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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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Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $39
Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $17
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $20
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $30
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $20
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $30
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $18
Whitney Farms Golf Club
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Monroe $25
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $13
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $25
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $18
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $10
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $18
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $21
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Portland Golf Course
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Portland $21
Windham Club
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North Windham $14
Southington Country Club
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Southington $28
Black Birch Golf Club
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Moodus $13.5
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $10
Skungamaug River Golf Course
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Coventry $17
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $9
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $10
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $20
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $12
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $5
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $18
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $20
Quarry Ridge Golf Club Portland $52
White/Red at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $18
Shennecossett Golf Club Groton $21 - $43
Hop Meadow Country Club Simsbury $65
Orange Hills Country Club
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Orange $10
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $10
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $10
Ridgefield Golf Course Ridgefield $40 - $62
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $12 - $20
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $12
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $16
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $11
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $27
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $39
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $14.45
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $10
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $33
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $20
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $17
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $12
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $18
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $20
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $25
East Hartford Golf Club
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East Hartford $21
Red/Blue at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $18
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $25 - $38
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $16
Stanley Golf Course - Blue/White
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New Britain $18
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $23
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $65
Fox Hopyard Golf Club
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East Haddam $49
River Ridge Golf Course Jewett City $35
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $14 - $57
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $35 - $65
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $57 - $64
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $15 - $48
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $38 - $45
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $18 - $28
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $95 - $195
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $33.00 - $36.50
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Orchard's Milford $16
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Great Neck Country Club Waterford $50 - $70
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $31
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Carl Dickman Par-3 Golf Course Fairfield $10 - $16
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Redding Country Club West Redding $75 - $96
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $20 - $32
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $17 - $54
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $23 - $45
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $30 - $45
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $35 - $39
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Homewood Acres Golf Course Woodbridge $10
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $36
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $169 - $199
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