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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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Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $28
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $25
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $20
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $22
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $20
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $40
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $20
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $44
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $29
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $32
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $34
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $30
Windham Club
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North Windham $39
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $48
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $29
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $20
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $15
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $12
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $52
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $47
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $21
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $35
Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $20
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $30
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $32
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $22
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $42
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $28
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $30
Hawk's Landing Country Club
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Southington $48.5
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $35
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $38
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $25
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $58
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $60
Keney Park Golf Club
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Hartford $37
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $36
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $37
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $47
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $34
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $25
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $49.5
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $29
River Ridge Golf Course Jewett City $35
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $64
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $49
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.5
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $23
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $49
Raceway Golf Club Thompson $37
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $38
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $51
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $20
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $51
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $49.5
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $14
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $46
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $46
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $27
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Southington Country Club Southington $50
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $26
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $24.75
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $35
TPC at River Highlands Cromwell $88
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $49
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $58
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $23
Banner Country Club Moodus $40
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $23
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $40
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $50
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.5
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $35
Orchard's Milford $16
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Whitney Farms Golf Club Monroe $55
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $75
Mohegan Sun Country Club At Pautipaug Baltic N/A
Vineyard Valley Golf Club Pomfret Center $14
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor
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Windsor $25
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Birchwood Country Club Westport $50
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $43
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $49.5
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $49
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $31
Rolling Greens Golf Course Rocky Hill $25
Woodstock Golf Course Woodstock $19
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $28
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