Local boy and seven-time Tour winner Joey Sindelar was once blunt about the quality of golf in upstate New York: “We don’t do a lot of spectacular new courses in this part of the world.” He might have reconsidered that opinion since the 2004 opening of Atunyote at Turning Stone, an Oneida Indian Nation property 30 miles east of Syracuse.
Ranked No. 61 on our Top 100 Courses You Can Play, Atunyote is a Tom Fazio design that is resort-friendly wide but has a fistful of liquid hazards that thwart wayward hitters, notably the streams at the par-3 11th and par-4 14th. And while Atunyote is the Oneida word for “eagle,” don’t look for many of those at the tough, lake-guarded par-5 18th. Save your risk-taking for the resort’s casino, two-and-a-half miles from the clubhouse.