Golf News – October 8, 2021

Sweetgrass Golf Course Named 2021 Michigan Golf Course of the Year 

EAST LANSING, MI – Island Resort & Casino’s original course, Sweetgrass, has been selected as the 2021 Michigan Golf Course of the Year by the Michigan Golf Course Association (MGCA).

One of two courses at the Upper Peninsula resort 13 miles west of Escanaba in Harris, Sweetgrass opened in 2008 to rave reviews and is the annual host course for the LPGA Symetra Tour’s Island Resort Championship.

The MGCA Course of the Year Award honors a member course that meets four criteria: unique characteristics of the course; exceptional quality of ownership and management; outstanding contribution to its community; and significant contribution to the game.

Jada Paisley, executive director of the MGCA, feels Sweetgrass hits the mark.

“The MGCA is thrilled that Sweetgrass is the course of the year,” she said. “It’s just the second time an Upper Peninsula course has been chosen, and it fits all the criteria and more for this award. Island Resort & Casino provides a wonderful golf experience to its guests and with the Hannahville Indian Community has made an incredible impact.”

Island Resort & Casino is owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community, a federally recognized Potawatomi Indian Tribe.

Paul Albanese, a Michigan-based designer, created with Sweetgrass an open layout with a variety of classic green structures and strategic holes. An island green, a double green and par-5 finishing holes on each nine are memorable features for the golfer. In addition to hosting the Symetra Tour’s Island Resort Championship, Sweetgrass has been ranked by Golfweek, GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest in various best courses lists. Its name refers to an aromatic herb and sacred plant used in Indian peace and healing rituals that is planted throughout the course.

Island Resort & Casino is one of the Midwest’s largest golf, casino, and entertainment resort destinations. The resort features 326 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 with more than 100 new hotel rooms bringing the total to 454, a high-end dining venue and convention space and a pool with water park features.

Visit Island Resort HERE

Hay’s Place to Open October 7, Bringing Mexican-inspired Flavors to Pebble Beach Resorts and its New Short Course, The Hay

PEBBLE BEACH, CA – On October 7, Pebble Beach Company will open Hay’s Place restaurant, the final addition to the new Tiger Woods-designed short course, The Hay. Situated atop Peter Hay Hill, the restaurant will offer a Mexican-inspired menu in a casual setting—the perfect spot for a leisurely lunch, dinner, or after-round drink. From its expansive outdoor patio with fire tables and fire pit seating, guests will be treated to scenic views of The Hay short course and the Pacific Ocean. Hay’s Place is just a short walk from The Lodge at Pebble Beach.

“Hay’s Place offers a fun and lively dining environment that takes advantage of the incredible setting and stunning views at The Hay,” said David Stivers, CEO of Pebble Beach Company. “It is the perfect place to relax after a round of golf, cheer on friends and family as they play The Hay, or simply enjoy the incredible food and drinks.”

Like the short course, Hay’s Place is named for Peter Hay, the former long-time head professional at both Pebble Beach and Del Monte golf courses. Hay’s passion for welcoming newcomers to the game will be reflected in the restaurant’s fun and relaxed atmosphere. The menu will add an enticing new flavor profile to Pebble Beach Resorts’ extensive food and beverage offerings through items such as its ceviche, tin can nachos, a variety of tacos with house-made tortillas, fresh locally-caught fish, and “Tiger’s Fajitas.” A fun, playful kids’ menu is also available. The craft beverage menu features signature margaritas and cocktails, as well as a selection of draft beer and wine.

“We are thrilled for our guests and local community to experience Hay’s Place,” said Stivers. “This is truly a unique offering for our resort and the perfect place to create new Pebble Beach memories.”

Hay’s Place will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Visit Pebble Beach Resorts HERE

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