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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 $33
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $15
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $24
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $34
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $30 - $50
Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $21 - $43
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $15
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $52
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $17
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $15
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $16
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $24
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $22
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $24
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $37
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $30
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $24
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $24
Windham Club
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North Windham $20 - $32
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $12
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $24
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $14
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $32
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $27
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $25
Southington Country Club
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Southington $32
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $58
Candlewood Valley Country Club
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New Milford $25 - $38
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $44
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $21
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $35
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $12 - $23
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $15
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $15
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $60
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $15
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $28
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $20
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $32
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $52
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $15
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $30
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $15
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $15
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $10
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $28
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $12 - $36
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $24
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $24
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $16
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $21
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $31
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $48.5
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $21.00
Banner Country Club Moodus $25
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $35.50
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $24
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $29.25
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $37
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Raceway Golf Club Thompson $25.00 - $37.00
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $25 - $64
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $37
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $35
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Woodstock Golf Course Woodstock $11
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $40
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $31
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $33.00 - $36.50
Whitney Farms Golf Club Monroe $55
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Orchard's Milford $16
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Mohegan Sun Country Club At Pautipaug Baltic N/A
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
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