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