Island Resort & Casino

Sweetgrass Golf Course, one of two courses at Island Resort & Casino, was named 2021 Michigan Golf Course of the Year.

ESCANABA, Michigan – Island Resort & Casino, in Escanaba, on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, has opened its two outstanding golf courses – Sweetgrass and Sage Run. The resort also is showing off a $33 million renovation.

The new hotel tower, which is connected to the south end of the resort’s Palm Tower, features 138 guest rooms and suites, including golf suites. Each of the 675-square-foot golf suites are complete with a king, double queen and common area. Each also has a view of the Sweetgrass Golf Course. Likewise, Horizons Steakhouse, the new high-end dining venue located on the top floor, features some of the region’s best views.

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 game’s most fun greens to putt (Redan, Biarritz, Island, and Double-Green), as well as strategic holes that include No. 15’s island green and spectacular finishing par-five holes on each side. The course will host the Epson Tour Island Resort Championship on June 24-26.


Sage Run, also designed by Albanese, offers a contrasting style, as it meanders through Upper Peninsula hardwoods, open vistas and a dramatic ridge.

The resort’s fully customized packages offer 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-night lodging options are offered with up to four golf rounds. Package prices range from $95-$758, depending on time of year and single/double occupancy.

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career includes covering Major League Baseball, the NFL and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the web site for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California. He lives in Delray Beach, Fla, and can be reached at

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