Golf News for Thursday, November 4, 2010 | Resorts

Golf Dome at Turning Stone Resort in New York State now open

Oneida Nation Homelands in N.Y. -- The Golf Dome at Turning Stone Resort and Casino, the premier year-round golf training center in Central New York, celebrates opening day on Nov. 1. Named among the "Top 10 Golf Domes in America" by Golf Range Magazine, the indoor complex features a newly expanded short-game area and offers 40 hitting stations arranged in a double-deck structure, as well as chipping areas and a putting green.

The Golf Dome also is the off-season home to The Golf Academy At Turning Stone, a successful learning environment for instructor-led clinics, individual lessons and personal practice time. Offering a remodeled, full-service golf shop, the staff at the Golf Dome can provide professional club-fitting and club repair services, as well.

Regardless of the weather outside, those who would prefer the challenge of a golf course can opt for Turning Stone Resort's two golf simulators, which have enhanced technology for 2011. The new system is equipped to measure each player's golf ball characteristics - speed, spin rate and launch angle. Mats are colored and textured to best simulate fairways, rough and bunker play.

New this season for simulated play, Turning Stone Resort's very own Atunyote Golf Course which hosted the Turning Stone Resort Championship on the PGA TOUR, is among the 38 courses available for virtual play. St. Andrews, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Bethpage Black and Pinehurst are among the other virtual venues. General public cost for simulated golf is $28 for one hour on weekdays, $36 on Saturdays and Sundays. Half-hour rates are also available at $16 weekdays and $24 weekends. Turning Stone Resort guests and Diamond Cardholders enjoy discounted rates.

The Golf Dome will host its Golf Simulator League, a 10-week competition that starts in January, as well as special events each Saturday during February and March, combining "Play Golf America" free instruction programs and weekly golf equipment testing with Titleist, Cobra, Callaway, Nike, Bridgestone and US Kids Golf clubs. On Saturdays the events will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with Turning Stone Resort's PGA golf professional staff on hand for individual swing analysis and small-group clinics.

The facility is open to resort guests and the general public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and stays open an extra hour until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Season passes, which provide unlimited access to the Golf Dome hitting stations on Mondays through Fridays from November 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011, are priced at $300 for adults, or $175 for juniors (21 and under). A multi-play punch card, good any day, is also offered at $80 (providing 10 one-hour sessions for the price of eight). General public per person rate for use of the range practice facility is $10 for 30-minutes. Resort guests and Diamond Cardholders pay just $8 for a half-hour.

The Golf Dome is part of the Sportsplex at Turning Stone, which also houses four indoor tennis courts, four outdoor tennis courts, two racquetball courts, locker room facilities and a café. For more details about the Golf Dome at Turning Stone Resort and Casino, call (800) 771-7711 or visit www.turningstone.com.

About Turning Stone Resort and Casino
A premier four-season, destination resort in Upstate New York, the Oneida Indian Nation's Turning Stone Resort and Casino is conveniently located about 30 miles east of Syracuse at NYS Thruway exit 33. Turning Stone was named "Most Excellent Golf Resort" in 2010 by Condé Nast Johansens. The Academy of Country Music named Turning Stone "Casino of the Year" in 2009. The resort offers world-class gaming, golf, entertainment, accommodations and spa facilities, and has earned AAA Four-Diamond ratings for The Lodge, The Tower Hotel and Wildflowers restaurant. For more information and reservations, call (315) 361-7711 or (800) 771-7711. Visit the web site at TurningStone.com.

Information Contacts:
Karen Moraghan, Hunter Public Relations, kmoraghan@hunter-pr.com, 908-876-5100
Dan Hartman, Oneida Indian Nation Media Relations, dhartman@oneida-nation.org, 315-829-8370
Websites: www.OneidaIndianNation.com, www.TurningStone.com/golf