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