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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 $30
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $24
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $22
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $35
Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $21 - $43
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $35
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $27
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $19
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $25
Southington Country Club
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Southington $34
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $25
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $29.99
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $25
Windham Club
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North Windham $20 - $32
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $24
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $27
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $10
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $30
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $10
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $37
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $33
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $21
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $16
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $21
Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $22
Candlewood Valley Country Club
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New Milford $25 - $38
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $15
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $36.5
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $24
Whitney Farms Golf Club
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Monroe $25
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $10
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $79
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $28
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $52
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $25
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $35
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $45
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $33
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $45
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $32
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $28
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $10
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $15
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $20
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $12 - $23
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $23
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $30
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $27
Banner Country Club
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Moodus $8
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $16
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $10
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Orchard's Milford $16
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $31
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
New London Country Club Waterford $94
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $31
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $34
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $37
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $16
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $21
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $37
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $21.00
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $29.25
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $48.5
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $35
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $34
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $30 - $45
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $33.00 - $36.50
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $35.50
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $12 - $36
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $34
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $25 - $64
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $28
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
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