Golf News for Thursday, January 3, 2013 | Courses

Turning Stone Resort Casino in New York earns honors from Golfweek magazine

Oneida Nation Homelands -- Established as the premier destination in Central New York, Turning Stone Resort Casino continues to be recognized as one of the most respected golf resorts in the nation.

Golfweek magazine has presented Turning Stone with its most recent honors by naming all three championship 18-hole layouts -- the Atunyote, Kaluhyat and Shenendoah courses -- to the "Top 40 Best Casino Courses" list.

Determined by the magazine's nationwide team of sophisticated golf course raters, the Top 40 list is reserved exclusively for golf's top layouts associated with a casino, with Turning Stone the only resort casino in the Unites States with three courses on this prestigious list for two consecutive years.

Atunyote, ranked No. 18, is the acclaimed venue that serves as home for the annual Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation Challenge, a world-class charity golf event featuring some of the top names in professional golf, including Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Yani Tseng and Annika Sorenstam. Designed by Tom Fazio, Atunyote ("uh-DOON-yote") is highlighted by spacious fairways, large undulating greens and steep-faced bunkers. Other notable features include a preserved deadwood marsh, a rock formation and several lakes, streams and waterfalls.

Kaluhyat, ranked No. 19, is a classic shot-maker's course that rewards precision ball-striking and acute strategy. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Kaluhyat ("ga-LU-yut") offers impressive landscape that includes several plateau settings offering seemingly endless views. Other features include mature forested areas, ancient wetlands, native plant life and wildlife corridors.

Shenendoah, ranked No. 40, is the original golf course at Turning Stone, which captures a links feel with a straightforward, low-country flair. The Rick Smith design, opened in 2000, offers generous fairways and greens set along rolling wetlands, tall fields of native fescues and deep woods. Host of the PGA Professional National Championship (2006), the course is a dwelling for nearly 100 species of birds.

The Atunyote and Kaluhyat courses, each a Certified Audubon Sanctuary, are also ranked among Golfweeek's "Top 100 Resort Courses."

Results of the new "Top 40 Best Casino Courses" poll are to be featured in the special Year-In-Review double issue (Dec. 7/Dec. 14) and at

Turning Stone's resort golf experience also has been recognized by Golf Digest and Golf World ("Best Golf Resorts" and "Best Casino Courses"), GOLF Magazine ("Premier Resorts") and Golf Odyssey ("World's Best Golf Destinations").

For more details about Turning Stone Resort Casino, call (800) 771-7711, or visit

About Turning Stone Resort • 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

Media Information:
Karen Moraghan - Hunter Public Relations, or (908) 876-5100
Dan Smith, Oneida Nation Public Affairs, or (315) 829-8305
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