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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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Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $35
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $30 - $50
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $30
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $26
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $24
Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $21 - $43
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $24
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $29
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $26
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $44.99
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $29
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $29
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $35
Windham Club
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North Windham $20 - $32
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $35
Southington Country Club
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Southington $34
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $35
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $32
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $16
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $18
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $16
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $35
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $37
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $21
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $12 - $23
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $32
Banner Country Club
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Moodus $8
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $42
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $58
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $35
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $27
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $52
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $12
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $44
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $60
Candlewood Valley Country Club
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New Milford $25 - $38
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $23
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $23
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $70
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $24
Whitney Farms Golf Club
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Monroe $25
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $28
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $13
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $26
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $16
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $36
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $13
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $10
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $44
Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $25
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $48.5
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $28
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $37
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $21
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $33.00 - $36.50
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $35
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $16
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $30 - $45
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $31
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $21.00
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Orchard's Milford $16
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $25 - $64
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $31
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $29.25
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $35.50
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $37
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $12 - $36
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