Kaluhyat Golf Club at Turning Stone

Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

The Takeaway:  Penal, and often unforgiving, Kaluhyat demands accuracy every step of the way as the marshlands that frame every hole are quick to provide a permanent resting place to balls curving off line. The most difficult of the three courses at Turning Stone, Kaluhyat's target golf style requires numerous forced carries, a half dozen golf balls, and your 'A' game to tame.   Grade B-

Quick Facts

Designer:  Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 2003

Cost:  $60.00 - $150.00 Click for current rates

Course Website:  Kaluhyat's official website    Phone Number:  (877) 748-4653

Directions:  Get here! - 5218 Patrick Rd., Verona, NY 13478

Signature Hole:  16th - 431 Yard Par 4 - A blind tee shot awaits on the signature 16th hole that features a downhill drive to a fairway that tightens the further your tee shot fly. A ravine cuts through the hole 315 yards from the tips and must be carried on the approach shot to a green surrounded by a trio of bunkers. With trees and wetland grasses lining both sides of the hole, there is little forgiveness offered anywhere along the way.

16th Hole at Kaluhyat Golf Club (431 Yard Par 4)
16th Hole at Kaluhyat Golf Club (431 Yard Par 4)

Photos:  See additional photos of Kaluhyat

Accolades:  Ranked 19th in New York on Golf Course Gurus' Best in State rankings.

What to Expect:  Kaluhyat (pronounced "ga-LU-ya") is a demanding course carved through marshland that requires your full attention from the opening tee shot to the final putt. One of the three 18 hole courses at the Turning Stone Resort, Kaluhyat opened in 2003 under the direction of Robert Trent Jones Jr. The course features a variety of elevation changes with the largest being 50 feet. A half dozen lakes are found throughout the routing which adds difficulty and esthetics to the course. The turf conditions are kept in good shape and the greens roll well which is something everyone will appreciate. While the course features plenty of length, it is accuracy you'll need to navigate this course for any chance of scoring well or using the same ball throughout the round. Featuring the highest slope rating of the three courses at Turning Stone, Kaluhyat plays at least a couple of strokes harder than either of the other tracks mainly because of the lost ball factor when you leave the fairway and forced carries off the tee. With the resort's desired pace of play at 4 hours and 45 minutes, you'll want to schedule about six hours between tee times to accommodate time to eat lunch.

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Black 72 7105 75.5 150
Blue 72 6724 73.3 142
White 72 6183 70.9 132
Gold 72 5690 69.3 120
Red (Women) 72 5293 71.7 134


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  15th - 172 Yards - Another carry over grassland is required at the final one-shotter found at Kaluhyat. The isolated surroundings and lone bunker create little distraction for the player and thus an optimal opportunity to concentrate on the task at hand; hitting the green. The forward tee box offers a straight shot at the green without a forced carry.

15th Hole at Kaluhyat Golf Club (172 Yard Par 3)
15th Hole at Kaluhyat Golf Club (172 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  18th - 401 Yards - The closing hole at Kaluhyat offers an aiming bunker 300 yards straight ahead. Anything short of that bunker will offer a good look at the heavily protected green that is raised up and undulated. A more forgiving fairway than most at the course, the 18th gives players a final opportunity to cut loose on a driver and set themselves up for a good score to go home on.

18th Hole at Kaluhyat Golf Club (401 Yard Par 4)
18th Hole at Kaluhyat Golf Club (401 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  13th - 558 Yards - Named "Big Water" due to the large pond that the fairway bends right around, the 13th provides a risk/reward scenario to consider. The closer your tee shot plays to the water the shorter the distance to the green will be but you'll have more water to contend with on the approach shot as well. Players looking to bail out on their drive or approach by favoring the left side will have seven bunkers to contend with along the way. It is a timeless design where the more trouble you are willing to challenge, the greater the reward if you are successful.

13th Hole at Kaluhyat Golf Club (558 Yard Par 5)
13th Hole at Kaluhyat Golf Club (558 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  5th - 155 Yard Par 3 - Although it is a forced carry the entire way to the green, the distance of this hole is short enough that every player should be brimming with confidence while standing on the tee box. With a perfect lie and plenty of surrounding trees knocking down any wind that may be present, take dead aim at the flag and give yourself a chance to roll in a putt on one of the easier greens to roll the rock on.

5th Hole at Kaluhyat Golf Club (155 Yard Par 3)
5th Hole at Kaluhyat Golf Club (155 Yard Par 3)

Bogey Beware:  11th - 621 Yard Par 5 - This is a lot of yardage to cover, especially in surroundings like Kaluhyat where trouble lurks throughout. First, you'll need to carry the two fairway bunkers on the left side of center which will requires flying the ball 250 yards. From there the fairway bends left and tightens in a neck where trees and bunkering squeeze the playable area. A wetlands area bisects the fairway 120 yards from the green so players will have to decide whether to challenge it with their second or third shot. Finally the 26 yard deep green awaits with a gentle slope across the putting surface which can be difficult to property judge with the flat stick. Patience is the key on this hole, so don't be a hero and see if you can manage something better than a bogey.

11th Hole at Kaluhyat Golf Club (621 Yard Par 5)
11th Hole at Kaluhyat Golf Club (621 Yard Par 5)

Approach on the 11th Hole at Kaluhyat Golf Club (621 Yard Par 5)
Approach on the 11th Hole at Kaluhyat Golf Club (621 Yard Par 5)