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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 $42 - $49
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $50
Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $21 - $43
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $29 - $45
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $25
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $30 - $50
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $73
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $24
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $24
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $29
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $15
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $16
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $16
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $40 - $50
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $16
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $22 - $35
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $38
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $36
Windham Club
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North Windham $20 - $32
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $20 - $49
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $30 - $44
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $12 - $23
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $12 - $20
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $38
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $58
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $60
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $35
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $60
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $35 - $55
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $38
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $24
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $12
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $45
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $37
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $52
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $23
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $38
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $26
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $16 - $25
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
Candlewood Valley Country Club
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New Milford $25 - $38
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $25
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Orchard's Milford $16
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Raceway Golf Club Thompson $25.00 - $37.00
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $21
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $35.50
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Madison Country Club Madison $80
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $28
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $25
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $37
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $37
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $35
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $40
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $31
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Mohegan Sun Country Club At Pautipaug Baltic N/A
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $21.00
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $31
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Banner Country Club Moodus $25
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $16
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $33.00 - $36.50
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Southington Country Club Southington $12 - $36
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Vineyard Valley Golf Club Pomfret Center $14
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Woodstock Golf Course Woodstock $11
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $25 - $64
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $25
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $48.5
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $29.25
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $12 - $36
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Whitney Farms Golf Club Monroe $55
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