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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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Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $27
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $24
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $36
Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $21 - $43
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $30 - $50
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $35
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $27
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $30
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $27
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $35
Windham Club
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North Windham $20 - $32
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $29
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $44.99
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $16
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $35
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $37
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $26
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $18
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $30
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $16
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $35
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $35
Southington Country Club
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Southington $34
Banner Country Club
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Moodus $8
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $23
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $32
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $58
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $35
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $16
Candlewood Valley Country Club
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New Milford $25 - $38
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $26
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $19
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $75
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $60
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $12
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $42
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $15
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $42
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $34
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $12 - $23
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $27
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $24
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $25
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $52
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $21
Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $24
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $28
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $10
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $45
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $31
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $16
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $28
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $35
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $21.00
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $12 - $36
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $29.25
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $21
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $34
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $25 - $64
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $34
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $34
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $37
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $31
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $37
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $40
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Orchard's Milford $16
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $35.50
Whitney Farms Golf Club Monroe $55
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $48.5
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $33.00 - $36.50
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
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