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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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June/July

As we move through the hottest days of the Summer, I would like to take this opportunity to talk about a common struggle many golfers experience during their rounds and also present a possible remedy to the issue.  Many golfers come to me looking to improve their fairway wood play.  These players come with a good swing and are consistent with their driver as well as their hybrids and irons.  The fairway wood struck off the ground is what they need work on.

What I often find is that the player having fairway wood issues will struggle with their 3-wood but hit their 5-wood decently.  They feel a need to hit the 3-wood from the fairway believing the added distance will help their game.  Interestingly enough, when many players examine how far their 3-wood travels compared to their 5-wood, they find that the 5-wood will travel as far if not FARTHER that the 3-wood when hit off the ground.  The reason for this is that the 3 wood does not have enough loft to maximize carry distance for many players when hitting off “the deck”.  This means the 5-wood will often carry farther and even finish farther down the fairway for many players.

The lesson to be learned here is to not frustrate yourself trying to hit the 3-wood off of the ground if you are one of the many players who will hit the 5-wood longer anyway.  Take both clubs to the range and find out your distances.  The 5-wood could soon become your “go to” club off of the ground.  

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