W 399 US-2, Harris, Michigan 49845, US
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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

4.2
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Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Sage "No Fun" Run

Wow, where to begin. First off, I try to stay positive about new courses that have just opened recently. I don't know if I'd call this a golf course or a glorified gravel pit with good greens. If you are a high handicap, do yourself a favor and stay away from Sage Run. I'm a 3 handicap and I shot 78 here and still didn't enjoy it. There are endless sand traps in the middle of tight fairways that are also surrounded by another ring of fescue and gravel rocks which make finding a fairway even with a decent tee shot mission impossible. I thought I hit a few decent tee shots and ended up in fairway bunkers or the fescue that surrounds them. You'll also spend a LOT of time looking for golf balls just off the edge of the fairways in the fescue.

Rocks, Rocks, and more Rocks!
Put gorilla tape on your clubs or bring an old set.
Even if you are a solid plus hcp or scratch golfer, I would say avoid this course at all costs. The fescue that lines almost all of the fairways is filled with rocks. If you value your thousand dollar irons or new wedges don't bring them to this course. You will ding, dent, and scratch them at this course.

Layout:
Very scenic piece of property. However, you end up with lots of blind tee shots uphill, around blind doglegs, and the fairways are very hard to hit on many holes. Hole 3 is an impossible par 5 with a green that needs to be bulldozed. It's a huge mounded turtleback green, and the greens are so fast you can't even get a ball close to the hole, and even if you do you'll probably 3 putt or roll it off the green back into the fairway. The greens were impeccable, very very fast/firm, but rolled true. However, there is far too much undulation to have greens rolling at an 11-12 on the stimp. Expect to 3 putt more than you think, even if you are inside of 10 feet on your approach shots. All of rocks in the fescue lining the fairways are very annoying. You should never have that many rocks at a golf course. Whoever the architect is for this course, must not be a true golfer.

Recommendation:
Go play Sweetgrass or Timberstone and save yourself the headache of Sage "No Fun" Run. At least those courses are both super scenic and super fun to play for all handicaps and you won't damage your clubs hitting rocks.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

UP Gem

One of the best, most challenging, beautiful courses in Michigan. Be curious about the course before you play, it’s rough and rugged, young, unique, and how it’s integrated into the natural terrain is incredible. I can’t overstate how much fun it was to play Sage Run, a contrast to the other 3 connected courses Sweetgrass, TimberStone in Iron Mountain and Greywalls in Marquette (played them all). The staff at Sage Run was friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating. Our starter,Dwayne, the very best, he went out of the way- friendly, knowledge, patience! Lucky to have him! Highly recommended and we can’t wait to return

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Well Done!

Afeter reading the reviews of Sage Run I was thinking that we should have played elsewhere, however it was a great experience. Are there blind shots - yes (some of the best courses in Ireland have blind shots - Can you say Ballybunion?). Is it flat and boring - no! There are rocks in the rough - so do courses in Hawaii - lava!
Course is in great shape and a very friendly staff. The layout is very different from Sweetgrass as there are elevation changes. The only criticism is the tee boxes are not very flat. If you are looking for a boring, down and back course, play elsewhere. If you want to have fun play Sage Run.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Perfect weather
Used cart

what a pile of manure

Played Sweetgrass Saturday Sage Run today. Loved Sweetgrass. Hated Sage Run. It began at the clubhouse when my Garmin had nothing so had to rely on the course GPS which was not accurate. Hit several clubs over greens believing distance. Then the starter told us how to play number 5 uphill blind par 3. Said stick to the cart path. Did so. Came up pin high 25 yards right of the green.

From there, I would tell you this is the largest rock quarry to ever allow golfers. 3 yards off the fairways was 12 inch grass and the largest rock collection I have ever seen on a golf course. Every hole. And then there was hole 16 designed by a complete moron. Cart path only. Up- hill par 4 of 280 or so. Walked up the path where my playing partner hit his drive, then up another 200 yards of 45 degree slant to my ball carrying 5 clubs, all because of the design of the hole. No- zero yardage markers in the fairway. Not on sprinkler heads. No 100/150/200 yard markers not even the cart path.

