Island Resort & Casino Unveils New Golf Course Plans
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.