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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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Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $30
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $19
Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $10
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $30
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $25
Whitney Farms Golf Club
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Monroe $20
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $20
Quarry Ridge Golf Club Portland $52
Stanley Golf Course - Blue/White
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New Britain $18
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $33
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $10
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $12
Red/Blue at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $18
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $10
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $25
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $27
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $12 - $20
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $12.75
East Hartford Golf Club
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East Hartford $24
Windham Club
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North Windham $14
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $12
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $18
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $23
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $5
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $32
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $18
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $10
Hop Meadow Country Club Simsbury $65
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $10
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $20
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Orange Hills Country Club
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Orange $10
Fox Hopyard Golf Club
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East Haddam $49
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $10
River Ridge Golf Course Jewett City $35
Ridgefield Golf Course Ridgefield $40 - $62
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $11
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $39
Black Birch Golf Club
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Moodus $13.5
Shennecossett Golf Club Groton $21 - $43
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $20
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $18
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $18
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $38
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $34.5
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $16
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $10
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $12
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $9
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $25 - $38
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $25
White/Red at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $18
Southington Country Club
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Southington $28
Portland Golf Course
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Portland $22
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $53
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $15
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $44
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $44
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $50
Skungamaug River Golf Course
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Coventry $18
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $10
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $38 - $45
Orchard's Milford $16
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $23 - $45
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $17 - $54
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $18 - $28
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $169 - $199
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $15 - $48
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $20 - $32
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $95 - $195
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Timberlin Golf Club Berlin $33.00 - $55.00
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $35 - $39
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $30 - $45
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $31
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Great Neck Country Club Waterford $50 - $70
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Homewood Acres Golf Course Woodbridge $10
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Carl Dickman Par-3 Golf Course Fairfield $10 - $16
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $57 - $64
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Redding Country Club West Redding $75 - $96
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $36
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $14 - $57
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $35 - $65
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