East Lake Golf Club
Turning Stone in New York passes the milestone and much more
No. 1 on this list is the Turning Stone Resort, located in Verona in the Oneida Indian Nation of central New York. With its trio of top-notch golf courses, everything at Turning Stone is ready for a bucket-list golf vacation that adds to its after-golf fun and amenities.
The three courses are varied in their design in their characteristics and their challenges while being maintained to the umpteenth degree. It’s this overall variety – and the varying degree of difficulty of the courses – that makes Turning Stone a step above the competition.
Designed by Fazio Atunyote has wide fairways, white sand bunkers and absolutely flawless conditioning, as you would expect on a course that hosts PGA Tour events. It is located approximately five miles from the main Turning Stone property on relatively open and mostly flat terrain, and Fazio has placed numerous bodies of water and stands of trees and hazards to more than demand attention. of the golfer.
Kaluhyat is the player’s course here, and is Turning Stone’s most demanding track. Jones plotted his course around and over half a dozen lakes, through swamps and up to 50 feet of elevation, which adds both difficulty and aesthetics. With its forced reach, length (7,105 yards, the longest of the resort’s three courses) and rating and slope (75.5, 150), it’s up to the golfer to focus and stay fully engaged on every blow to Kaluhyat.
Shenendoah, Smith’s creation, is the less publicized course of the property, but it is perhaps the most fun. The track runs through a series of wetlands, which – combined with holes carved through stands of trees and some that almost look like links in their wide vistas – allow this course to be a bit of everything, and everything is good. Shenendoah was the first of three 18-hole courses laid out at the Turning Stone Resort and a renovation in 2016 made it even better. I challenge you not to have a good time and good game on this course.
Turning Stone Resort is complete with world-class accommodations in one of seven lodges, hotels and inns, an expansive casino with table games, slots, bingo and poker room, and seemingly limitless dining options.