Course Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Year Opened: 2003
Location: Verona, New York
Slope: 146. Rating: 75.1
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,105
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 5 530 Yds    10 - Par 4 385 Yds
                      2 - Par 4 406 Yds    11 - Par 5 621 Yds
                      3 - Par 4 420 Yds    12 - Par 4 427 Yds
                      4 - Par 4 357 Yds    13 - Par 5 558 Yds
                      5 - Par 3 155 Yds    14 - Par 4 395 Yds
                      6 - Par 5 554 Yds    15 - Par 3 172 Yds
                      7 - Par 4 449 Yds    16 - Par 4 431 Yds
                      8 - Par 3 218 Yds    17 - Par 3 175 Yds
                      9 - Par 4 451 Yds    18 - Par 4 401 Yds
                      Par 36  3,540 Yds     Par 36  3,565 Yds

Awards Won: Top 10 public courses in New York - Golfweek (2006),
            America's Best New Upscale Public Courses - Golf Digest (2005),
            Rated #3 - Top 10 list of Best New Courses - Celebrated Living,
            Top 10 New Courses You Can Play - Golf Magazine (2003),
            Certified Signature Sanctuary designation - Audubon International.

Website: www.turning-stone.com

HISTORY:  The  second in the  trilogy of  world-class courses at Turning Stone
Resort  and  Casino, Kaluhyat  Golf Club, pronounced  ga-LU-yut, is the Oneida
Indian  word meaning "the  other side of the sky." Robert Trent Jones, Jr. got
the call to design Kaluhyat, as he outdueled his brother Rees for the job.

Son  of  legendary architect Robert  Trent Jones,  Sr., Junior has a fantastic
resume  of his  own. Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Chateau Whistler
in Canada, Poipu Bay Resort and the Prince Course in Kauai and the home of the
2010  Ryder  Cup, Celtic Manor's Wentwood  Hills Championship Course to name a
few.  RTJ2 has  designed and  worked  on over  200 courses  around the  world,
spanning 38 countries and six continents.

RTJ2  converted low-lying  forest and farmland into a challenging and visually
entertaining  venue.  His vision from day  one has been to introduce new ideas
for  integrating  golf with  wetlands  and  other sensitive  environments  and
creating  playable  golf courses rich with  strategic variety. Only 4 to 4 1/2
hours from New York City and Philadelphia, Kaluhyat has all that and more.

It  comes as  no surprise that Kaluhyat  was voted one of the best new upscale
courses  by Golf  Digest and continues to  reap the awards. Jones II loved the
praise. "I'm glad that the major golf magazines, and others, are acknowledging
the  value of  our efforts.  I  hope it  will  encourage people  to come  play
Kaluhyat and enjoy what the course has to offer."

REVIEW: It's always nice to open a round of golf with a par five. It gives you
chance  to start  with a birdie or a  par, not to mention a hole where you can
make  a slight mistake  and still come away unscathed. The first is just that,
530 yards from the black tees, bending to the right. The landing area is quite
wide  with a pair  of traps down the right side, 255 to 315 yards out. The key
is  with your second  shot. A massive trap, some 50 yards long stands short of
the green, just 67 yards away. The object, either play left and leave yourself
a  simple wedge to  the green, or go for it with 3-metal. The latter will need
to  split a pair  of traps on either side of the green. The putting surface is
quite  long and  undulating, with a ridge  in the center, sloping from back to
front. Stay below the hole for a birdie putt.

The view from the tee on the second hole is spectacular, as it sits well above
the  fairway.  Just a  406-yard  hole,  this  straightaway par  four  requires
accuracy  from the box,  not length. Just a three-metal will set you up with a
wedge  to a long, narrow and slick green. A 35-yard long trap guards the right
landing  area, while rough and wetlands protect both sides of the hole through
the  green. The  putting surface is very  tricky, as any shot just off line on
both  sides  will funnel down  into chipping areas.  The critical shot on this
hole is your tee ball.

The third hole is a links-style setting, featuring native grasses and numerous
sand  traps.  The fairway  is inviting, however  the key is  to avoid the half
dozen bunkers down the right side and one down the left side. The play is down
the  right, throwing caution to the wind and carrying the traps. This will set
up a short iron to a wide, but narrow green. The putting surface features many
slopes  with a  fronting trap  and  one deep.  A  back-left pin  can be  quite

Short  is  not always the  easiest, as  is the case  with the fourth. Just 357
yards  from the  tips, the fourth is  the shortest par four on the course, but
certainly  not a pushover. Tree and marsh-lined from tee to green, the fairway
is very tight with a pair of bunkers guarding the landing area on either side.
A  fairway metal should  be the play off the tee, as this will set up a little
wedge  to one of  the smallest greens on the course. Although a driver off the
tee  can get you  close the promised land, the fairway runs out the deeper you
go. The putting surface is well guarded with a 39-yard long bunker on the left
and one trap deep.

