Now that fall is fully here, many Hartford area golf courses--and courses all across the northeast, for that matter, have engaged in the annual ritual of lowering their rates in order to entice players to put on their sweaters and play some late-season golf.
Many courses easily accessible to Hartford area golfers are lowering their greens fees as the weather cools and the days shorten. Bloomfield's Wintonbury Hills Golf Course (which I wrote about in more detail here) has dropped their weekend greens fee for out-of-towners to $59 ($49 after noon) from a normal summer high of $79. Another one of Connecticut's finest daily-fee courses, Oxford Greens Golf Club, has dropped their weekend morning rate to $65 for the fall. Both courses at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield drop their rates to a maximum of around $50 starting in October as well.
Fall is a great time to get some bang for your buck on golf courses, especially the higher-end ones that are on the pricey side during peak times of the year. For example, the North Course at Lake of Isles down in North Stonington charges between $169 and $199 per person for a round during the warmest months but as of October 18, the greens fee range drops to $119 for the rest of October ant once November hits, the rate is $99. Now, this is still by no means particularly cheap, but a golfer who gambles a bit (Lake of Isles is tied to Foxwoods Resort and Casino, after all) on the weather that time of year, one could very well get lucky and be able to enjoy a sunny, warm round of fall golf for half off the maximum rate. Fox Hopyard Golf Club in East Haddam (read my review here), which charges up to $104 for a round in the summer, knocks $25 of all greens fee rates starting every October 11 and bumps the discount up to $50 on November 8th.
The forecast for the weekend is about as good as Connecticut is likely to see this far into October. Hopefully Hartford-area golfers will be able to enjoy some of their favorite courses or have a last-hurrah at one of the higher-end tracks in the state.