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

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

Allison Davey
Golf Professional

C  (860) 655-4522
W (860) 646-3437

Allison has been a golf professional for over 22 years. She’s worked at many top facilities all over the Connecticut, including Willowbrook Golf Course, Tumblebrook C.C., Wampanog C.C., and Wethersfield C.C. Allison will be part of the Pro Shop staff working with leagues, tournaments and club fittings. Her dedication and passion for the game makes her a valuable addition to the Tallwood family.

Allison brings knowledge of tournament operation and league organizational skills to the next level. Her friendly demeanor and knowledge of the game provides the skills needed to bring Tallwood C.C. to the top of the golf industry in Connecticut.

Allison is a past College player who captained the Central Connecticut University golf team. Allison has taught the game of golf for many years and is a diverse instructor working with players of all abilities. We all look forward to Allison working with Eric and Nicole as we continue to expand and grow the instructional programs offered at Tallwood.