The  first par three  is the shortest at just 155 yards long with 140 yards of
that being carry over marsh and a pair of deep bunkers fronting the green. The
putting  surface is miniscule at just 24 paces deep with a hump in the center.
The green slopes hard from left to right and is very slick. Making par here is
an excellent score, despite having a short iron in your hands.

A  very  difficult par five,  the sixth  requires accuracy, length and brains.
Start off with a big drive down the left side, avoiding the lake on the right.
This  will allow for an iron or hybrid for your next shot, as you traverse the
wetlands that separate the fairway. Your second must be placed out towards the
right  side, as  the hole  dictates the  angle. There  are four  strategically
placed  traps guard the  left landing area, so stay clear. The approach to the
green  will  be with just  a wedge,  however the green  is just 29 paces deep,
angled  to the  left, shaped like a "T"  with two traps in the pits and slopes
from  back  to front. Stay  below the  hole and you  can make a simple birdie.
Missing  the fairway  at any time on  this hole will result in double-bogey or
worse, so proceed cautiously.

Unless  you hit your driver as far as Tiger Woods, you have nothing to fear on
the  seventh.  A meaty par  four of  449 yards and  devoid of trees, this hole
features  a  generous fairway  and a  decent size green.  So where's the beef?
Well,  the tee  shot must avoid the  six large fairway bunkers down the right,
not  to mention the  native grasses. A large lake from 145 yards in covers the
left side and fronts the putting surface. The green is 37 yards deep with four
traps behind the surface and to make matters worse, it's very undulating. Take
your par or bogey and move on.

Continuing with the British Isles feel, the eighth is the longest par three on
the course, stretching to a robust 218 yards from the black. Although the flag
is  in sight, the green is not, making club selection very difficult. The wind
can  really play havoc  on this hole, so it's not uncommon to have a five-iron
one day and fairway-metal the next. Just 26 paces deep, the putting surface is
very  wide and  slopes from front to  back with plenty of sand to catch errant

If you thought the last couple of holes were difficult, you ain't seen nothing
yet.  Standing  on the ninth  tee, the furthest  point from the clubhouse, the
player  has a couple of options. The hole features a split fairway as it bends
to  the right. Splitting the landing area is a pair of very deep traps, so one
could  play down the left to the wide fairway, but leaving a very long second.
Or,  bomb one down the right and avoiding eight, that's right, eight difficult
bunkers.  The problem  is that this hole,  like the last two, is wide open and
the  wind is usually  in your face, so hitting a 270-yard tee shot is unlikely
from  the tips.  A long-iron or fairway-metal will remain to the longest green
on  the  course, some 44 yards  in length with  a pair of bunkers covering the
left.  The bail out  area is to the right, but that's no bargain, as the rough
is  thick  and penal.  Here's an  idea, play short  of the  green in two, chip
within five feet and rely on your putter to make par.

Some  seem to think that the 10th hole is one of the easiest on the course and
on  paper it might seem that way, but be careful. A slight dogleg to the left,
this  par four is  short by today's standards at under 400 yards, but is tree-
lined to the right and left and has a forced carry over wetlands. On the right
side  of the  landing area  is a  deep, 40-yard  long bunker  and on  the left
another trap and tall trees guarding the dogleg. The play is to the right side
of  the  fairway with  a fairway-metal,  leaving just a  short-iron to a small
target.  The putting surface is elevated with two deep bunkers right and left.
Any shot short of the target will roll down back into the fairway. A back-left
pin could be a tough flag to get to.

Not  only is  the 11th the longest on  the course, it is truly one of the most
difficult  driving  holes at  Kaluhyat. A  massive 621 yards  from the tips, a
drive  of  some 230 yards is  needed just to  carry the wetlands and reach the
fairway.  Two traps guard  the left side of the fairway as the hole doglegs to
the left and trust me, they come into play. Trees flank both sides of the hole
through  the  green, so there  is no  margin for error.  Next up is the layup,
which  is a must,  as there is no way of getting home in two. Reason one, more
wetlands  start  at the 100-yard marker  and number two, the green is elevated
some  30 feet from  the fairway. Take an extra club or two, depending upon the
wind  for  your third. The  green slopes  hard from back  to front with a trap
guarding  prior to the surface starting 32 yards out. This is the first of two
of the hardest holes on the course, so be happy with par.

