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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 $20
Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $21 - $43
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $35
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $73
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $35
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $30 - $50
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $50
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $29
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $15
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $21
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $37
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $30
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $30
Windham Club
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North Windham $39
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $22 - $35
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $36
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $37
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $20
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $38
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $70
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $37
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $12 - $23
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $26
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $35 - $55
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $12 - $20
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $18
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $24
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $52
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $60
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $16 - $25
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $58
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $35
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $38
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $38
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $45
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $14
Candlewood Valley Country Club
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New Milford $25 - $38
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $53
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $20 - $49
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $23
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $38
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $25 - $64
Banner Country Club Moodus $25
Woodstock Golf Course Woodstock $11
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $40
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Southington Country Club Southington $12 - $36
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Orchard's Milford $16
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $37
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $48.5
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $31
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $28
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $29.25
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $16
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $35.50
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $21
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Mohegan Sun Country Club At Pautipaug Baltic N/A
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $21.00
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $35
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Whitney Farms Golf Club Monroe $55
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $33.00 - $36.50
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Vineyard Valley Golf Club Pomfret Center $14
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Course at Yale New Haven $118
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $37
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $31
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Raceway Golf Club Thompson $25.00 - $37.00
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $12 - $36
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
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