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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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Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $30
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $34
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $20
Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $30
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $20
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $27
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $15
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $15
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $30
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $44
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $44
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $20
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $20
Windham Club
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North Windham $39
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $48
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $38
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $22
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $24.5
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $42
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $35
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $29
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $20
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $25
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $38
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $25
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $36
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $52
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $47
Keney Park Golf Club
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Hartford $37
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $58
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $23
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $32
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $60
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $37
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $30
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $25
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $12
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $28
Hawk's Landing Country Club
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Southington $48.5
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $23
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $47
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $21
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $26
Mohegan Sun Country Club At Pautipaug Baltic N/A
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $28
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $75
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $49.5
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $50
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $40
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $24.75
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Birchwood Country Club Westport $50
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Woodstock Golf Course Woodstock $19
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Orchard's Milford $16
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $23
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.5
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $29
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $64
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.5
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $49.5
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $27
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $51
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $23
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $20
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Southington Country Club Southington $50
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $26
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor
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Windsor $25
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $49
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $51
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $46
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $38
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $58
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $49
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Whitney Farms Golf Club Monroe $55
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $49
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $35
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $31
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Raceway Golf Club Thompson $37
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $49.5
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $49
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Vineyard Valley Golf Club Pomfret Center $14
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $23
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $14
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $43
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Banner Country Club Moodus $40
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $46
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $35
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