Golf Course Overview
Site of the 2011-13 Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass (LPGA Futures Tour stop), this 7,275-yard, par-72 layout resides on the site of the Island Resort & Casino in Michigan’s pristine Upper Peninsula. Situated on rolling terrain, the course features native Sweetgrass, historic U.S. Transportation bridges, and a famed Island Green. Architect Paul Albanese paid tribute to the Potawatomi in naming each hole after tribal legends. The 10th hole includes an open fire pit, in tribute to the “Keepers of the Fire.”
Albanese designed the course in “risk-reward” style, and a series of water features and carefully placed bunkers place a premium on accuracy from the seemingly straightforward layout. Course features include:
· Hole #15 – “Turtle.” The Island green, which pays tribute to the casino's name, meshes with Potawatomi legend, which holds the turtle and its wisdom in high esteem. The challenging par-3 Island green is surrounded by a bed of rock outcroppings and resembles the renowned creature.
· Hole #12 – “Maple Sugar.” Named for the preventative medicine and natural food, this hole presents a classic Biarritz green.
· Hole #9 – “Trailing Arbutus.” Paying homage to spring, this par 5 is as beautiful as it is difficult, with cascading waterfalls near the green.
· Hole #18 – “Seven Grandfathers.” This par 5 finishing hole has seven bunkers, signifying the seven grandfathers endowed by the great Creator to protect and teach the people wisdom, respect, love, bravery, honesty, humility and truth.
The course, named to GOLF Magazine’s Best New Courses and Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play – State by State, is imminently walkable through most of the design, but GPS-equipped carts are provided with every round to ensure quick pace of play.