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Golf Lessons

Golf lessons are provided by a variety of PGA Professionals who utilize our facilities.   Instruction is provided at the Town of Colonie Golf Course in a variety of settings including the multi-use practice range, a large practice green with a variety of slopes, and a beautiful 36 hole championship golf course which can be utilized for playing lessons.  Information and appointments can be obtained by contacting the instructors directly.  A few PGA instructors who are regulars on our range include: 

Tim Podeswa, PGA-                18 Year PGA Member, 641-8870,

Matt Bogdanowicz, PGA-        2005 Methodist University PGA/PGM Graduate

Noel Gebauer, PGA-               2009 NENYPGA Golf Professional of the Year
                                                2003 NENYPGA Teacher of the Year


The Golf Shop at the Town of Colonie Golf Course

The Golf Shop at the Town of Colonie Golf Course is a golf shop providing many golf products and services to men and women of all ages and handicap levels.  Many brands of golf merchandise are offered at a range of prices to fit every golfer’s needs. 

USGA Handicapping

Any golfer may sign up to have their official USGA Handicap kept at the Golf Shop.  A computer terminal in the shop gives golfers the ability to post their scores to the internationally recognized USGA GHIN system.  By signing up at the Golf Shop, a golfer will receive a USGA GHIN number which will allow them to post scores directly from any golf shop which is connected to the system.  Handicaps are updated every two weeks by the USGA, and cards may be printed out in the Golf Shop.  Players’ handicaps can also be accessed through  The 2013 fee for annual membership is $20 per player.


Staff Bios:

Noel Gebauer- PGA Head Professional

Noel Gebauer- PGA Head Professional

Noel Gebauer has returned to the Town of Colonie Golf Course in 2007 after thirteen years serving Capital Region golfers at three different area clubs. Following Noel's three years as Assistant Professional at the Town of Colonie Golf Course , he served as Assistant Professional at Western Turnpike Golf Course is Guilderland and Schulyer Meadows Club in Loudonville before being named the Head Professional at Normanside Country Club in Delmar in 2004. Many regulars at the Town of Colonie Golf Course may remember Noel as a shop attendant at the course during the years he was finishing up at Colonie High School (Class of '88) and attending the School of Business at the University at Albany (Class of '93).

Noel gained Class A membership in the PGA of America in 1996. He followed that up with a few Section Awards, being named the Northeastern New York PGA Teacher of the Year in 2003 and winning the NENYPGA's Horton Smith Award in both 2004 and 2005. Noel was also named one of America 's Top Teachers in 2005 by Golf Magazine and most recently was selected as the 2009 NENYPGA Golf Professional of the Year by his peers. Noel has also found time to serve on the NENYPGA Board of Directors since 2001 and was elected President of the Section in 2006. He is married to wife Betty and has three children; Max, Emma, and Haley.


Noel’s Tip of the Month

April/May 2015

Golf Swings vs. Baseball/Softball Swings

As I spend time this Spring watching my son and daughters play baseball and softball, I will inevitably hear parents of the competing boys and girls tell me that they would love to get their child playing golf but they are afraid that learning the golf swing will negatively affect their swings in the other sports.  Unfortunately this myth keeps many kids from beginning to play golf at a young age and it could not be further from the truth.
When learned properly, the golf swing actually shares many of the same fundamentals with the baseball/softball swing.  The sequence of a powerful swing is the same whether you are swinging a bat or a club.  The hip turn, steady head and eyes, leading hands and release are all crucial to swinging both, not to mention the similar concept of hitting the ball with a slightly descending blow to spin the ball up into the air.  There of course are a few differences, such as the step with the leading foot, the weight shift and also the swing plane.  These are minor adjustments that can be made easily between the two swings and should not be seen as detrimental to each other.   The hand/eye coordination required to perform both “hits” is beneficial practice at all times, making the baseball/softball swing good for golf swing development and vice versa. 

To summarize, if your child has an interest in playing golf this Spring, whether it is as a beginner or as an experienced player, DO NOT have them wait till the end of the baseball and softball season to get them to the range or the course.  Success and fun in these sports can exist simultaneously.   Now as far as trying to find the time to fit golf in around your kids other sports, that is another issue we will all struggle with until they add a few more hours to the day.


Town of Colonie Golf Course / 418 Consaul Road, Schenectady, NY 12304 / 518-374-4181