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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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Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $18
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $20
Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $21
Whitney Farms Golf Club
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Monroe $23
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $30
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $23
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $26
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $45
Portland Golf Course
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Portland $22
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $10
Southington Country Club
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Southington $25
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $29
Quarry Ridge Golf Club Portland $52
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $25 - $38
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $13.65
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $20
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $28
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $20
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $30
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $37
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $14
Skungamaug River Golf Course
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Coventry $18
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $39
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Orange Hills Country Club
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Orange $17
Timberlin Golf Club
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Berlin $22
Miner Hills Golf Course Middletown $12 - $20
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $12
East Hartford Golf Club
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East Hartford $33
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $56
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $24
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $12
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $12
Rolling Greens Golf Course Rocky Hill $12 - $30
Woodbridge Country Club Woodbridge $60
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $12
Black Birch Golf Club
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Moodus $8
River Ridge Golf Course Jewett City $35
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $14
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $25
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $15
Windham Club
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North Windham $30
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $12
Red/Blue at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $24
Ridgefield Golf Course Ridgefield $40 - $62
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $16
Stanley Golf Course - Blue/White
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New Britain $24
Shennecossett Golf Club Groton $21 - $43
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $28
Fox Hopyard Golf Club
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East Haddam $70
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $5
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $34.5
White/Red at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $24
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $24
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $21
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $24
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $11
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $30
Hop Meadow Country Club Simsbury $65
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $13.65
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Carl Dickman Par-3 Golf Course Fairfield $10 - $16
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $95 - $195
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $20 - $32
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club Hebron $50
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $35 - $39
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $15 - $21
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $23 - $45
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $15 - $48
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $57 - $64
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Great Neck Country Club Waterford $50 - $70
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield $19 - $28
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $13 - $30
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $38 - $45
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Homewood Acres Golf Course Woodbridge $10
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $35 - $65
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22 - $34
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $14 - $57
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $18 - $28
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $33 - $63
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $17 - $54
Orchard's Milford $16
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $44 - $60
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $36
Redding Country Club West Redding $75 - $96
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club Hebron $50
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Hotchkiss Golf Course Lakeville $15
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $169 - $199
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $30 - $45
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
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