W 399 US-2, Harris, Michigan 49845, US
(800) 682-6040
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About Island Resort & Casino

The Island Resort & Casino, owned by the Hannahville Indian Community, is a golf and gaming mecca in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. With 326 rooms and suites and an RV Park, there are accommodations for every budget. Golfers can tee it up at Sweetgrass and Sage Run, two courses designed by Paul Albanese. The casino, night club and a 1,315-seat showroom, which hosts concerts, comedians and more, entertain after dark. Eight different eateries are available.

Facts

Price Range$$
Property Class★★★
Year Opened1985
Number of Units300-500

Amenities

RestaurantsCasual, Fine, Bar
Room TypesRoom, Suite
PoolIndoor
Practice FacilityYes
CasinoYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Island Resort & Casino

Reviews

4.4
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Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great potential

I'd like to play again in 2 years.

Great looking course, every hole is different.

Many shots where you can't see the pin, makes for a tough round.

The GPS on the carts sure helped see what was coming, as being new, there was nothing online.

No beverage carts made for a hot day. Seems they would have sold alot when it's 85 degrees.

Clubhouse bar is small as a closet, why spend so much on the course and make a tiny clubhouse?

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Potential

This course is still raw, but that's expected considering it has only been open for a few weeks. The GPS in the golf cart was very helpful considering it's hard to find any information about this course online yet, and with the hills there are a few blind shots. There are a number of rocks on the course. The rough is in okay shape in some places, but very patchy in others. The longer grass is thick in some places, but the ground is very bumpy which makes the direction the ball bounces unpredictable if you find yourself in there. However, the fairways were in pretty good shape and the greens were in very good shape. The bunkers were fair and the sand was actually fairly fluffy. The rocks on the course are further off into the rough and in the long grass, I didn't see many, if any, in the fairways or on the greens. The tee boxes are uneven. I did hear about that ahead of time and was worried about it, however, it wasn't as big of a deal as I imagined. Even with them being uneven, I was able to find a flat spot on every box so none of my tee shots were affected. It was not as drastically uneven as I was afraid of. It sort of gives the course more of a casual and rustic feel as opposed to something that is annoying. There are dramatic elevation changes on some holes, and it's visually stunning even now. At the end of the round, I found that my score was right in line with what I usually shoot, so even though the course needs time to mature, it is playable as it is.

Bottom line, this course probably isn't worth the amount they are charging for it right now. However, it will be soon. It's a beautiful course, and I am really looking forward to seeing it in a couple years. If you're curious to see a great course in it's infancy stage, go ahead and play it. As long as you go into it knowing what to expect as far as the conditions, you won't be disappointed.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

A real challenge

This is a course to put in your must play destination list for 2020. The course just opened up this year so it needs a few years to let the ground level out and really hit its full potential. From the tips it plays a long challenging 7,300+yds and is not for the faint of heart. Beautiful design and layout gives it an easy 4 out of 5 stars the only hold back in design is the natural tee boxes, I think the course designer missed the mark vastly when creating this concept. The course is challenging enough to add this type of tee box (I’ve never even heard of this concept and have folded all over the US and Europe) is a touch much.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Course is no good for the money should not be open

We have our annual golf trip every year at Island Resort and we were excited for this new course. When we got to the course the pro shop guys were nice and friendly, as we stepped out by the carts the started said we should not have come, that the course is not ready and should not be open. Right away we saw that he is right, not only is there not one flat lie on the tee boxes, but there is rock all over the course. You cannot hit out of the certain spots fairway or rough because it is solid rock. On one hole they know about a hornets nest next to the green and instead of taking care of the problem, they put a sign up next to the tee box telling you to watch out. Getting hounded by the rangers all day seems to be a problem, they are very rude and will follow you and see if they can catch you doing something. My suggestion is to go pick rocks off the course, make yourself useful. I will say that the greens are going to be good, they are in pretty good shape, but the rest of the course is junk. If you are going up there do not waste a round on this course you will not be happy it cost you $85. The course is a $35 the way it sits

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 08/31/2020

We just played it and wow was it great golf. The rough is treacherous but that's part of the challenge. Go back and give it another try!

Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather

Worth the drive

We have played Sweetgrass three times now and enjoy it more every time we play it. Awesome range.The conditions are always perfect, smooth greens and perfect fairways and bunkers. I like to describe it as a modern links course with 5-6 holes of northwoods forest sprinkled in the routing. Some memorable holes and some interesting shot selections make this a great golf experience. I would play a tee forward your first round at sweetgrass, the wind can make it longer than advertised. The casino and hotel make this a great value and course is worth the drive.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great course!! bent grass fairways greens and tee boxes. great condition

Course is a great course. In great condition. Would recommend. This course was challenging though.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

Gem in the middle of nowhere

This course was in excellent condition - on par with TPC courses that I've played in Florida. With it's multiple tees, it can be fun for and challenging for golfers of all abilities. The course had excellent drainage, as it did not play wet despite heavy rains the night before. Having the ability to call in food orders & have them waiting for you at the turn enabled us to finish in under 3 hours on a Saturday.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Like playing on a carpet.

This golf course for the spring season was in almost perfect shape. The fairways are like playing off a carpet at home. Greens are also in good shape from the winter. Long hitters can stripe the ball long with the wide open landing areas. The approach shot into the greens are a lot tougher. Watch the green area and the features around them. Green speeds and breaks are somewhat tricky so read them carefully.

Played in Spring rates so the rate was great.

Staff was okay. I felt rushed when in the pro shop and starter. Not very talkative at all. starter seemed grumpy. But the course marshal was AWESOME!! He was so friendly and very informative about the course and the pro event that comes to the course.

The snack bar at the turn was good. They offered a wrap that was awesome and very delicious.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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