Golf News for Friday, January 25, 2008 | People

Martin Nowicki joins PGA golf instructors at Turning Stone Resort

VERONA, N.Y. -- Martin Nowicki has joined the PGA instructional team at Turning Stone Resort and Casino, bringing an impressive resume with world-class golf facilities and teaching experience.

“If you want to work with a high-class golf organization in Central New York, it’s Turning Stone,” said Nowicki, a PGA member since 1996. “Coming to Turning Stone was a case of the right place at the right time.”

A past recipient of Central New York PGA Teacher of the Year award and a finalist for the same honor this year, Nowicki has been ranked among the top 400 teachers in the United States by Golf Magazine and the top 20 instructors in New York State by Golf Digest.

Nowicki began his golf career at the Onondaga Golf and Country Club and has gone on to develop a teaching approach inspired by working alongside some of the country’s top golf instructors, including Jim McLean and Jim Hardy. He has worked at the Chelsea Piers Golf Club (Manhattan, NY) as well as the prestigious Doral Golf Resort (Miami) and Baltusrol Golf Club (New Jersey), which hosted the 2005 PGA Championship as well as seven U.S. Opens. Nowicki is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where he was captain of the golf team.

Nowicki calls Turning Stone “the best year-round training facility in the Northeast. They wanted to create a year-round golf instruction destination that features a warm, bright and clean dome for winter training, and have done just that.”

The Golf Academy at Turning Stone offers individual and group lessons focusing on all aspects of the game. The Golf Training Center, named as one of the Top 10 Golf Domes in America by Golf Range Magazine, houses the academy during the winter months.

Named “Best Golf Destination-Northeast” by Cigar Aficionado magazine, Turning Stone features five spectacular courses where the legendary inspirations of Tom Fazio, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and Rick Smith are built into every rolling green and lush fairway. Turning Stone is the proud host of the PGA TOUR Turning Stone Resort Championship, scheduled for Sept. 28 to Oct. 5, 2008. There is also a weather-resistant Golf Training Center with state-of-the-art equipment that is staffed with certified teaching professionals.

ABOUT TURNING STONE Turning Stone is the largest resort, golf, spa, gaming and entertainment complex in the Northeast, and is one of AAA's top 20 diamond-award winning resorts in North America. Nestled in the breathtaking Mohawk Valley region of Central New York State, Turning Stone is just 35 minutes east of Syracuse. An enterprise of the Oneida Indian Nation, the 1,200-acre Turning Stone resort complex provides world-class gaming and dining, spectacular championship golf (including three of the top 10 rated courses in the state), top name entertainment, more than 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, a new 33,000 square-foot spa, and four lodging facilities featuring more than 700 rooms and suites. Opened in 1993, Turning Stone is one of the top five tourist destinations in New York State, hosting more than 4.5 million visitors a year. For information and reservations, please call 800-771-7711 or visit

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