The  No. 1  handicap hole, the 12th is pretty straightforward from an elevated
tee  box.  Just rip  it down  the center  of the  tall, tree-lined fairway and
you'll  have a simple  second. Easier said than done. A mid- to long-iron will
remain  to a green blanketed by sand. Five bunkers cover the left-front of the
green  and one deep-right will make your play uncomfortable. The right side of
the  putting surface is the play, however when the pin is back, you'll have to
putt  over  a ridge to  get to the  flag. Oh, did I  mention that the green is
exposed to the elements, so an extra club or two will be needed.

A boomerang and a lake. That's what's in store on the par-five 13th. Measuring
558  yards  from the  tips, the  hole is shaped  like a  crescent to the right
featuring  a  lake on the right  side from 300  yards in. The fairway is quite
receptive off the tee, especially down the left, although three bunkers are in
reach down that side. Once again, favor the left with your layup, as the water
is  very much in  play. Your third shot, played with a little wedge, should be
able  to stick close  to the flag, but don't get cute. Play left of the pin to
take  the  water out  of play. Any  shot left  of the green  will collect in a
chipping area, better there than wet.

The  14th is  cut through the trees and  doglegs hard to the right. A carry of
200  yards  is required to  reach the fairway, as  you carry the wetlands. Two
bunkers  cover  the left  corner of  the landing  area and  will see plenty of
action,  as players  avoid the trouble on the right. The green is bunker-free,
however  a water  hazard runs the gambit  from 100 yards in on the right side.
The  putting surface  is multi-tiered and set  back in the trees. The green is
very long and could require an extra club or two depending upon pin placement.

The  first par three  on the back nine, the 15th is a dandy and all carry over
wetlands.  To  make matters worse,  the green is only  19 paces long and very,
very  narrow.  Talk about a  small target with  a mid-iron. Anything short and
left is in the hazard, so bail right and rely on the short game.

Talk  about  a hard tee  shot, the  16th is the  most difficult on the course.
First  of all, the  hole is 431 yards and plays downhill to the green. Second,
the  fairway narrows  to just a few steps  as the end of the fairway nears. So
the  problem is, that  if you hit driver, then you must be straight, otherwise
your shot will fall off the face of the earth into trees right and thick rough
and native grasses left. Luckily, there are no fairway bunkers, but there is a
cart  path down  the left  that is  in  play. Your  approach to  the green  is
downhill  to  the putting surface, which  sits precariously close to a pond on
the  right. Three  bunkers protect the front  and sides of this back to front,
slick green. If you make par here, you're better than most.

The  final  par three,  the 17th  is similar in  length to  the 15th, but much
different  in appearance.  The putting surface is very accessible with bunkers
left  and  deep, however right of  the green is  trouble, as it falls off hard
into  deep rough. The green has a ridge running in the middle and with a back-
right flag and a short approach, two-putting could be a chore.

The  home hole is  not the bear of a finisher that most courses conclude with,
but  it's  certainly not to be  taken for granted.  The fairway off the tee is
very generous, probably the widest on the course with only one fairway bunker,
some  300 yards out.  So green light with the driver. The key on 18 however is
the  second shot,  as the putting surface is slightly elevated, two-tiered and
bunker  laden. A mid- to short-iron should be enough to negotiate the V-shaped
green, but miss long and you'll have a difficult up and down for par.

OVERALL: As they say, "variety is the spice of life", and that is exactly what
you  get  at  Kaluhyat  Golf  Club. Tree-lined  fairways,  wide  open  spaces,
beautiful  bunkering, native grasses, undulating greens and dramatic elevation
changes,  is the norm at Kaluhyat. Did I forget to mention that this is one of
the  toughest golf courses  in New York? How about a slope of 146 and a rating
of 75.1! Only Bethpage Black is higher at 76.6.

Robert  Trent  Jones, Jr. has  done a masterful job  at creating a very unique
golf course. The term "shot-maker's" course certainly comes to mind. Accuracy,
length and most importantly, strategy are the keys to playing Kaluhyat.

Although  there are many carries and plenty of water, the course is set up for
all  types of players and is quite fair. Five sets of tees range from 5,293 to
7,105 yards, so even the golfers at the red markers are not overly stressed.

From  top  to bottom this  place is fantastic.  The clubhouse, which is shared
with the Shenandoah layout, is magnificent. The practice facility is top-notch
and on your way to the first tee, so no back-tracking. The course conditioning
is immaculate and the topography and design are first-rate.

I've  said  this before and I'll  say it again,  the Turning Stone Resort is a
great  golf  destination, one in  which I intend  to visit yearly. Three great
courses,  hospitable staff,  amazing food,  incredible entertainment,  a full-
service spa and the Lodge, well pristine and stylish. I'll see you next year.