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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 Wallingford
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Wallingford $20
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $46
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $24
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $35
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $50
Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $21 - $43
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $35
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $20
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $12
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $37
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $29
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $52
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $35
Windham Club
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North Windham $39
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $37
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $30
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $31
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $15
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $20
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $12 - $20
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $30
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $25
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $38
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $13
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $60
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $35
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $18
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $35
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $37
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $52
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $24
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $58
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $23
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $38
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $70
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $23
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $42
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $45
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $23
Candlewood Valley Country Club
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New Milford $30
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $12 - $36
Orchard's Milford $16
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $33.00 - $36.50
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $48.5
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $46
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Birchwood Country Club Westport $50
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Banner Country Club Moodus $25
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Southington Country Club Southington $12 - $36
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $35.50
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $21
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Raceway Golf Club Thompson $25.00 - $37.00
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $29.25
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $40
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Mohegan Sun Country Club At Pautipaug Baltic N/A
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.5
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $37
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $14
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $31
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $31
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $21.00
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Woodstock Golf Course Woodstock $11
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Vineyard Valley Golf Club Pomfret Center $14
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $35
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $28
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Whitney Farms Golf Club Monroe $55
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $37
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $25 - $64
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
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