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