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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 $25
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $25
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $35
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $14
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $15
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $30
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $30
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $30
Windham Club
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Willimantic $31 - $46
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $22
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $22
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $37
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $36
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $16
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $23
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $35
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $35
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $58
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $33
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $42
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $21
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $47
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $15
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $25
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $52
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $19
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $15.5
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $35
Keney Park Golf Club
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Hartford $37
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $30 - $44
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $35
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $25
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $25
Pequabuck Golf Club of Bristol
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Pequabuck $42 - $57
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $45
Hawk's Landing Country Club
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Southington $48.5
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $47
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $35
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $28
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $49
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $35
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $33.5
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $52
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $20
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $49
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $49
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Shennecossett Golf Club Groton $60
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $24.75
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $49.5
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $64
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $52
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Woodstock Golf Course Woodstock $19
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Connecticut National Golf Club Putnam $30
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $38
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $49.5
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $28
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $29
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Southington Country Club Southington $50
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $51
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor
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Windsor $25
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $76
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Rolling Greens Golf Course Rocky Hill $25
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Mohegan Sun Country Club At Pautipaug Baltic N/A
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $43
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
River Ridge Golf Course Jewett City $35
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $75
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Raceway Golf Club Thompson $37
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $52
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $14
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $49.5
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.5
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $23
Hop Meadow Country Club Simsbury $87
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $50
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.5
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $23
TPC at River Highlands Cromwell $88
Birchwood Country Club Westport $50
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Whitney Farms Golf Club Monroe $55
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Fox Run at Copper Hill East Granby $29
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $58
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $51
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $46
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $23
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $26
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Orchard's Milford $16
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $49
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Banner Country Club Moodus $40
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $46
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $27
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Vineyard Valley Golf Club Pomfret Center $14
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $49
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $31
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $18
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