Course Architect: Tom Fazio
Year Opened: 2004
Location: Verona, New York
Slope: 140. Rating: 75.6
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,315
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 398 Yds    10 - Par 4 422 Yds
                      2 - Par 4 447 Yds    11 - Par 3 230 Yds
                      3 - Par 3 198 Yds    12 - Par 5 538 Yds
                      4 - Par 4 414 Yds    13 - Par 4 416 Yds
                      5 - Par 5 520 Yds    14 - Par 4 385 Yds
                      6 - Par 3 185 Yds    15 - Par 4 442 Yds
                      7 - Par 4 433 Yds    16 - Par 3 177 Yds
                      8 - Par 5 576 Yds    17 - Par 4 467 Yds
                      9 - Par 4 469 Yds    18 - Par 5 598 Yds
                      Par 36  3,640 Yds     Par 36  3,675 Yds

Key Events Held: PGA Professional National Championship (2016),
                 Turning Stone Resort Championship (2007-2010),
                 Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge (2008-present),
                 B.C. Open (2006),
                 PGA Professional National Championship (2006),
                 Turning Stone Invitational (2005-present),
                 Eastern PGA Club Professional Championship (2004).

Awards Won: Top 100 Courses You Can Play - Golf Magazine (2006-11),
            One of world's finest new courses - Robb Report (2005),
            One of 10 Best New Public/Resort Courses - Travel & Leisure Golf,
            Top 10 New Courses You Can Play - Golf Magazine (2004),
            Ranked #4 by Golfweek - Top-10 public-access courses NY (2006).


HISTORY:  It certainly hasn't taken long for Atunyote (uh-DUNE-yote) Golf Club
to  reach the pinnacle  of the golf world. In less than one year, Atunyote has
been  rated as one of the top-10 new courses you can play by Golf Magazine and
one  of  the world's finest  new courses by the  Robb Report. Lofty honors and
well  deserved.  It comes as no  surprise that Atunyote, along with Shenendoah
Golf  Club,  have been  selected by  the PGA of  America to  host the PGA Club
Professional  Championship  in 2006.  The golf  course is  part of the Turning
Stone  Resort  and Casino, one  of three  championship venues on the property.
Before  we  describe the  ins and outs  of the course,  one must first mention
what  the Oneida  Indian Nation has created, just 30 minutes east of Syracuse,
New  York. Your stay at Turning Stone must include overnight accommodations at
The  Lodge  at Turning Stone.  Let's start  with this luxurious 98-suite hotel
that  offers everything your heart desires. The rooms are exquisite with every
amenity  you  could want.  The building  itself boasts  a fireplace that rises
three floors, the centerpiece of a majestic Great Room and the staff, well, to
say  accommodating  would be an  understatement. After Shenendoah and Kaluhyat
Golf  Club's  were designed, the  Oneida People brought in acclaimed architect
Tom Fazio to craft a traditional parkland layout. Fazio, who has designed some
beauties  in his  day (Shadow Creek, Wade Hampton and Hudson National are just
some  of  the courses  that come  to mind), has  did just  that and then some.
Atunyote, which is the Oneida word for "Eagle", features rolling terrain, wide
fairways,  streams, lakes,  waterfalls,  not  to mention  wooded  areas and  a
magnificent  clubhouse, reminiscent  of  the glorious  facility at  Shinnecock

The 2006 PGA Professional Championship was an exciting tournament, as Ron
Philo Jr defeated Alan Schulte on the third playoff hole for the title. With
the win, Philo, along with the top-20 finishers at the National Championship,
received a spot in the 2006 PGA Championship. Philo, who's sister is LPGA Tour
player Laura Diaz, carded a final round 68, which included a hole-in-one on
the third hole, to tie Shulte at 10-under-par 278. After halving the first two
extra holes, Schulte teed off into a hazard at the third hole and made double-
bogey, thus handing Philo the win. It was a particularly disappointing ending
for Schulte, who had held at least a share of the lead after each of the first
three rounds. For the week, the Atunyote course played to a scoring average of
73.4022. The most difficult hole on the course was the par-3 11th, which
played to a scoring average of 3.3804.

Turning Stone Resort opened its doors to the PGA Tour in 2006, as the B.C.
Open, due to heavy rain, was moved to Atunyote Golf Club. The tournament was a
smashing success, as John Rollins two-putted for birdie on the 72nd hole to
defeat Bob May by one shot. Starting the day three shots off the pace, Rollins
carded a flawless eight-under 64 for a four-day total of 269 and his first
victory on the PGA Tour since the 2002 Bell Canadian Open. Third-round leader
Gabriel Hjertstedt closed with a one-under 71 and tied for sixth. Former
Masters champion Larry Mize was the lone player in the field to post all four
rounds in the 60s, as he tied for sixth. The course record of 63 set by Craig
Thomas in 2004 at the Eastern PGA Club Championship, was equaled during round
two, as Michael Allen posted a nine-under score.

