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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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Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $25
Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $16
Whitney Farms Golf Club
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Monroe $25
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $30
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $21
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $30
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $22
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $20
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $18
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $20
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $25
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $10
Southington Country Club
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Southington $15
Skungamaug River Golf Course
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Coventry $17
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $25
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $20
Windham Club
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North Windham $23
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $22
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $10
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $10
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $5
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $18
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $9
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $14
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $18
Black Birch Golf Club
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Moodus $12
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $20
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $19
Connecticut National Golf Club Putnam $36
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $25 - $38
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $12 - $20
Fox Hopyard Golf Club
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East Haddam $56
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $25
Red/Blue at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $19
Quarry Ridge Golf Club Portland $52
Ridgefield Golf Course Ridgefield $40 - $62
Orange Hills Country Club
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Orange $17
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $19
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $25
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $29
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $20
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $40
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $16
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $29.75
Stanley Golf Course - Blue/White
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New Britain $19
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $10
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $12
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $20
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $12
Hop Meadow Country Club Simsbury $65
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $15
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $16
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $26
Shennecossett Golf Club Groton $21 - $43
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $39
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $10
White/Red at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $19
River Ridge Golf Course Jewett City $35
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $13
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $10
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $11
East Hartford Golf Club
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East Hartford $20
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $33.00 - $36.50
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $57 - $64
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $38 - $45
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $20 - $32
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Great Neck Country Club Waterford $50 - $70
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $35 - $65
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Homewood Acres Golf Course Woodbridge $10
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $95 - $195
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $169 - $199
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $35 - $39
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $23 - $45
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Orchard's Milford $16
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $31
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $15 - $48
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $30 - $45
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Carl Dickman Par-3 Golf Course Fairfield $10 - $16
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $31
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Redding Country Club West Redding $75 - $96
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $18 - $28
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $17 - $54
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $14 - $57
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
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