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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 Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $20
Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $18
Whitney Farms Golf Club
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Monroe $26
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $20
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $14
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $28
White/Red at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $28
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $20
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $5
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $16
Skungamaug River Golf Course
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Coventry $10
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $30
Shennecossett Golf Club Groton $21 - $43
Quarry Ridge Golf Club Portland $52
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $18
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $31
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
Red/Blue at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $28
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $12
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $20
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $65
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $26
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $23
Ridgefield Golf Course Ridgefield $40 - $62
Stanley Golf Course - Blue/White
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New Britain $28
Timberlin Golf Club
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Berlin $33.00 - $55.00
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $16
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 $33
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $26
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $25
Southington Country Club
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Southington $19
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $18
River Ridge Golf Course Jewett City $35
Black Birch Golf Club
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Moodus $8
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $15
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $23
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $28
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $10
Fox Hopyard Golf Club
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East Haddam $45
Rolling Greens Golf Course Rocky Hill $12 - $30
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $34.5
Woodbridge Country Club Woodbridge $60
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $25 - $38
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $26
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Portland Golf Course
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Portland $22
Orange Hills Country Club
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Orange $20
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $37
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
East Hartford Golf Club
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East Hartford $20
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $15
Hop Meadow Country Club Simsbury $65
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $35
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $15
Miner Hills Golf Course Middletown $12 - $20
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $12
Windham Club
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North Windham $14
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $25
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $16
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club Hebron $50
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Redding Country Club West Redding $75 - $96
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $169 - $199
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $38 - $45
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $20 - $32
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $36
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $57 - $64
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $17 - $54
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club Hebron $50
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Carl Dickman Par-3 Golf Course Fairfield $10 - $16
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $23 - $45
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $15 - $48
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $30 - $45
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Orchard's Milford $16
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $33 - $63
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Homewood Acres Golf Course Woodbridge $10
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $35 - $65
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Great Neck Country Club Waterford $50 - $70
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $14 - $57
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $35 - $39
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $95 - $195
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $44 - $60
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $18 - $28
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
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