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.