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Destination: Connecticut

Connecticut is New England's second smallest and southernmost state. Its 5,009 square miles (13,023 square kilometers) are bordered by New York State on the west, Rhode Island on the east, Massachusetts on the north and by Long Island sound on the south.

What is the climate in Connecticut?

New England has a reputation for a rugged climate, but Connecticut's weather is relatively mild. On average, there are just 12 days a year when the temperature goes above 90 degrees, and six days when it falls to zero or below. The growing season is fairly long, with the first killing frost generally in mid-October and the last in mid-April. Despite Connecticut's small size, there is some variety in climate, with temperatures in the northern hills as much as 10 degrees lower than those in the central valley year-round.

Peak season for golf is usually June to August, but golf courses in Connecticut are playable usually through October.

What is the topography of Connecticut?

The Connecticut River divides the state roughly in half. The coastal plain and central valley are relatively flat and contain most of the larger cities. Other parts of the state are hilly, with the highest altitudes in the northwest corner. The hills are largely covered with hardwood forests, and about two-thirds of the state is in open land.

How far from other east coast metropolis am I?

From Hartford here are the driving distances to some of the east's biggest cities:

New York City: 120 miles
Boston: 100 miles
Philadelphia: 215 miles
Atlantic City: 250 miles
Providence: 90 miles
Concord, N.H.: 150 miles

Where's my best bet to find something to do in Connecticut?

Tourism in Connecticut is a $4 billion-a-year business. Much of it based on the attraction of the state's 250-mile Long Island Sound shoreline, the rolling Litchfield Hills, and its unspoiled Connecticut River Valley.

With its wealth of open land, Connecticut's scenery is some of New England's most beautiful. Its many of Colonial villages are filled with historic homes and landmarks. Dozens of golf courses are open to the public; boating, fishing and swimming opportunities are everywhere.

Among the most popular individual attractions are Mystic Seaport and nearby Mystic Marinelife Aquarium, Lake Compounce in Bristol; Gillette Castle in Hadlyme; Valley Railroad in Essex; Branford Trolley Museum in East Haven; Connecticut river cruise ships; and the homes of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe in Hartford.

What's there to do along the coastline?

New Haven is a hotspot for a weekend getaway for east coast residents. Seventeen of the city's 21 miles are designated parks, one of the reasons New Haven draws so many visitors from the nearby concrete jungles. New Haven has one public course, Alling Memorial Golf Course.

Is it true there's gambling in Connecticut?

The world's largest casino isn't in Vegas, it's in Connecticut. Open for since 1992, Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard is home to the biggest casino known to man, as well as Foxwoods Golf and Country Club, a par-70, 6,004 yard course located a few minutes from the Resort in Richmond, Rhode Island.

When do the pros play golf in Connecticut?

The TPC at River Highlands in Cromwell has hosted the PGA Tour's Buick Classic, known previously as the Canon Greater Hartford Open. River Highlands, however, is a private TPC course, and used to be named Edgewood Country Club when it was built in 1928, until Pete Dye, along with a host of other architects restored the club to what it is today.

Where can I find phone numbers, locations and other information on all Connecticut golf courses? provides a comprehensive guide to golf courses in Connecticut.

Connecticut transportation

Often called the Gateway to New England, Greater Hartford sits at the crossroads of I-91 and I-84. It's also midway between New York and Boston, only 100 miles from each city. This puts more than 23 million people within a 2 1/2 hour drive of Greater Hartford, via I-91, I-95, I-84 and I-90.

10 minutes from downtown Hartford, Bradley International Airport services 19 commercial carriers. Nearly 300 national and international flights daily, including same plane service to and from 75 U.S. and Canadian cities, make Bradley International the hassle-free alternative to other Northeast airports.

Union Station in downtown Hartford provides scheduled AMTRAK service. Nonstop bus transportation to every major Northeast city also runs regularly to and from Union Station.

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Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $20
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $34
Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $21 - $43
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $30
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $27
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $20
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $44
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $44
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $20
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $15
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $38
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $21
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $30
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $48
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $15
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $29
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $25
Windham Club
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North Windham $39
Keney Park Golf Club
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Hartford $37
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $42
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $25
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $25
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $35
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $37
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $24
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $30
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $46
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $20
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $21
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $26
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $41
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $58
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $60
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $25
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $47
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $35
Hawk's Landing Country Club
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Southington $48.5
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $52
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $32
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $23
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $47
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $22
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $12
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $49.5
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $23
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $38
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $23
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $49.5
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $35
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $49
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $49
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $46
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $49.5
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $24.75
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor
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Windsor $25
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Mohegan Sun Country Club At Pautipaug Baltic N/A
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Birchwood Country Club Westport $50
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $23
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Whitney Farms Golf Club Monroe $55
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Banner Country Club Moodus $40
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Southington Country Club Southington $50
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Orchard's Milford $16
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Vineyard Valley Golf Club Pomfret Center $14
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $20
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Woodstock Golf Course Woodstock $11
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Raceway Golf Club Thompson $25.00 - $37.00
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $49
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $51
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $75
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $35
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $40
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $29
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $27
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $31
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $25 - $64
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $49
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $26
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $58
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.5
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $46
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $51
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $43
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $14
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $50
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.5
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
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