easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette.

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