In Michigan’s UP…the UP Stands for Unbelievable Packages

Three Golf courses, two time zones and one Casino Resort equals one of Pure Michigan’s most unique and value based golf get-away packages.  Here are the course names: Sweetgrass, Greywalls and Timberstone. Three of the most aptly named courses in Michigan and together they have teamed up to turn the Marquette area into a must play golf destination.

It’s a Michigan Upper Peninsula trifecta that has people travelling from Detroit to Green Bay, Wisconsin to take advantage of these nationally awarded courses that just happen to be located within a triangle inside the Hiawatha National Forest.

Here’s how it works. Base camp is Island Resort and Casino in Escanaba. This is home of Sweetgrass Golf Course named the best new casino resort course in America. It’s a terrific start, an American version of a links course with constant mounding covered with two varietals of beautiful fescue that define playable and pleasant holes. Be careful which tee boxes you choose. There are many options with as many as 60 yards difference between the championship tees and the men’s white tees. The greens are a treat and so are the bridges that feature iron made walls fitting for this iron ore paradise.

Timber Stone is located in Iron Mountain…. just a half hour away. 18-holes climb the ski mountain they share as part of the Pine Ridge development. No two hole are the same as you climb your way though the forest and the lakes. We counted 14-deer there in a recent round. You don’t care the deer are there and they don’t even know you are there. The signature hole is the par three 17th.218 yards from the tips and a 150-foot vertical drop. (Personal note: Our host aced this hole on the day we played it. Hang time, a vista that takes you ten miles away and a great shot will always be in the back of my mind as one of golf’s best moments.)

Greywalls in Marquette is an adventure. Visually intimidating it is a fun course for high handicappers and a true test for competitive golfers. Cut through walls of stone that measure as high as 50-feet, they didn’t move much dirt to make this gem. This is natural ground turned into one of the most entertaining golf courses in the country. Plus Marquette is home to Northern Michigan University giving you plenty of night life options.

Three world-class courses, a modern casino resort to call home and rates that are lower than the temperatures in February. It’s located in the western portion of Michigan where you might think you are in Wisconsin if you take the time to watch local TV but we claim it as a Pure Michigan treat.

For great deals, check out the package info on the Sweetgrass, Pine Mountain Resort, and Marquette Golf Club sites.

Tim Hygh has been involved with Michigan golf for three decades. Hygh was a television sports director when the golf boom hit. As Marketing Director for Shanty Creek, he helped orchestrate the grand opening of The Legend. Since then, Hygh has helped produce two Michigan Golf television programs, managed tournament media centers for over 20 years, and is currently a golf public relations consultant for Travel Michigan and Executive Director of the Mackinac Island Convention and Visitor's Bureau.