Category: Connecticut

July 25, 2013

Connecticut's Foxwoods Resort Casino delivers beauty and brawn without breaking your bank

Posted at 1:49 PM by Joe Passov

If you're missing left, beware the par-3 ninth at Lake of Isles. (Credit: Dick Durrance)

The Mashantucket Pequots pioneered the tribal casino-resort with their prosperous Foxwoods in southeastern Connecticut, but it wasn't until 2005 that they had a course worth bragging about.

Rees Jones chiseled two formidable spreads from the rock-studded hills, the North and the South. Only the North is open to outside play, and with its dramatic visuals, it's all the golf you could want.

Wetlands, rock ledges and rolling, forested terrain form compelling elements in a spectacular, unyielding design. Still, with tees as short as 4,937 yards, Lake of Isles is definitely playable, especially the stirring 525-yard, par-5 12th, which is framed with rock, tree and bunker peril but can be safely negotiated by a bogey player with three solid shots.

July and August are ideal months to go; you can sleep in after a long night of gaming and still finish your round with plenty of daylight. Also, Lake of Isles is newly affordable, thanks to its "dynamic pricing" policy.

Adapted from the hotel and airline industries, dynamic pricing simply fits your green fee to the anticipated demand. On a given Saturday you might shell out, say, $170 at 7:30 a.m. and $200 at 3 p.m. The next day, Sunday, isn't as coveted, so those same tee times could run $100 and $130, respectively.

Prices fluctuate, but you should have a few extra bucks left over for the table games next door.

Lake of Isles (North)
North Stonington, Conn.
7,252 yards, par 72
Green fees: $94-$199

August 13, 2009

Golf Getaway: MGM Grand at Foxwoods

Posted at 6:06 PM by Jessica Marksbury

If you're looking for a venue that is as prepared to host a raucous bachelor party as it is a romantic weekend stay, then look no further than the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. Vegas-style fun is closer than you think if you live in the Northeast.

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October 13, 2008

A Connecticut gem: Richter Park

Posted at 9:55 AM by

I haven't been around nearly as much as some of my esteemed colleagues at Golf Magazine and Sports Illustrated, but this weekend I found a course that I enjoyed as much as any I've ever played -- Richter Park in Danbury, Conn. As advertised on the course's official site, fall is especially kind to this layout. We saw trees in every imaginable autumn color. The course has challenging greens, a great natural layout, and amazing views of the West Lake Reservoir, which comes into play on several holes on the front nine.

The course also has one unique hazard I'd never encountered before -- quicksand! On several holes, signs warn against venturing into the woods for fear of ending up like Lord Beasley Waterford on Gilligan's Island.

For non-residents, the course is $95 on weekends and $85 on weekdays, but Danbury natives pay only $48 with cart, $32 to walk. That's got to be one of the best deals in town.

Have you been to Richter Park, or do you know of any other public gems in the New York City area? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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