Hard to believe, but in just eight years the Oneida Indian Nation has transformed its Turning Stone Resort & Casino in sleepy Verona, N.Y., into the Empire State’s largest golf resort. Located midway between Albany and Syracuse, the complex that started with two nine-hole courses is now a 90-hole resort destination that’s surprisingly accessible from New York City.
As part of last 2004’s $310 million expansion, the resort grew to include the Lodge at Turning Stone, a 98-suite luxury boutique hotel, and the Tom Fazio-designed Atunyote course. Atunyote (the Oneida word for eagle) measures more than 7,400 yards and almost immediately became the resort’s crown jewel. Other additions included a 19-story hotel, spa, performing arts center and an enclosed winter garden atrium complete with waterfalls and palm trees. The resort’s restaurant tally now stands at more than 20.
In response to Upstate New York’s notoriously bone- chilling winters, Turning Stone features a weatherproof Golf Dome. The dome houses 24 practice stations, with mats designed to replicate real grass, as well as a complete short-game practice area. The Golf Academy at Turning Stone is housed in the dome and offers a full-service golf school, as well as virtual golf simulators for off-season play.
With more than 5,000 remaining undeveloped acres, it’s unlikely Turning Stone is anywhere near completion. Call (800) 771-7711 or visit www.turningstone.com.