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