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