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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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Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $30
Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $21
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $18
Whitney Farms Golf Club
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Monroe $23
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $23
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $20
Timberlin Golf Club
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Berlin $22
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $20
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $13.65
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $13.65
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $24
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $24
Quarry Ridge Golf Club Portland $52
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $12
River Ridge Golf Course Jewett City $35
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $25
White 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
Portland Golf Course
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Portland $22
Black Birch Golf Club
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Moodus $8
Rolling Greens Golf Course Rocky Hill $12 - $30
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
Stanley Golf Course - Blue/White
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New Britain $24
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $34.5
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $30
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $12
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $30
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $21
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $12
Woodbridge Country Club Woodbridge $60
Southington Country Club
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Southington $25
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $14
Skungamaug River Golf Course
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Coventry $18
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $12
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $5
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $20
Hop Meadow Country Club Simsbury $65
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $26
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $16
Orange Hills Country Club
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Orange $17
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $45
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $25 - $38
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $10
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $11
White/Red at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $24
Ridgefield Golf Course Ridgefield $40 - $62
Fox Hopyard Golf Club
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East Haddam $70
Shennecossett Golf Club Groton $21 - $43
Miner Hills Golf Course Middletown $12 - $20
Red/Blue at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $24
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $56
East Hartford Golf Club
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East Hartford $33
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $29
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $28
Windham Club
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North Windham $30
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $12
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $37
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $28
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $14
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $15
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $18 - $28
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $17 - $54
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $15 - $21
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $23 - $45
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $36
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $35 - $65
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Great Neck Country Club Waterford $50 - $70
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $13 - $30
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $57 - $64
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $30 - $45
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $15 - $48
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Carl Dickman Par-3 Golf Course Fairfield $10 - $16
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $33 - $63
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Hotchkiss Golf Course Lakeville $15
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $14 - $57
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $95 - $195
Orchard's Milford $16
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $35 - $39
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Homewood Acres Golf Course Woodbridge $10
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club Hebron $50
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $38 - $45
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $44 - $60
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22 - $34
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club Hebron $50
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $169 - $199
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Redding Country Club West Redding $75 - $96
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $20 - $32
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield $19 - $28
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
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