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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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Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $24
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $35
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $27
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $30 - $50
Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $19
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $25
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $25
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $30
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $25
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $35
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $35
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $35
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $26
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $35
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $25
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $37
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $16
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $10
Southington Country Club
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Southington $34
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $30
Windham Club
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North Windham $20 - $32
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $44.99
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $15
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $39
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $35
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $52
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $10
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $15
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $19
Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $24
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $38
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $12
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $21
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $28
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $12 - $23
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $19
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $29
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $29.25
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $75
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $40
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $58
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $60
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $23
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $28
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $16
Candlewood Valley Country Club
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New Milford $25 - $38
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $19
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $25
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $28
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $31
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Orchard's Milford $16
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $16
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Whitney Farms Golf Club Monroe $55
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $29
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $40
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $21.00
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Banner Country Club Moodus $25
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $21
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $29
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $37
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $48.5
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $12 - $36
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $31
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $37
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $35.50
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $33.00 - $36.50
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $29
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $29.25
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $35
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $25 - $64
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
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