Colonie Golf Course opens for season

After opening early last month with only 18 of its 36 holes playable, the Colonie Golf Course plans to fully open for the season this week, according to Colonie Golf Course Superintendent John Risler.

The course, which saw its first season in 1969, is located on the west side of Colonie, on Consaul Road. It is open to all residents and non-residents of the town, with residents receiving a discount.

According to PGA Head Professional Noel Gebauer, the golf course opened early this year, on Thursday, March 26, with nearly 80 golfers testing the grounds for the first time in 2009.

The weather and the course condition dictated we did have playable conditions, said Gebauer of opening day. However, only 18 holes of the 36 were playable on opening day due to the wetness of the grounds.

According to Risler, wet ground can affect the course and golfers for the extent of the season.

"When [golfers] are walking on the wet greens, they make a lot of footprints, and the greens stay bumpy all year long," Risler said. In the event that the greens do become bumpy, Risler said, agricultural practices have to be completed to restore the ground. While two greens with wet ground were not utilized until now, Risler said they could have come into good use a few times so far this season.

"We've had, probably, three big days, busy days this spring, where it would have been nice to have those two nines open," he said.

But, at the same time, Risler said he, and other employees at the golf course, are lucky that the ice storm that took place last December did not do significant damage to the greens.

"We lost a little bit of turf here and there," he said, adding that the damage could have been a lot worse.

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