Many courses feature template holes among their selection of par threes, but few feature holes from the diverse timelines of both C.B. Macdonald and Pete Dye. Sweetgrass Golf Club was laid out by two of Dye’s longtime associates, Chris Lutzke and Paul Albanese, who were familiar enough with the history of the game to bring the charm of each to the club.
On the classic side of the template equation are holes designed after the iconic Redan and Biarritz. Dye certainly presented alternative interpretations of the former at his own courses, but the latter is a relative rarity among modern architects. Taking after their former boss, Albanese and Lutzke tweak the Biarritz concept so that it’s at an angle from the player. As for the Dye template? An island green, of course, featured at No. 15.
The course is owned and operated by the Hannahville Native American community, with hole names and stories intended to educate golfers throughout the round.
Sweetgrass was a pleasant surprise on many levels for me. It was a part of a package deal at the Island Resort and Casino and the trip was made to Play Greywalls. I looked forward to the other courses but they all exceeded my expectations especially Sweetgrass. Build by two former Dye associates Albanese and Lutzke , they did a great job with the layout and adding in some fun with classic and dye elements. The island green gets the pub but the Biarritz was a ton of fun especially with the pin back and my playing partner short of the green. The course was in reallly good condition and with the package deal there may not be a better deal in the country for stay and play with 3 really good courses and one elite course. I can’t recommend a tip to the Michigan Upper Peninsula enough it may become an annual trip for me despite the logistics challenges.