Island Resort & Casino: Escape for Great Golf and Gaming in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Open Championship, NBA Finals, and World-Class Golf, July is a great time to experience the Island

Escanaba, MI – The summer golf season is in full swing and golfers looking to experience a fun and exciting golf and gaming getaway this summer can look no further than Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula and the Island Resort & Casino, located just outside of Escanaba. Home of the award-winning Sweetgrass and Sage Run golf courses, golfers are now planning fun golf adventures and combining it with Sportsbook gaming entertainment.

July is an ideal month to visit the Island Resort & Casino with premier sporting events like the NBA Finals and the Open Championship taking place. TwinSpires, the official online wagering site for Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, has become the official partner of the resort. Combining multiple championship courses and spending the evenings gaming and watching the best sporting events makes this the perfect golf trip.

Visiting the Island the weekend of July 15-18 during the Open Championship can be even more unique. With the time difference and the Open Championship TV coverage in the morning, breakfast at the Island can include placing bets on your favorite golfers from around the world. Your group can then play your own afternoon games on Sweetgrass or Sage Run. With over 10 kiosks, golfers can easily place bets while viewing live events on 30+ big screen TVs.

Whether it’s a buddy trip or couples golf getaway, fully customizable packages can be booked featuring 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-night lodging options with up to four rounds of golf. Pricing starts at just $120 per person based on double occupancy. Visit for more details.

Award-winning golf has become the centerpiece of the Island Resort & Casino
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 as some wonderful strategic holes — including the famous island green No. 15 and spectacular double green with finishing par-five holes on each side. The course, which plays host to the Symetra Tour’s Island Resort Championship, is ranked among Golfweek’s Best Courses and has been recognized by GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest as a Best in State selection.

Sage Run, also designed by Albanese, offers a contrasting style from its sister course. The course, which was listed among Golf Digest’s prestigious list of “Best New Courses” in 2019, meanders through beautiful Upper Peninsula hardwoods, open vistas and a very dramatic ridge — offering a scenic variety of shots that collectively create a fun thrill ride for golfers. The course annually plays host to some of the top collegiate players with The Island Resort Intercollegiate at Sage Run.

About Island Resort & Casino
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 over 300 guest rooms, more than 1,200 of the latest slots, a poker room, various gaming tables, a sportsbook and a bingo hall, two championship golf courses, the luxurious Drift Spa, an RV Park, a headline entertainment showroom, a customizable, expansive convention space and enough dining choices to please every palette. 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, a high-end dining venue and convention space are also planned for the top floor, as well as a pool with water park features. The destination is easily accessible via two regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette connecting through Detroit, Saginaw, Lansing or Grand Rapids.

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