I live in Central Pennsylvania, right outside of Harrisburg (the capital for those that failed US geography ). In a nutshell, the golf scene is pretty decent, not great (more below).
I moved here from Northern California (Foster City) and before that Southern California (San Diego - didn't golf then).
The season here is April-October, but there is good chance you could start in March and play through November. I've played a number of times on Black Friday. Of course, those months are pretty chilly at that time. The variety of courses is fairly decent. The biggest attraction for me is the pricing. After living in the Bay Area, and routinely paying $100-$150 to ride on the weekends during the dot-com heyday (2000-2002), the $50 average fee is much more palatable. The most expensive public course here (Resort course, owned by Hershey now) is Hershey Links which is $90 for residents. On average I pay about $50-55 for a round which includes cart.
Conditioning of the courses is directly proportionate to the green fees. There are some real dog tracks out here - e.g. Silver Springs Golf Course Cow Pasture is typically $25 to play. I played there once, and they hadn't even removed the plugs from the fairway after aerating . When it rains hard, the course becomes a swamp. I last played there two years and vowed never to go back. The quantity and quality of the sand in the bunkers is also typically tied to how much the green fees are.
A lot of the average courses can be played for <$50 after noon, plus there are a lot of coupons in the paper. The course I play the most is Dauphin Highlands (decent track), and they charge $55 to ride on the weekends. Surprisingly, the course is owned by the County. Slow play is an issue for the most part - again the more you pay, the higher the chances of having one or more rangers trying to keep things moving along.
Finally, most people are pretty nice although after living here for 9+ years, I usually end up playing with regulars and rarely just show up. It's a pretty relaxed dress code (compared to other metro areas), with jeans acceptable at almost 95% of the courses. That said, I've seen folks in the dead of summer with wife beaters after they're a good distance away from the club house!!
I try to play on some nice courses when I'm on vacation for a change of scenery (Harbour Town, Tierra Del Sol, Aviara, Bayside, etc.). There are some nice course in a 100 mile radius which I am dying to play someday (Bulle Rock, etc.) Plus, I'm still holding out hope to someday play the two PA crown jewels: Oakmont & Merion