PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y., home to three of the country’s premier public/resort courses, has been named as the site of the 49th PGA Professional National Championship in 2016, marking a return visit of the showcase event for PGA Professionals to Central New York. The 312-player Championship will be conducted June 26-29, 2016.
The Championship, previously hosted by Turning Stone Resort in 2006, will be contested on the Atunyote Golf Club and the Shenendoah Golf Club. Atunyote (pronounced “uh-DUNE-yo”), which will host the final 36 holes of the Championship, was the site of the former Turning Stone Resort Championship (2007-10) on the PGA Tour. Both courses have hosted former PGA Regional Professional and Section Championships. Turning Stone also boasts a third championship course, Kaluhyat Golf Club.
“We’re excited to be taking the PGA Professional National Championship back to Central New York and Turning Stone Resort, home to some of the finest public golf in the country,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “Turning Stone has built a tradition of hosting premier championships and we anticipate in 2016, our centennial year, we will have another memorable chapter written by our best playing PGA Professionals.”
Atunyote Golf Club, a Tom Fazio design that opened for play in 2004, was named after the Oneida word for “eagle.” The longest of Turning Stone Resort’s three championship courses, at 7,315 yards, Atunyote also is the site of the Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge.
“The Oneida Indian Nation and Turning Stone Resort are honored to host the 2016 PGA Professional National Championship on our award-winning Atunyote and Shenendoah courses, during the PGA’s 100th anniversary year,” said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO. “We look forward to showcasing our world-class destination resort and challenging courses for the PGA Professionals who will compete here for the 2016 Championship.”
Atunyote Golf Club was chosen by Golf Digest in 2012 as one of the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” and in 2011, “America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses.” Atunyote’s parkland setting features vast stretches of open space, gently rolling hills, a stream, small waterfalls and several lakes.
Designed by Rick Smith, the par-72 Shenendoah Golf Club opened in 2000 and earned a niche in the 2005-06 Golf Digest directory of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.” In 2010, it was among GOLF Magazine’s “Best Public Courses in New York State.” The course stretches to 7,215 yards from its Championship tees, and has been the site of past Metropolitan and Central New York PGA events. Shenendoah was crafted from a natural landscape to create wooded parkland holes, open pastures with native grasses, sweeping landscapes and deep wooded areas and also features several low-country holes.