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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 Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $30
Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $30
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $32
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $46
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $20
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $20
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $25
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $35
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $12
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $24
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $20
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $48
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $19
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $37
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $20
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $35
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $15
Windham Club
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North Windham $39
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $37
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $58
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $24
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $39
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $26
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $25
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $12
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $60
Hawk's Landing Country Club
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Southington $48.5
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $42
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $25
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $35
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $25
Keney Park Golf Club
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Hartford $37
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $31
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $35
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $40
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $20
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $40
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $20
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $20
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $42
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $23
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $20
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor
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Windsor $25
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
Mohegan Sun Country Club At Pautipaug Baltic N/A
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Vineyard Valley Golf Club Pomfret Center $14
Orchard's Milford $16
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Southington Country Club Southington $12 - $36
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $29
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $38
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $23
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Woodstock Golf Course Woodstock $11
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $49
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $35.50
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $25 - $64
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $31
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.5
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $28
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $50
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $21.00
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Whitney Farms Golf Club Monroe $55
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $23
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $75
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $46
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $49.5
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $46
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $49
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $40
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $35
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $51
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $49
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $27
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Banner Country Club Moodus $40
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.5
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $43
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
Birchwood Country Club Westport $50
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $14
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $35
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Raceway Golf Club Thompson $25.00 - $37.00
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