February 15, 2005
Golden Horseshoe Legend Del Snyder honored by Golf Magazine "Top Teachers" List
He turns 72 this year, but Del Snyder is still at the top of his game – which is teaching golf.
Snyder, the celebrated “ambassador of golf” at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, has been honored by GOLF Magazine among the “Top Teachers” in the country for 2005-2006. A member of the PGA of America since 1966 who has taught golf to people from all walks of life, Snyder is on the list of leading instructors in the Mid-Atlantic region (covering Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia).
“It’s always nice to be honored – I guess it means you have been successful,” notes the kindly, soft-spoken Snyder, now in his 30th year at Colonial Williamsburg’s award-winning 36-hole facility. “As teachers, we sort of help promote the game and keep it going. We’re just building golf.”
Snyder, a native of Bath County in the Virginia mountains, learned many of the basics of golf while working as an assistant at West Virginia’s Greenbrier Hotel under the legendary Sam Snead.
“Sam told me one time, ‘I think a good teacher should be a good player, and you are just that – a teacher and a player,” Snyder reflected. “That meant a lot to me.”
A top competitor in the Mid-Atlantic PGA Section for many years, Snyder won the section championship in 1984 at age 50.
Snyder continues to give lessons by the hour – a time frame he has found fits perfectly into what students need to accomplish each time.
“I like to have a little extra time to get the message across, to make sure I get through each time,” Snyder said of working with his students. “And 30 minutes isn’t enough time. You don’t want to cut it short.”
Snyder is still on the lesson tee almost every day, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“The key to a good golf instructor is having many ways to get a method understood,” Snyder said. “If a person does not understand the first time, you have to change the way to say things until you find a way for them to understand. You need to know many ways to say things.”
Obviously, Del Snyder still knows how to say the right things.
For more information about the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club and Colonial Williamsburg, call (800) HISTORY or visit www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com or www.GoldenHorseshoeGolf.com.