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If it’s golf you’re looking for, Turning Stone Resort Casino has it covered. The resort offers five stunning golf courses, an indoor training center, and various clinics and programs throughout the year to prove just how serious it is about the game. But if all of that weren’t evidence enough, Turning Stone’s Atunyote Golf Club even has PGA Tour tournament host (Turning Stone Resort Championship from 2007-2010) on its résumé.
Atunyote, designed by Tom Fazio, is an 18-hole gem that opened in 2004. In typical Fazio fashion, the course showcases undulating greens and steep bunkers. Golfers are also challenged by the layout’s rock formations, lakes, streams and waterfalls. Located just two miles from resort, Atunyote includes a full-service clubhouse and practice area. A shuttle bus will drive you from the resort to the greens.
The Kaluhyat course, which opened in 2003, was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The course takes its name from the Oneida Indian word that means “the other side of the sky,” and its design is reflective of the title — majestic landscapes span all 18 holes. Kaluhyat is a Certified Audubon Signature Sanctuary, meaning golfers can enjoy the ancient wetlands, native plant life and natural corridors while trying to tame their wild swings on tee shots.
Shenendoah Golf Club was designed by Rick Smith and opened in 2000. Turning Stone’s most popular course, it was named in honor of the tribal chief who was instrumental in the Oneidas’ decision to side with the colonists during the Revolutionary War. Shenendoah, and its 7,000 yards of natural setting, often hosts corporate and charitable events.
Pleasant Knolls is a player-friendly, nine-hole recreational course that features wide fairways, legendary crowned greens, water hazards and a gently rolling terrain. Sandstone Hollow, another nine-holer, was erected with the busy golfer in mind. Also designed by Smith, it’s a fescue-bordered, rock-filled course that tests the limits of players who only have a brief time to be on the fairways, but want to perfect their game.