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Michigan casino ready for golf opening

24 March 2010

HARRIS, Michigan -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- You love your golf trips – correct that: you live for them – and you count the days each year until the next one. But the recession's put a crimp in your wallet – and possibly your plans – so you're not sure if your sacred golf pilgrimages will be casualties.

They don't have to be, thanks to the Island Resort & Casino in Michigan's bucolic Upper Peninsula. It offers the "Perfect 4-Some" – a combination of award-winning golf at Sweetgrass (an amenity of the resort casino), Marquette Greywalls and TimberStone – with excellent accommodations for $249. That's an amazing, value-laden deal in which each unit costs $50 (three rounds, two nights lodging).

You may find a better price somewhere for that amount of golf and lodging, but you likely won't find it with courses as highly decorated and a resort casino so well-appointed.

The Perfect 4-Some showcases three of the highest-rated courses in Michigan – out of the more than 700 possibilities. Sweetgrass, which enjoyed its first full season in 2009, has been honored by Golf Digest and Golfweek as one of "America's Best New" courses, while it and Marquette Greywalls were recognized by Golfweek as "Top 20 Places to Play" in the golf-rich state. TimberStone is a rare recipient of Golf Digest's prestigious five-star ranking, and Sweetgrass is rated one of the best casino courses in the nation by Golfweek.

"It's more important than ever to provide great value for consumers and we believe the Perfect 4-Some is one of the best deals in golf travel," said Sweetgrass Director of Golf Dave Douglas. "It's an outstanding bargain, and we are excited to welcome new golfers and repeat guests this year."

Planned for an April 26 opening, weather permitting, Sweetgrass boasts a variety of pricing options (www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com) with a basic 18-hole rate of $75, including GPS-equipped cart and range balls. The par-72 masterpiece – designed by Paul Albanese – stretches to 7,300 yards from the tips, with five sets of tees to accommodate all levels.

Incorporating Native American lore and traditions throughout the layout, Sweetgrass pays tribute to its tribal legacy through subtle elements on each hole. From a sprinkling of the namesake sweetgrass – an herb used in healing rituals – to intricate rockwork, specially crafted bunkers and historic bridges, the course tells many compelling stories.

Sweetgrass Golf Club and the Island Resort & Casino are easily accessible via Green Bay's Austin Straubel International Airport, as well as a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette.

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