Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Island Resort & Casino is a golf destination just outside of Escanaba that features the award-winning Sweetgrass and Sage Run golf courses. After a $33 million renovation, the resort is offering golfers new lodging, dining and playing options this season.
Designed by Paul Albanese, Sweetgrass was named the 2022 National Golf Course of the Year by the NGCOA. The prairie links style course features an open layout with some of the most fun putting greens in the game (Redan, Biarritz, Island and Double-Green), as well as wonderful strategic holes that include the famous island green at No. 15 and spectacular finishing of the par five holes on each side.
Golf course design aficionados may be familiar with the local examples of Redan and Biarritz at the Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton. The famous 7th at the Chicago Golf Club is a Redan hole, which comes from the French word for part of a fortification. Redan holes generally range from 170 to 240 yards and are well defended with the green offset close to a 45 degree angle moving right to left and bunkers all around.
The Chicago Golf Club’s par-3 third hole plays 219 yards and is known as the Biarritz hole. Biarritz favors a low shot that can cross the channel to lead to the green. If you don’t judge the distance correctly, you will find the wrong side of the hole.
Sweetgrass Golf Club is hosting the Epson Tour Island Resort Championship June 24-26. It is also rated one of Golfweek’s top courses and has been recognized by GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest as one of the best in the state.
Sage Run Golf Club offers a contrasting style to its sister course. Featured on Golf Digest’s prestigious “Best New Courses” list for 2019, it winds through beautiful Upper Peninsula hardwoods, unobstructed views and a dramatic ridge offering a variety of scenic shots that create a thrilling experience for golfers. golfers. The course hosts top collegiate players each year with the Island Resort Intercollegiate at Sage Run.
Located 15 minutes west of Escanaba, Island Resort & Casino is one of the premier golf, casino and entertainment destinations in the Midwest. The resort now offers over 400 rooms, over 1,200 of the latest slot machines, a poker room, various gaming tables, a sportsbook, a bingo hall, two championship golf courses, the Drift Spa, a park of motorhomes, an entertainment showroom, a swimming pool with water park features, ample convention space that can be customized, and enough dining choices to please any palate.
Island Resort & Casino is easily accessible via two regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette, connecting Detroit, Saginaw, Lansing or Grand Rapids.