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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, timpodeswa@hotmail.com

Matt Bogdanowicz, PGA-        2005 Methodist University PGA/PGM Graduate
                                                mattbogs@msn.com

Noel Gebauer, PGA-               2009 NENYPGA Golf Professional of the Year
                                                2003 NENYPGA Teacher of the Year
                                                ngebauer@pga.com     

 

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 ghin.com.  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
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April/May

Tips for Playing Golf in the Cold Weather

As we begin to venture out onto the golf course for the first rounds of 2014, it is inevitable that we will run into some cold weather during the months of April and May.  Here are a few things you can do to improve your scores when the mercury dips:

  • Remember to take more club: Colder air (under 50 degrees) will reduce the distance on your shots by 10 percent or more.  Make the adjustment in your club selection to avoid coming up short with your approaches.
  • Insist on walking instead of riding: Walking the course will keep your blood flowing so you stay warm.  If you have to ride, bring a heavy coat to either wear or use as a blanket while riding in the cart.
  • Invest in a pair of cart gloves:  They are great because you can slip them on and off over the top of your golf gloves.  They are also big enough to place a hand warmer inside to keep your hands toasty.
  • Wear a ski cap: You lose most of your body heat through your head.  Wearing a ski cap, and making sure it is over your ears, will allow you to keep warmer longer. 
  • Enjoy the challenge:  The best “bad weather” player of all time was 5-time British Open Champion Tom Watson.  He enjoyed playing in the cold and rain as he considered it an extra challenge.  In competitive situations, if you can convince yourself that the cold does not bother you, it will be a distinct advantage over a player who is aggravated by it or one who did not prepare properly.

Although we would all love to be playing golf in the sunshine and warm weather, cold weather golf is a reality during the Spring months in Upstate New York.  The better we prepare for it, the better we will play and the more enjoyment we will find in our early season rounds.

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