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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 $23
Whitney Farms Golf Club
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Monroe $23
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $30
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $18
Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $21
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $20
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $5
Shennecossett Golf Club Groton $21 - $43
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $12
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $24
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $39
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $15
Portland Golf Course
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Portland $22
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $14
Rolling Greens Golf Course Rocky Hill $12 - $30
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $34.5
White/Red at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $24
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $25
Orange Hills Country Club
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Orange $17
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $56
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $13.65
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $28
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $13.65
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $12
River Ridge Golf Course Jewett City $35
Red/Blue at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $24
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $26
Quarry Ridge Golf Club Portland $52
Fox Hopyard Golf Club
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East Haddam $70
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $20
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $12
Woodbridge Country Club Woodbridge $60
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $25 - $38
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $37
Skungamaug River Golf Course
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Coventry $18
Ridgefield Golf Course Ridgefield $40 - $62
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $24
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $16
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Timberlin Golf Club
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Berlin $22
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $10
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $28
Stanley Golf Course - Blue/White
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New Britain $24
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $12
Black Birch Golf Club
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Moodus $8
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $11
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $12
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $45
Southington Country Club
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Southington $25
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $30
Windham Club
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North Windham $30
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $20
Miner Hills Golf Course Middletown $12 - $20
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $24
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $29
East Hartford Golf Club
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East Hartford $33
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $14
Hop Meadow Country Club Simsbury $65
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $30
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $21
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Homewood Acres Golf Course Woodbridge $10
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $44 - $60
Hotchkiss Golf Course Lakeville $15
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $35 - $65
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $35 - $39
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $57 - $64
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $169 - $199
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $14 - $57
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $15 - $48
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent N/A
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Great River Golf Club Milford $70 - $120
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $13 - $30
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22 - $34
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $95 - $195
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $20 - $28
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Orchard's Milford $16
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $20 - $32
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield $19 - $28
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $17 - $54
Great Neck Country Club Waterford $50 - $70
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Carl Dickman Par-3 Golf Course Fairfield $10 - $16
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Canaan Country Club Canaan $34 - $48
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Redding Country Club West Redding $75 - $96
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club Hebron $50
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $15 - $21
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $30 - $45
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $38 - $45
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $36
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $33 - $63
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $18 - $28
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $23 - $45
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club Hebron $50
Course at Yale New Haven $65 - $90
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
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