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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 $30
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $30
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $19
Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $10
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Whitney Farms Golf Club
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Monroe $20
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $20
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $25
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $10
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $5
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $12.75
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $25
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $20
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $20
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $10
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $16
Stanley Golf Course - Blue/White
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New Britain $18
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $27
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $35.7
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $12
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $10
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $34.5
Quarry Ridge Golf Club Portland $52
Skungamaug River Golf Course
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Coventry $18
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $18
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $44
Windham Club
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North Windham $14
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $32
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $15
Ridgefield Golf Course Ridgefield $40 - $62
Fox Hopyard Golf Club
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East Haddam $49
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $10
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $12
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $12
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $12
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $18
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $25
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $10
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $18
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $33
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $25 - $38
Southington Country Club
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Southington $28
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Shennecossett Golf Club Groton $21 - $43
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $39
Red/Blue at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $18
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $12
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $9
White/Red at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $18
Portland Golf Course
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Portland $35
River Ridge Golf Course Jewett City $35
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $44
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $18
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $23
Hop Meadow Country Club Simsbury $65
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $13
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Black Birch Golf Club
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Moodus $13.5
East Hartford Golf Club
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East Hartford $24
Orange Hills Country Club
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Orange $10
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $50
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $38
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $12 - $20
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Carl Dickman Par-3 Golf Course Fairfield $10 - $16
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $20 - $32
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $35 - $65
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $44 - $60
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Orchard's Milford $16
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $23 - $45
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $95 - $195
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Great Neck Country Club Waterford $50 - $70
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $36
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Timberlin Golf Club Berlin $33.00 - $55.00
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $30 - $45
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $169 - $199
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $18 - $28
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $15 - $48
Redding Country Club West Redding $75 - $96
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $17 - $54
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $38 - $45
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $33 - $63
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $35 - $39
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $14 - $57
Homewood Acres Golf Course Woodbridge $10
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $57 - $64
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
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