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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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WINTER ‘14/’15

 Winter and Your Golf

Every year it is a challenge here in the Northeast to keep sharp during the winter months, as the weather puts a halt on our playing and practicing routines.  There are a few things you can do to help your game during the frigid months, even if you do not spend all winter down South.

  • Hitting Into a Net- Many players will buy a net or find a facility with a net where they can practice their swing when the snow is on the ground.  If you are one of those players, please remember to have a specific focus for your practice into the net.  Just swinging and hitting shots into a net is not productive and can do more damage than good.  To make this time productive, have a goal in mind such as improving your balance, impact position, or clubface position.  These goals do not require ball flight to be seen and therefore will improve your swing over the winter months.  When you get back outside as the weather warms, you may have to adjust grip or ball position to get your improved swing to hit the ball accurately. Therefore expect a small adjustment period even after a good winter practice schedule.

 

  • Hitting Outdoors- It is a good idea to take any chance you can get to hit the ball outdoors to see ball flight.  This will make the adjustment period shorter once the Spring arrives.  There are ranges with heated stalls around town which can be quite warm when the temperature climbs over 30 degrees.  Because our swings tend to react to ball flight, outdoor practice is much more beneficial in the long run compared to hitting into a net.
  • Short Game- The last piece to return to form in the spring is your short game.  Any chance you can putt or chip during the winter months will help the re-development of “feel”.  Putting on a rug indoors or chipping off of an old piece of carpet helps keep the short game sharp.  Focus on distance control during putting practice to benefit your play on the greens. Chipping can be improved by hitting chip shots into baskets or at targets.  Even practicing the shortest chip shots will get you to the course in the spring with better skills around the greens.  

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