One of the Midwest’s fastest-growing golf resort destinations, Island Resort & Casino, located in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula (near Escanaba), has reopened to golfers and resort guests. Resort amenities, including the acclaimed Sweetgrass and Sage Run golf courses and Island Resort’s assortment of dining options, gaming and spa are now open with comprehensive social distancing guidelines in place.
Keeping the health of resort guests, a top priority, Island Resort has developed new practices and standards to ensure safety, while maintaining the superior service and quality experience that golfers and guests deserve. This includes increased cleaning and sanitizing across the entire resort, clear social distancing guidelines, as well as various precautions and safety provisions throughout each area and amenity of the resort.
Award-winning golf has become the centerpiece of the Island Resort & Casino experience.
Designed by Paul Albanese, Sweetgrass, features an open layout with some of the game’s most fun greens to putt (Redan, Biarritz, Island, and Double-Green), as well some wonderful strategic holes including the famous island green No. 15, and spectacular finishing par 5 holes on each side. The course, which plays host to the Symetra Tour’s Island Resort Championship, is ranked among Golfweek’s Best Courses, as well as recognition by GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest as a Best in State ranking.
Sage Run, also designed by Albanese, offers a contrasting style from its sister course. The course meanders through beautiful Upper Peninsula hardwoods and open vistas with very dramatic views. A natural drumlin, or elongated hill or ridge formed by glacial ice long ago, is the primary feature on Sage Run. Golf holes were routed up and around the hill offering a scenic variety of shots creating a fun thrill ride for golfers. A variety of long and short golf holes with long fescue grasses lining the fairway and edging the bunkers, as well as creative short par fours with some blind shots, will challenge golfers of all abilities. The course also plays host to some of the top collegiate players with The Island Resort Collegiate at Sage Run. In 2019, Sage Run was named to Golf Digest’s prestigious list of “Best New Courses.”
Bigger and Better
The growing popularity of golf and gaming at Island Resort has driven the demand for a $30 million expansion that will be completed in 2021. More than 100 new hotel rooms will be added, which will be connected to the south end of the current 11-story Palm Tower. A high-end dining venue and convention space are also planned for the top floor, as well as a pool featuring water park attractions for kids and young adults.
Island Resort Golf Packages to Escape COVID Captivity
Following weeks of sheltering in place, golfers looking to escape and enjoy a great golfing road trip, will surely enjoy one of the largest golf and gaming destinations in the Midwest. The Island Resort & Casino golf packages combine the best golf led by its Sweetgrass and Sage Run courses, lodging and gaming. The fully customizable packages offer 1, 2, 3, and 4-night lodging options with up to four rounds of golf. Package prices range from $95 – $758 depending on the time of year and single/double occupancy. Golfers will also receive five coupons: $5 promo cash, $5 off bingo, $5 off dining, one drink and $5 off services at the luxurious Drift Spa.
Discovering the Upper Peninsula’s Perfect 4-Some
The “Perfect 4-Some” is a fully customizable package offering 3, 4, and 5-night lodging options at Island Resort with four rounds of golf. The package combines the best golf in the region led by the Island Resort & Casino with its Sweetgrass and Sage Run courses together with the highly acclaimed Greywalls course in Marquette and TimberStone in nearby Iron Mountain.
Package prices range from $350 – $758 depending on the time of year and single/double occupancy. Golfers will also receive a hotel package containing various coupons for resort amenities.
Island Resort & Casino is located in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula 13 miles west of Escanaba, Island Resort & Casino is one of the Midwest’s largest golf, casino and entertainment resort destinations. The resort features 36 holes of golf, Sweetgrass and Sage Run, over 300 guest rooms including spacious suites and a 42–site RV Park.
The resort amenities also include the luxurious Drift Spa offering a variety of high-end spa services with access to the resort’s saltwater pool, steam rooms and sauna. Multiple dining options include the signature 5 Bridges Steak and Seafood House, 5 Bridges Pub, Firekeeper’s Restaurant, T. McC’s Sports Bar, Coral Reef Grille, Signature Subs & Pizza, The Coffee & Bakery Shop, as well as The Custard Shop. The Island regularly hosts headline entertainment in the intimate 1,315 seat Showroom, as well as weekly bands and comedy entertainers in Club 41. The Island Convention Center provides the perfect venue for special events, business meetings and weddings.
The destination is easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette connecting through Detroit, Saginaw, Lansing or Grand Rapids.
The Island Resort and Casino strives to provide superior service and quality entertainment for their guests. To do this in the safest manner while keeping the health of guests and employees the number one priority special guidelines and expectations have been instituted to ensure a healthy return. Please visit www.islandresortandcasino.com for specific details on venue hours, event information and precautions during your visit.
Claudio DeMarchi – www.TravelingGolfer.net