REVIEW:  Atunyote  opens  with one  of  the  easier  holes  on the  course,  a
straightaway,  398-yard par four.  The play is down the right side of the wide
fairway  with a  three-metal to avoid the  S-shaped bunker on the left and the
20-yard  trap  on the right, which  is 300 yards away  from the tips. A tip at
Atunyote,  be  patient and not greedy.  Just a short  iron is left to a fairly
deep  green, protected  on  the left  by three  bunkers.  The putting  surface
features a ridge on the right side, but is otherwise very receptive and should
be  able to yield a few birdies. In contrast, the second, another straightaway
par  four, stretches  447 yards with a tighter fairway, thick-sloping rough on
the  left  and a  pair fairway bunkers  on the right.  Your approach will play
ever-so  slightly uphill, to a well-guarded green, just 28 yards in depth. The
putting  surface is  fairly flat, however, be aware of the false front, making
your  club selection key. The first par-three on the course, the third, can be
quite  a bear, especially with a back-left pin placement. A deep bunker guards
the left side and the green is very undulating and could be quite difficult to
hold  your mid to long iron. With a right-to-left sloping green, the best play
is center-cut, two putt for par and move on. Another chance at birdie comes at
the  fourth. Bending  slightly  to  the left  and  playing  downhill from  the
fairway,  the  fourth requires  an exact  tee ball,  splitting the two fairway
bunkers protecting either side and avoiding the canyon of water and vegetation
on  the left. A  big drive will leave just a wedge to an undulating green that
features  a two-tiered putting surface. With a back-right flag, you'll have to
contend  with a deep trap, but with such a short club in hand, attack, attack,
attack.  One of  the signature holes at  Atunyote, the fifth is the first par-
five  and also  the shortest at just  520 yards. Reachable in two, this dogleg
left  boasts a watery  grave all along the left side and gnarly rough down the
right. Three traps guard the corner of the driving area while one surly bunker
flanks  the right.  A high drawing tee  shot can leave a second shot that will
get  you home, however, lurking to the left is water, right is sand and short,
another  trap. Precision  is key, and that includes the putting surface, which
slopes  from back to front and right to left towards the water. If you need to
get  one back,  this is  where to  start.  Signature No.  2, the  sixth is  an
outstanding  par-three, featuring  a  pond on  the right  from  tee to  green.
Although  only 30 yards deep, the putting surface is quite wide and missing on
the  wrong side  could  result in  a  three-putt. A  back-right  pin is  quite
exciting,  especially if  a little wind kicks up. The bottom line, mid-iron to
the  center of  the green and two-putt for  par. This is no time to be a hero.
One  of the most  difficult holes on the course, the seventh not only requires
accuracy  off the  tee, but a pin-point approach. The hole doglegs severely to
the  right with woods guarding the entire right side, not to mention a 30-yard
bunker  at  the corner. A  fade for the right-handed  player is needed off the
tee, as draw could run through the fairway. This tree-lined hole is similar to
courses in the Carolinas. The hardest aspect of the hole however is the second
shot  which  must be  struck with precision  in an effort  to hold the putting
surface,  the longest on  the course (46 yards deep). The green is quite slick
and  slopes from front  to back with a bunker, as long as the surface guarding
the  right. Making  par is crucial on  this hole to keep the round going. Most
people  think of  par fives  as certain  holes  to get  home in  two and  make
birdie.  The  eighth is just the  opposite. Although straightaway with a large
landing  area, the  hole narrows severely, forcing your second shot to split a
pair  of two  large trees that guard  the landing zone. Favor the left side of
the  fairway off  the tee, despite the  trap, as the right side fairway is too
close  for  comfort to  the deep  rough and trees.  Following your layup, your
third  is just  a little wedge to  a receptive green, that slopes from back to
front.  A pair  of  bunkers guard  either  side of  the  surface, making  your
approach  a little tricky with a front flag. The hardest hole on the course is
the  par-four ninth, stretching a mighty 468 yards from the black buttons. The
hole  bends slightly to the left and plays uphill to the green. A big tee ball
must  avoid  the traps  on either  side of the  fairway to  set up a difficult
second.  The  putting surface is guarded  by a deep  trap on the right and the
green  slopes severely  from back to front  and left to right. Making par is a
good number.

