To be your best, you must learn from the professionals that are the best. Tallwood Country Club instructors have been trained and tested in all aspects of the game. We strive to give support, encourage growth through learning, respect and inspire students to reach their full potential both on and off the course.

Please visit to view instructional opportunities at Tallwood Country Club:… Adult Clinics, Beginner Clinics, Women’s Golf Academies, Junior Golf Academies, PGA Jr League, Beginner Golf League, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, and Pee Wee Pros.

To schedule a private lesson:

Nicole Damarjian: website – Schedule Lesson Online Cell: 860-334-2080

Zac Stennett: Cell: 860-367-3449

Eric DeStefano: Cell: 860- 508-9365

To learn more about specific instructional programs, click the buttons below to be redirected to more information and registration forms.

Nicole Damarjian, PhD
LPGA Director of Instruction
Class A Member
(860) 334-2080

I played collegiate golf at Furman University.  During this time, I noticed a difference between how I played in practice versus how I played in tournaments.  Typically, I would leave my best game on the driving range.  Frustrated, but not defeated, I began to explore the field of sport psychology.  Curious by nature, I decided to pursue a graduate degree in sport and exercise science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).  I had the good fortune to work as a research assistant for Dr. Debbie Crews, an internationally renowned researcher in the neuroscience of golf.  As a member herself, Dr. Crews encouraged me to join the LPGA.  Once a member of the LPGA, I found my niche.  I was surrounded by enthusiastic individuals who devoted their energy to discovering how best to teach and grow the game of golf for all people.  I continued my graduate studies at UNCG under the mentorship of Drs. Dan Gould and Robert Christina with a focus on golf instruction.  In 1997, I completed my PhD in Sport and Exercise Science, specializing in sport psychology and motor learning.

For the past 20+ years I have devoted my professional energies to what I love best…teaching.  Most of my year is spent teaching and coaching golf to people of all ages and skill levels.  In the off season, I am an adjunct professor at Eastern Connecticut State University where I teach Peak Performance for Life Through Sport and Health and Wellness.  My students both on and off the golf course are a constant source of inspiration.   I continue to pursue new and innovative approaches to best serve my students and honor their trust.  I have completed certifications in TPI Level II Golf, OPTI Golf, and the Positive Coaching Alliance.  In the spirit of giving back, I serve as an instructor in the LPGAs Global Education Teacher Training program, serve as the National Chair of the LPGA Master Professional Thesis Committee, and serve as a member of the LPGAs National Education Committee where I help design the curriculum for Apprentice and Class B members.

Eric DeStefano
Director of Golf

C  (860) 508-9365
W (860) 646-3437

Eric has been teaching golf for over 25 years. He’s the owner of the Golf Factory which specializes in club fitting, re-shafting and re-gripping clubs. He teaches golf history, golf fitness, and loves rules and etiquette classes. In addition to his commitment to Tallwood Country Club and formerly Twin Hills, he also runs a successful junior program each year and loves working at the Tallwood Junior golf camps. Eric’s passion for the game extends into his tournament planning and success with all of Tallwood Country Club golf leagues. He enjoys mountain biking with his dog Scout and has a passion for cooking and fine food.

Eric’s love and passion for the game exudes in his success as a Golf Professional. Everyday and every challenge is something to look forward to.


  • MCC / Hotel – Restaurant, Culinary Arts Degree
  • ECSU – Sports Management Degree
  • Mentored by Ted Wagner and John Nowobilski
  • Former 20 year coach of Rockville High School Golf Team, worked with the UCONN Golf Team and former coach of the ECSU Women’s Volleyball Team
  • Worked at Twin Hills for 35 years
  • Owner and operator of the Golf Factory in both CT and FL
Zac Stennett PGA
Head Golf Professional
Class A Member
C  (860) 367-3449
W (860) 646-3437

Zac Stennett originated from Colchester, CT.  He played baseball for ECSU and the University of Bridgeport, graduating with a BS in Marketing. After working in the corporate world for several years, he discovered his true passion was golf. In 2012 Zac joined the Tallwood Pro Shop Staff to learn more about the golf profession. In 2013 John Nowobilski named him the First Assistant Golf Professional at Tallwood. Eager to build his skill set, Zac enrolled in the PGA’s Professional Golf Management Program. In May of 2017, he earned his PGA Class A Card.

Zac was named the Head Golf Professional at Tallwood Country Club in 2018 following Nowobilski’s retirement. He brings a great deal of excitement, enthusiasm and passion to his teaching and playing of the game. He specializes in teaching effective speed and power in the swing. He is also Eyeline Golf Certified as a putting instructor. His drive comes from being a performance coach for young men and women helping them achieve their personal golf goals. In addition to teaching, a huge passion of Zac’s is competing in tournaments. Zac was a three time CT PGA Assistant Player of the year runner up. He made the Julius Boros team in his first year of eligibility in 2017. That tournament pairs up the top CT PGA professional vs the top CT Amateurs. He has won 13 Professional events.

Zac still resides in Colchester, CT with his son Luke (12). You will frequently find father and son at Tallwood playing, practicing and having fun. In addition to golf, Zac is a massive sports fan. His favorite sports teams are: the Philadelphia Eagles (Super bowl Champs!!), the Boston Red Sox, and the UConn Huskies. He also loves watching professional golf.  His favorite golfers include Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler, his favorite golf tournament is The Masters.