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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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Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $30
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $20
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $46
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $25
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $29
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $34
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $20
Windham Club
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North Windham $39
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $20
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $37
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $48
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $19
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $37
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $12
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $15
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $20
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $30
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $35
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $25
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $60
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $42
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $12
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $35
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $23
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $58
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $20
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $26
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $20
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $40
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $40
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $25
Keney Park Golf Club
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Hartford $37
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $24
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $22
Hawk's Landing Country Club
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Southington $48.5
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $31
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $35
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $20
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $42
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $30
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $25
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $25 - $64
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Mohegan Sun Country Club At Pautipaug Baltic N/A
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $14
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Vineyard Valley Golf Club Pomfret Center $14
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Madison Country Club Madison $80
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $49.5
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $26
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Raceway Golf Club Thompson $25.00 - $37.00
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Whitney Farms Golf Club Monroe $55
Banner Country Club Moodus $40
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $50
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $49
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $23
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $35
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $51
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Southington Country Club Southington $50
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $24.75
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $29
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $23
Birchwood Country Club Westport $50
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $40
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $46
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.5
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $49
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.5
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $49.5
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $49
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $75
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $35
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $20
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $31
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $23
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $43
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $46
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Woodstock Golf Course Woodstock $11
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $27
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $51
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $38
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $58
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $49
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor
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Windsor $25
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $49.5
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Orchard's Milford $16
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
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