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Colonie is on the tee

Risler explained the process that is involved in preparing the greens for the golf season.

"What we typically like to do is we typically like to mow the grass at least twice a week to stimulate the grass," he said.

According to Risler, typically, grass seeds are not planted in the spring at the golf course and instead, the bare areas, if there are any, are nursed back until the time comes to plant the seeds when the weather is warmer.

"But fortunately, we didn't have to do any of that on the greens anyways, and a lot of that is what we do in the fall to get the grass to go to sleep in the winter," he said.

On average, Gebauer said the golf course tends to be open from the first week or two in April until around Thanksgiving.

This year, Gebauer was named Golf Pro of the Year by the Northeastern New York PGA.

"It is the most prestigious award that we can receive," Gebauer said of his award.

"We are the busiest golf course in upstate New York,' Gebauer said. "That's actually a fact based off of the rounds that we do. We did 70,000 rounds of golf last year and I cannot find anyone in upstate New York that's done that many."

Gebauer also said that all four of the course's greens are of championship level difficulty.

The golf course hosts about 80 tournaments a year, of varying size, the biggest being a 280-person tournament of the New York State Tax Department, which competes annually.

Also located within the golf course is ChipShots Sports Bar, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For more information about the Colonie Golf Course, including rates and tee times, visit the course's Web site at www.colonie.org/parks/golf.

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