The back nine starts similar to the opening hole, a straightaway par four, but
this time it features the only forced carry off the tee. If the wind is up and
you're  playing the  back tees, then this  could be an issue, but it generally
does  not come  into play. The fairway  is very accommodating, but stay to the
right  side,  as a 35-yard  long trap wreaks havoc  down the left. From there,
just  a mid to  short iron awaits to the smallest green on the course, just 24
yards in depth. A large gaping bunker resides in front of the putting surface,
which is quite tricky with a back-right flag. With the right stick, this could
be  a  real birdie  chance. In contrast,  the 11th  is a bear  of a par three,
stretching 251 yards from the black tee. This is the start of some of the most
exciting  golf  on the course.  To make matters worse,  the wind is usually in
your  face and a stream runs down the right side past the green. Did I mention
that  the putting surface  is a whopping 41 yards long and slopes from left to
right  towards  the water? Making  bogey here  is not that  bad. The 12th is a
dandy  of  a par five, bending  to the right  with a lake bordering the entire
right  side. Your  tee shot must favor  the left side, as not only water comes
into  play, but a 40-yard trap also looms large on the right. This hole can be
reached  in two,  but beware,  a precise  second must  be struck  to have  any
chance,  as the  water is quite inviting.  The best play, lay up down the left
side  and  leave yourself a  little pitch to this  long, but narrow green. The
putting  surface is only  19 yards deep and slopes from back to front, so play
below the hole and give yourself a real birdie opportunity. You will certainly
need  some luck  when playing the par-four 13th. Although not long in yardage,
the  13th features a  lake down the right side of the landing area through the
green.  The hole  bends slightly to the  right and has an ample fairway with a
trio of bunkers on the left and one on the right. Three-metal should be enough
to  leave a mid  to short iron to the green. The putting surface slopes to the
front, but with water right and sand left, the green looks very small. Birdie,
sure,  but  par is  a fine  score. The 14th  is supposedly  the easiest on the
course,  but not so fast. The straightaway par four plays uphill with a stream
meandering  down  the left side  and bending left at  the green. Your tee shot
needs  to be right  center, as balls tend to gravitate toward the stream which
is  just a few  yards from the fairway. A trap 115 yards from the green guards
the  right, so use  a three-metal off the tee for a simple wedge approach. The
putting  surface  is wide, deep and  quite undulating. Remember, take an extra
club  to  reach the uphill  green to give yourself  the best chance at birdie.
Another  difficult hole  on the back nine is the dogleg right 15th. Stretching
442  yards  from the tips, the  15th requires a  tee shot that favors the left
side,  thus avoiding the  trees that ramble along the right, but must miss the
bunker  on the  left of the landing area  that is 30 yards long. A mid to long
iron  is left  to a wide green that  slopes from the middle, to both the right
and  left.  The putting  surface is narrow  and missing long  could make for a
difficult  up and  down. The  final par  three on  the course,  the 16th  is a
beauty.  The hardest part is deciding what club to hit, as the putting surface
is 46 yards long. The green slopes severely from back to front and five traps,
two  front, two  left and one right  most definitely come into play. Trees run
down  both  sides of  the hole, so  swirling winds are  quite common. The most
difficult  hole on the  inward nine is the 17th, due mainly to the length (467
yards).  The straightaway par  four requires a big tee ball down the left side
of the fairway, thus avoiding the two traps down the right side, some 77 yards
in length. A mid to long iron is left to a fairly deep green (42 yards) with a
huge  bunker  protecting the  right-front.  The  putting surface  slopes  hard
towards  the front, so don't be dismayed with making par, that's a good score.
The  closing hole is  another gem, not to mention the longest on the course at
603  yards.  A big  tee shot  down the  left side  may cut  the dogleg to give
yourself  a glimmer of  hope of getting home in two, but wipe that out of your
mind,  this is  a three-shotter. Your layup  needs to be played down the right
side  to  set up a  little wedge. The  key here is to  avoid the lake down the
right side and the bunker in the landing area on the left. Make sure you judge
the  distance  correctly on your  third, as the  putting surface is uphill and
very  shallow  at just 22  yards deep. The green  slopes severely from left to
right  and is  protected by a trap in  the left-front and a pair on the right-
front.  Sure,  birdie is  a good finish,  but par  is a great  way to end your

FINAL  WORD: This  is a dream come true.  A perfect place to get away from the
hustle and bustle of New York and beyond and enjoy the fruits of your labor. A
spectacular  casino, spa,  19-story  - 300-room  hotel,  the Lodge,  featuring
beautiful  suites,  a 5,000-plus  state-of-the-art events center, a four-story
parking  garage  that holds  2,400  cars  and  if  that wasn't  enough,  three
championship  golf courses. There is also an indoor golf facility. Atunyote is
one  of a trio  of outstanding courses that will test not only the novice, but
the  best players in the world. With five sets of tees, the course ranges from
5,098 yards to over 7,300 and is for all levels of play. The practice facility
is second to none, featuring a short-game area, putting greens and an enormous
driving  range.  The conditioning of the  course is phenomenal, not a blade of
grass out of place. The New England-style clubhouse is majestic and the staff,
in  a  word, outstanding.  I'd be remiss  if I forgot  to mention the culinary
delights,  especially Rodizio Churrascaria at Turning Stone, a Brazilian steak
house.  Atunyote and the Resort at Turning Stone are a must at all costs. Hey,
maybe  you'll even  get to  see  a legend  perform,  like B.B.  King (I  did).
Exceptional    accommodations,   magnificent   golf   courses,   world   class
entertainment and a casino to boot. This is the ultimate destination. Even big
John Daly was impressed during an exhibition in 2005. "It's absolutely
gorgeous. The greens are perfect and every hole is a little bit different.
It's a blast, so pure, and top notch. It's a super golf course. This is
definitely a national championship-caliber course."