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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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Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $30
Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $30
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $20
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $20
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $22
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $34
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $44
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $44
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $15
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $20
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $38
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $15
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $25
Windham Club
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North Windham $39
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $34
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $20
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $48
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $30
Hawk's Landing Country Club
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Southington $48.5
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $12
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $36
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $20
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $60
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $30
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $42
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $52
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $23
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $37
Keney Park Golf Club
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Hartford $37
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $35
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $38
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $25
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $25
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $25
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $25
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $32
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $26
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $47
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $39
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $58
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $47
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $22
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $21
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Whitney Farms Golf Club Monroe $55
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.5
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $51
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.5
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $46
Banner Country Club Moodus $40
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $31
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $40
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $75
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $49
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $35
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $49
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor
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Windsor $25
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $49.5
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $58
Birchwood Country Club Westport $50
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $49
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $23
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $49.5
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $38
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $35
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $27
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $49.5
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $24.75
Raceway Golf Club Thompson $37
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $29
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $51
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Orchard's Milford $16
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $49
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $28
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Southington Country Club Southington $50
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $20
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $64
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $43
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $46
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Mohegan Sun Country Club At Pautipaug Baltic N/A
Vineyard Valley Golf Club Pomfret Center $14
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $14
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $50
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $26
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $23
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $23
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Woodstock Golf Course Woodstock $19
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
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