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