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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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Whitney Farms Golf Club
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Monroe $20
Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $21
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $24
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $25
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $20
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $23
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $30
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $12
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $12
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $12
Ridgefield Golf Course Ridgefield $40 - $62
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $15
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $5
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $26
Timberlin Golf Club
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Berlin $22
Black Birch Golf Club
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Moodus $8
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $13.65
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $26
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $25
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $25
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $25
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $16
Stanley Golf Course - Blue/White
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New Britain $21.5
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $12
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $28
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $12
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $21
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $25
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $25
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Shennecossett Golf Club Groton $21 - $43
River Ridge Golf Course Jewett City $35
Woodbridge Country Club Woodbridge $60
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $13.65
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $12
Rolling Greens Golf Course Rocky Hill $12 - $30
Red/Blue at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $21.5
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $56
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $10
East Hartford Golf Club
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East Hartford $33
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $37
Portland Golf Course
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Portland $22
Fox Hopyard Golf Club
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East Haddam $49
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $21
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $34.5
Quarry Ridge Golf Club Portland $52
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $30
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $36
Orange Hills Country Club
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Orange $16
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Miner Hills Golf Course Middletown $12 - $20
Skungamaug River Golf Course
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Coventry $10
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $25
White/Red at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $21.5
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $25 - $38
Southington Country Club
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Southington $15
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $14
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $12
Hop Meadow Country Club Simsbury $65
Windham Club
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North Windham $14
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $20
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
Redding Country Club West Redding $75 - $96
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $36
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Homewood Acres Golf Course Woodbridge $10
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $35 - $65
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $57 - $64
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $14 - $57
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $23 - $45
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $33 - $63
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $169 - $199
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Orchard's Milford $16
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club Hebron $50
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $30 - $45
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $20 - $32
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Great Neck Country Club Waterford $50 - $70
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $95 - $195
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $38 - $45
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $15 - $48
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Carl Dickman Par-3 Golf Course Fairfield $10 - $16
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $44 - $60
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club Hebron $50
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $17 - $54
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $35 - $39
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $18 - $28
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
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