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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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Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $20
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $46
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $30
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $20
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $27.5
Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $30
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $25
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $37
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $35
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $25
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $34
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $15
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $12
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $19.5
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $37
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $20
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $48
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $35
Windham Club
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North Windham $39
Keney Park Golf Club
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Hartford $37
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $26
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $40
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $12 - $20
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $58
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $40
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $24
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $25
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $35
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $42
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $23
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $12
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $20
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $60
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $25
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $35
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $20
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $20
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $25
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $42
Hawk's Landing Country Club
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Southington $48.5
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $32
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Orchard's Milford $16
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $46
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $35.50
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $50
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $49
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $43
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $49
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $20
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $49.5
Whitney Farms Golf Club Monroe $55
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Woodstock Golf Course Woodstock $11
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $23
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor
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Windsor $25
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $49
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.5
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $25 - $64
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $35
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $23
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $14
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $28
Course at Yale New Haven $118
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $40
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $51
Southington Country Club Southington $12 - $36
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $21.00
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.5
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Madison Country Club Madison $80
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $27
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Vineyard Valley Golf Club Pomfret Center $14
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $31
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $75
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Banner Country Club Moodus $40
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $46
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Birchwood Country Club Westport $50
Raceway Golf Club Thompson $25.00 - $37.00
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $35
Mohegan Sun Country Club At Pautipaug Baltic N/A
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $29
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $38
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
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