December 08, 2010
Just weeks after completing its inaugural season of play, Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course is already earning national recognition.
The Robert Trent Jones II-designed par-72 championship layout was listed at number six on the list of Best New Courses in America by GOLF Magazine. Seneca Hickory Stick, which was developed by Seneca Gaming Corporation and opened for play on July 2, was the only course located in New York State and one of only four courses from the east coast to make the list.
"The recognition from the golf community shows that Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course is quickly gaining a place among the elite golf courses in the northeast and across the country, which was our goal when we set out to develop the course," said Kevin W. Seneca, Chairman, Seneca Gaming Corporation. "By partnering with outstanding companies like RTJ2 Golf and KemperSports, we have created a golf destination that is unmatched in our market and reflects the standard of quality that is synonymous with Seneca Gaming Corporation."
Located on approximately 250 acres of land, Seneca Hickory Stick features manicured landscapes surrounded by stunning lakes and ponds that weave through native vegetation, wetlands and open meadows. The course, which was named for the rare Shellbark Hickory trees on site, is owned by the Seneca Nation of Indians and managed by KemperSports.
"This is truly a people's golf course," said Bruce Charleton from RTJ2 Golf, who led the course design along with Robert Trent Jones, Jr. "From its public nature to its fair yet challenging layout, Seneca Hickory Stick presents what every golfer is looking for – a memorable golf experience that you will appreciate and want to enjoy more than once."
Including Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course, KemperSports Management is involved in four courses on the GOLF Magazine list.
"We are very fortunate to have opened a quartet of fabulous golf courses for our clients this year," said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. "Each of these projects is unique and well-deserving of this honor."
GOLF Magazine used a panel of raters to determine the list of the Top 10 New Public Golf Courses. The entire list is available in the magazine's January 2011 issue and on-line at www.golf.com.
As Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course heads into the off-season, the course team, led by general manager Fran Roach and course superintendent Gerry Doolittle, will be focusing on the continued maturation of the course and the final preparations for the opening of the new clubhouse, which will coincide with the start of the 2011 golf season.
"We started and finished our first season with a golf course that was in remarkable shape," said Roach. "Golfers are in store for an even greater experience at Seneca Hickory Stick in 2011."
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