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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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Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $30
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $30
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $14
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $35
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $25
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $20
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $15
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $30
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $36
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $35
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $16
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $22
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $15
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $37
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $35
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $22
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $23
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Windham Club
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Willimantic $31 - $46
Hawk's Landing Country Club
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Southington $48.5
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $40
Keney Park Golf Club
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Hartford $37
Pequabuck Golf Club of Bristol
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Pequabuck $42 - $57
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $25
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $47
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $45
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $42
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $30
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $50
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $47
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $33
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $25
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $21
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $15.5
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $28
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $52
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $25
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $35
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $19
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $35
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $76
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $29
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $43
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $52
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $23
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $38
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $49
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $49.5
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $75
Orchard's Milford $16
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Mohegan Sun Country Club At Pautipaug Baltic N/A
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $35
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $46
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Banner Country Club Moodus $40
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Vineyard Valley Golf Club Pomfret Center $14
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $52
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $49.5
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $20
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $24.75
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $49
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $49
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.5
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $49
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $23
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Connecticut National Golf Club Putnam $30
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Shennecossett Golf Club Groton $60
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $33.5
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $23
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $51
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor
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Windsor $25
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.5
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $46
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
River Ridge Golf Course Jewett City $35
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $64
Southington Country Club Southington $50
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $18
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $49.5
Hop Meadow Country Club Simsbury $87
Fox Run at Copper Hill East Granby $29
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Raceway Golf Club Thompson $37
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $26
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Woodstock Golf Course Woodstock $19
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Birchwood Country Club Westport $50
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $50
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $31
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $14
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Rolling Greens Golf Course Rocky Hill $25
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $28
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
TPC at River Highlands Cromwell $88
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $49
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $27
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $58
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Whitney Farms Golf Club Monroe $55
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $51
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $52
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
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