Is­land Re­sort & Casino Un­veils New Golf Course Plans

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HAR­RIS, MI - Han­nahville In­dian Com­mu­nity is build­ing a new golf course in the Up­per Penin­sula as an amenity to its Is­land Re­sort & Casino, a com­ple­men­tary sec­ond course to award-win­ning Sweet­grass Golf Club.

If Sweet­grass is in­dica­tive of what’s to come, the cur­rently un­named new course will be highly re­garded; it is sched­uled to de­but in 2017. Sweet­grass has been named a top course in the state by both Golfweek and GOLF Mag­a­zine since open­ing in 2008 and an­nu­ally hosts the LPGA Symetra Tour’s Is­land Re­sort Cham­pi­onship.

“One golf course is a course, two is a des­ti­na­tion,” said Tony Man­cilla, Is­land Re­sort & Casino gen­eral man­ager. “We be­lieve the new course and new spa we’re build­ing - com­bined with our ex­ist­ing re­sort ameni­ties and es­tab­lished golf-vis­i­tor ap­peal - will draw more peo­ple who stay longer and spend more.”

Paul Al­banese, of the golf course ar­chi­tec­ture firm Al­banese & Lutzke, was cho­sen to au­thor the new course, which will be dra­mat­i­cally dif­fer­ent than Sweet­grass. Ground was re­cently bro­ken in open spa­ces but the ma­jor­ity of tree re­moval for fair­ways will take place this win­ter.

“The land is very hilly; a lot of vis­tas where you can see 20 miles,” said Man­cilla. “The land is so good that we’re ex­pect­ing the new course to be first class.”

For more in­for­ma­tion: sweet­grass­golf­club. com or call 877-ISL-GREEN.

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