Autumn is the ideal time to experience golf in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

ESCANABA, Michigan – One of the greatest gifts golfers who visit Michigan get to experience annually is the magnificent fall colors scattered across the Great Lakes State. Those looking for a head start on the fall golf season should head to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where the fall foliage comes alive at the Island Resort & Casino, located 15 miles west of Escanaba.

September and October are great months to reserve a fall golf package where the region comes to life a few weeks earlier than downstate, when sunny crisp days become a feast for the senses.

The award-winning courses, Sweetgrass (2022 National Golf Course of the Year) and Sage Run, show off a vivid transformation of the autumn landscape, with scenic views of scarlet, rust, gold, and orange that are unmatched in the region.

Golfers booking a fall golf vacation will love the new hotel addition and renovations combined with Sportsbook gaming entertainment. The new tower, connected to the south end of the resort’s Palm Tower, features 138 guest rooms and suites, with some special attention for golfers who visit – fresh, expansive golf suites. 

The spacious 675-square-foot suites are complete with a king, double queen, and common area, all with breathtaking fall color views of the Sweetgrass Golf Course and Northern Michigan – perfect for foursomes seeking added space and a fun environment. 

Horizons Steakhouse, the new high-end dining venue located on the top floor, features some of the region’s best fall-color viewing.

Whether it’s a buddy trip or couple’s golf getaway, fully customizable fall packages can be booked featuring 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-night lodging options with up to four rounds of golf. Pricing starts at just $95 per person based on double occupancy. The popular Perfect Foursome package starts out at $350.00 per person for four rounds golf (Sweetgrass, Sage Run, Greywalls, and Timberstone) and three nights lodging.

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 wonderfully 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 EPSON 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. Listed among Golf Digest’s prestigious list of “Best New Courses” in 2019, and recently ranked No. 20 on Golfweek’s Best in State, Sage Run meanders through beautiful Upper Peninsula hardwoods, open vistas, and a very dramatic ridge – offering scenic 30- to 40-mile views and a 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.

Visit to book your fall golf package. 


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