As they scramble to generate income in a brutal economy, private golf clubs in the state are announcing deals to attract new members.  One of the most aggressive offers is at Farmington Woods in Farmington, where the club is waiving initiation fees for 2010.  Dues for full-family golf (a couple plus any children under 23) are $5,382 for the year for a non-resident of the surrounding community, and $4,682 for residents.  The short, but tricky, course was designed by Desmond Muirhead and opened in 1970.


A two-man championship at Black Hall Golf Club is the first event of the 2010 golf season on the Connecticut State Golf Association’s calendar.  The event honors longtime state amateur player Bill Hermanson, a member of Black Hall.  More information at http://www.csgalinks.org/tournaments/2010/Two-Man_Championship/Two-Man_Team_Championship.asp


In the teeth of winter, local golfers can play the heralded Pete Dye classic Teeth of the Dog in the Dominican Republic, without the hassle of airport wait times or peak season prices.  Bethany’s Fore Seasons Golf Club offers 17 “virtual” golf courses for play year round at $15 for 18 holes.  The 25,000-square-foot indoor facility includes a putting green, chipping area, two sand traps and a driving range.  The club is at 28 Old Amity Road, Bethany. For information and reservations, call 203-393-0800 or go to www.foreseasonsgolfclub.com.


         Bruce Wilson has retired as president and executive director of First Tee of Connecticut.  David Polk, former VP of marketing and community relations for Hartford Hospital, will succeed Wilson.


         The Fairchild-Wheeler Golf Course in Fairfield is among a group of six sites being considered for a new state facility for juvenile girls.  The state originally proposed locating the new facility in a residential area of Bridgeport.  After complaints from local property owners, Bridgeport city officials suggested the alternatives.  A decision is pending.


            Stupid golf tricks:  According to the Hartford Courant, a 68-year old Orange man hung onto a tree on a cliff above the Housatonic River, waiting for rescuers after he slipped while looking for golf balls at Great River Golf Course.  He had a cellphone and was able to phone a friend, who in turn called rescuers.  After the man was saved, Orange police issued him a ticket for trespassing in an amount equal to a few dozen brand new Titleist Pro Vs.