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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 $23
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $30
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $18
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $20
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $23
Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $21
Black Birch Golf Club
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Moodus $8
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $45
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $30
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $26
Fox Hopyard Golf Club
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East Haddam $70
Hop Meadow Country Club Simsbury $65
Quarry Ridge Golf Club Portland $52
Portland Golf Course
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Portland $22
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $12
Miner Hills Golf Course Middletown $12 - $20
Rolling Greens Golf Course Rocky Hill $12 - $30
Southington Country Club
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Southington $25
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $13.65
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $13.65
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $24
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $25 - $38
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $11
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $56
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $39
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $20
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $12
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $12
East Hartford Golf Club
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East Hartford $33
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $12
Skungamaug River Golf Course
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Coventry $18
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $28
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $24
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $21
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $14
Woodbridge Country Club Woodbridge $60
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $10
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $20
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $24
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $28
Ridgefield Golf Course Ridgefield $40 - $62
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $29
Orange Hills Country Club
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Orange $17
Shennecossett Golf Club Groton $21 - $43
Red/Blue at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $24
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $15
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $14
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $34.5
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $25
Stanley Golf Course - Blue/White
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New Britain $24
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $37
River Ridge Golf Course Jewett City $35
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $16
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
White/Red at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $24
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $12
Timberlin Golf Club
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Berlin $22
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $30
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $5
Windham Club
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North Windham $30
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Carl Dickman Par-3 Golf Course Fairfield $10 - $16
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Course at Yale New Haven $118
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $36
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $38 - $45
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $169 - $199
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $33 - $63
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Homewood Acres Golf Course Woodbridge $10
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $57 - $64
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club Hebron $50
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $30 - $45
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $17 - $54
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $20 - $32
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $23 - $45
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $35 - $65
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Great Neck Country Club Waterford $50 - $70
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $18 - $28
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $14 - $57
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Orchard's Milford $16
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $35 - $39
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Redding Country Club West Redding $75 - $96
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club Hebron $50
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $44 - $60
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $95 - $195
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $15 - $48
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
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