This is a glorified cow pasture new or not. I see very little in the way of improving the course. If you are doing a weekend at the Island (nice place) do yourself a favor and play Sweetgrass twice. I will not play this course again!!!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Wisconsin Advisor
First Time Playing

Midwest Gem!

If you can make the trek to Upper Michigan , Sweetgrass is worth the effort. While the facilities are nothing spectacular in the shadow of the Island Resort Casino, the staff and the course easily make up for it with friendliness and conditioning that is on par with the best Midwest courses. The course was in fine shape in spite of recent rain and colder fall temperatures. Throw in the fact they are a week from peak colors and the setting is what you want for fall golf in the UP. Great mix of length and variety in the hole designs. Contouring in the fairways and greens is what makes this a stiff test. The course plays long even from the middle, white tees at almost 6500 yards. A yardage book is a wise purchase for the first time players as you need to know where to place an approach or tee shot on these greens. The greens are well defended by elevation, bunkering and contours. Miss in one direction and you will find yourself with a potential three putt. Both finishing holes on each 9 are par 5’s that surround a pond with cascading water down the middle. Except for more advanced players, they are 3 shot par 5’s and are almost the same hole, just played on different sides of the water.
If Swwetgrass is not an annual stop on your summer golf tour, it should be.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Midwest Gem!

If you can make the trek to Upper Michigan , Sweetgrass is worth the effort. While the facilities are nothing spectacular in the shadow of the Island Resort Casino, the staff and the course easily make up for it with friendliness and conditioning that is on par with the best Midwest courses. The course was in fine shape in spite of recent rain and colder fall temperatures. Throw in the fact they are a week from peak colors and the setting is what you want for fall golf in the UP. Great mix of length and variety in the hole designs. Contouring in the fairways and greens is what makes this a stiff test. The course plays long even from the middle, white tees at almost 6500 yards. A yardage book is a wise purchase for the first time players as you need to know where to place an approach or tee shot on these greens. The greens are well defended by elevation, bunkering and contours. Miss in one direction and you will find yourself with a potential three putt. Both finishing holes on each 9 are par 5’s that surround a pond with cascading water down the middle. Except for more advanced players, they are 3 shot par 5’s and are almost the same hole, just played on different sides of the water.
If Swwetgrass is not an annual stop on your summer golf tour, it should be.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Michigan Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Great Upper Peninsula golf experience

Sweetgrass seems like it shouldn't be in Michigan. The water hazards and conditioning make it seem like a tropical course, which is fitting because it's at the Island Resort and Casino. While it doesn't have vast elevation changes or spectacular lake views, it has great (and challenging) hole design and flow. The staff is extremely friendly, just as you'd expect in the UP. My only minor complaint is that the green were a little too quick, and it had even rained the night before, so I can't imagine them dry. It created a challenge when my short game came into play. The round was still extremely enjoyable and I will definitely be back. I'd suggest taking a trip to the UP to try out the fantastic golf. Don't let the island green get in your head!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great contrast to Sweetgrass.

Sage run is a great contrast to Sweetgrass.

**DISCLAIMER**
The course is new! If you haven't played a newer course before, they can sometimes be rock hard for a couple of years, especially it is isn't a premier 5star resort, add to that, that there is naturally a lot of bedrock in this area of Northern Michigan.. it isn't going to play like your local beer league course.

There are a few quirky holes that would be much better with a caddy or some course experience, but the layout is fun, the course is scenic, and it's a great compliment to Sweetgrass. I honestly enjoyed the round here more than I have enjoyed my rounds at Sweetgrass.

Give it a chance, don't be turned off by the previous reviews.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
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
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
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
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
Played On
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
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
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
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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