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(HARRIS, Michigan) – The second golf course that Hannahville Indian Community is building as part of its Island Resort & Casino will be called Sage Run, and like existing Sweetgrass, the name pays homage to Potawatomi tribal tradition.
“We selected sage because we wanted to highlight another of our four traditional tribal medicines – along with cedar, tobacco and sweet grass,” says Tony Mancilla, Island Resort and Casino General Manager and a tribal member.
“The word ‘run’ in the name references the 10 holes that traverse significantly downhill on the course.” Mancilla and course architect Paul Albanese – of the golf course architecture firm Albanese & Lutzke that designed and is constructing the new course – say Sage Run is progressing well.
“We’re planting nine fairways in mid-August through early fall, and the other nine next spring as soon as we can,” says Mancilla.
“Our goal is to have a soft opening in Fall 2017 and a grand opening in 2018.” Albanese also designed Sweetgrass, ranked one of golf-rich Michigan’s finest via “America’s Best Courses You Can Play” program.
He is excited by the course design overall and specifically as pertains to the drumlin running through Sage Run.
A drumlin is a glacially formed geographical formation typically shaped as an elongated oval hill.
“Our goal was to use the drumlin so that golfers interact with it throughout their round,” says Albanese, a Harvard graduate who has designed and helped build courses worldwide.
“We’ve been able to do that by routing down the drumlin in a number of places, and they’ll be really dramatic holes we believe players will enjoy immensely.” Mancilla too believes Sage Run will impress golf enthusiasts, and he says it’s an ideal complement to Sweetgrass.