Turning Stone Casino and Golf Resort

I spent this past weekend at Turning Stone Casino and Golf resort in Verona, NY with my youngest son TJ (27). He gave this trip to me as an incentive to recover from my chemo therapy. We stayed at the “Lodge” at Turning Stone, which is situated adjacent to their Golf Clubhouse. The Lodge is a 4-star property with all suites. Our suite was very spacious with a separate living room and a large bathroom. Several suites have large patios with hot tubs. Service in the Lodge is outstanding as they try and accommodate all your needs and wants. The also have an outstanding restaurant on premises called Wildflowers!
Golf at Turning Stone is destination worthy! They have 3 PGA Tour quality layouts…Atunyote, their top ranked course has hosted many PGA Tour events , US Open Qualifiers, Nike Tour and LPGA contests. Kaluhyat, their most difficult course, is a very tight layout that leaves the clubhouse and doesn’t return until the closing hole. Shenandoah, is a links style course with holes separated by tall fescue grasses. Each course offers unique challenges and as a group offer an exciting and diverse golf experience for anyone looking to get away for a buddy’s golf trip, or family golf event etc. Each course is meticulously maintained and offers tees from 5800 yds to over 7300 yds…great challenges for even the lowest or highest handicaps!
As far as Casino gambling goes, Turning Stone offers a complete range of games of chance. I personally would rather spend my money on the golf course than in the casino but I don’t judge others who find the thrill of money won sweeter than money earned! The main casino complex and tower also house various entertainment venues, night clubs and 16 restaurants of varying quality and expense. We ate one night at Pino’s Italian and one night at Peach Blossom (think PF Changs!) Both were very good and reasonable…but neither compared to the gourmet offerings we experienced at Wildflower in the Lodge!
The main enjoyment however was the time I got to spend with my son, TJ! It was great being able to have hours of conversation during the rides up and back ( about 4.5 hours from NYC…Turning Stone is located just off exit 133 on the NY Thruway between Utica and Syracuse). We solved all the worlds problems, discussed life, love, careers, and especially golf! We played 5 rounds of Golf in 4 days…including a pair of 75’s (his lowest rounds ever) for TJ. I didn’t play very well averaging around 95 but I’m still in the Cancer recovery mode and not quite back to normal yet. As life moves on and your kids grow up it becomes harder and harder to carve time out of their schedules to really have any meaningful time together. I’m so lucky that with his busy work schedule, live in girlfriend and full-time social life that TJ wanted to spend this time with me! That’s the best present that any parent could wish for!

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