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Island Resort & Casino break ground on new conference facility

Guests and golfers at the Island Resort & Casino in Michigan ’s Upper Peninsula will have more space for private dinners and corporate golf gatherings next spring.

The resort, which owns and operates the award-winning Sweetgrass Golf Club, broke ground on a $2-million conference center expansion this fall. Located adjacent to the Sweetgrass pro shop, the addition will nearly double private function space to 17,400 square feet throughout the property.

“Since opening Sweetgrass in 2008, we’ve seen an increased demand for private parties and golf outings,” said Tom McChesney, general manager of the Island Resort & Casino. “Recent national rankings of our golf course have drawn groups who also need space for pairing parties, board retreats and non-profit banquets.”

Scheduled to be completed in April, 2011, the conference center addition will increase total seating capacity to 828. It can be accessed via a new private outdoor entrance and is within easy indoor walking distance from the casino’s main floor, showroom, in-house restaurants and 275 hotel rooms.

The expansion is the latest of many capital improvements on the Island Resort & Casino campus, which have included the golf course, a 1,700-seat Showroom, the Palm Tower hotel wing with 162 additional guest rooms and a luxury Presidential Suite. The property has a full complement of food and beverage options through its onsite restaurants and banquet facilities.



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