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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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Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $73
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $50
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $50
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $36 - $41
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $29 - $45
Whitney Farms Golf Club
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Monroe $39
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $42 - $49
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $16
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $35
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $25
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $37
Windham Club
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North Windham $20 - $32
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $15 - $24
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $38
Banner Country Club
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Moodus $28
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $25
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $29
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $23
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $21
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $15
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Southington Country Club
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Southington $15 - $37
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $29
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $25
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $35
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $25
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $16 - $25
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $14
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $45
Candlewood Valley Country Club
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New Milford $25 - $38
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $30 - $44
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $38
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $46
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $35
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $52
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $46 - $56
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $45
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $12 - $23
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $30
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $42 - $49
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $21
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $12 - $20
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $18 - $69
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $23
Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $21 - $43
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $75 - $125
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $20 - $49
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $38
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $58
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $38
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $25.00 - $37.00
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $33.00 - $36.50
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $37
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $29.25
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Gillette Ridge Bloomfield $35
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $37
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $31
Orchard's Milford $16
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $48.5
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $16
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $30 - $45
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $21
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $12 - $36
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $21.00
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $25 - $64
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $35.50
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Homewood Acres Golf Course Woodbridge $10
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $28
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Madison Country Club Madison $80
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $31
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $35
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
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