Turning Stone’s first course is generally ranked lower than its younger sibling, but I found it more interesting than Atunyote. The green complexes are more challenging with the kind of contours I find most enjoyable. Moreover, the player is confronted with a plethora of strategic challenges, both on the tee shot as well as on the second shot on the par 5s—an area where architects sometimes go to sleep. Conditioning was good in May 2021, playing firmer than Atunyote. I prefer the option of hitting either a running or an aerial approach and Shenandoah had eleven of these—twice as many as Atunyote. Shenandoah is a harder walk, but still my favorite Turning Stone course.
Date: May 23, 2021