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Down the Fairway: Cobleskill course celebrating 90 years with two big events

Down the Fairway: Cobleskill course celebrating 90 years with two big events

A longest drive contest was held when the course opened in 1929, with the winning shot traveling 210 yards
Down the Fairway: Cobleskill course celebrating 90 years with two big events
Connor McCarthy finished second in the Schoharie Amateur Open at Cobleskill Golf and Country Club last season.
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Cobleskill Golf & Country Club is celebrating its 90th anniversary this season, and if you have ever played this picturesque layout, you know it’s always worth the short trip.

Rolling hills, just enough water hazards to get your nerves tingling and plenty of challenging approach shots make this Schoharie County course a must for Capital Region players of various abilities.

Two major events will be part of Cobleskill G&CC’s anniversary celebration, and the first is just a couple weeks away. The second annual Schoharie County Amateur Open will be contested July 27. It will be 18 holes of individual stroke play with no handicap.

“This is truly an open tournament. All amateur golfers are welcome, regardless of where they live,” said Bob Smith, the CGCC vice president and membership chairman. “All scoring will be based on gross score. Handicaps will not be required, and no prizes will be awarded for net scores.”

The championship flight will play from the back tees. There will be a flight played from the white tees, a men’s senior flight (age 65 and older) from the silver tees and a women’s flight. Prizes and trophies will be awarded in each flight. A minimum of six players per flight is required.

A year ago, CBA graduate and current The College of Saint Rose standout Kyle Adams edged Cobleskill native Connor McCarthy by one stroke in the championship flight.

Entry fee for non-members of the club is $48 and includes golf, riding cart and prizes. Call 518-234-4045 for more information and registration.

Meanwhile, the other major event scheduled this summer at CGCC is its 90th anniversary long drive contest on Aug. 31. In August of 1929, as part of the grand opening of the then nine-hole club, there was a long drive contest, with the winner driving a ball 210 yards and 2 feet.

I’d love to see how long the modern longest drive will be.


What a difference a couple of weeks can make in the way Capital Region golf courses are handling the weather.

After an incredibly wet spring and early summer, we’ve had several weeks of outstanding weather – hot (80s and 90s) without much rain at all.

But everything comes with a price. Several area courses are no longer providing free water on the course. Make sure to bring plenty of water with you, or you can purchase it at the local clubs’ pro shop or restaurant. Drink plenty of fluids during your round. Heat exhaustion, and the more severe heat stroke, is real, and can hit suddenly. If you experience nausea, dizziness, headache, excessive thirst, weakness or excessive sweating, get help immediately.

Let’s be careful out there.


Bob Cantine shot his age with a 1-over-par 72 at Rolling Hills at Antlers Country Club.

Western Turnpike Golf Club hosts the next Eastern New York Golf Association event on Wednesday.

Isabella Diaz of Ballston Spa Country Club was the only Capital Region representative to make the cut at the 90th New York State Women’s Amateur Championship last week at Lancaster Country Club. She shot a 26-over-par total of 245 to finish 13th. Laura Rentz of Olde Kinderhook and Emma VanDeCar of The Edison Club missed the cut.

Local club pros will compete in the Pro Classic No. 4 at Lake Placid Club on Monday.

Pinehaven Country Club hosts the next NYSGA Amateur Series event on Monday.

Local women have a pair of events this week in preparation for the upcoming Northeastern Women’s Golf Association Championship July 22-23 at McGregor Links CC. They will play the Canajoharie Invitational at Canajoharie CC on Monday, and the Strockbridge Invitational at Stockbridge GC in Massachusetts on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Catskill Classic for local amateur men is set for Friday and Saturday at Catskill Golf Club.

The second annual Stand Up & Play Foundation's 9-hole scramble, to benefit disabled veterans and first responders of the Capital District, will be held July 22 at Fairways of Halfmoon. For more information, contact Mark Boucher at [email protected].


Earl Welshhaus recorded his second hole-in-one in seven days when he aced the 146-yard 11th hole with a 6-iron at Pioneer Hills Golf Course.

At Stadium Golf Club, Tom Grant used a 5-iron for his hole-in-one on the 160-yard 15th hole.

Tom McLaughlin aced the 100-yard 15th hole with a wedge at Mechanicville Golf Club.


Don Zarecki eagled the 10th hole at Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course.

Tom Christoffel eagled the 17th hole at Mohawk River Golf course with a driver and a gap wedge.

Reach Bob Weiner at [email protected] or @BobWeiner58 on Twitter.

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