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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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Whitney Farms Golf Club
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Monroe $30
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $28
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $40
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $24
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $14
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $22.5
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $73
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $15 - $24
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $25
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $41.65
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $14
Black Birch Golf Club
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Moodus $10
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $15
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $20
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $25
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $29
Southington Country Club
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Southington $15 - $37
Windham Club
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North Windham $20 - $32
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $15
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $35
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $25
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $10
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $30
Stanley Golf Course - Blue/White
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New Britain $32.00 - $53.75
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $27
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $37
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $12 - $23
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $35
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $12 - $20
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $9
Fox Hopyard Golf Club
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East Haddam $25
White/Red at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $32.00 - $53.75
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $39.00 - $65.00
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $32
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $52
East Hartford Golf Club
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East Hartford $29
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $11
Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $21 - $43
Skungamaug River Golf Course
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Coventry $39
Candlewood Valley Country Club
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New Milford $25 - $38
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $16
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $45
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $85
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $32
Orange Hills Country Club
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Orange $20
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club
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Trumbull $20 - $42
Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $14
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $45
Red/Blue at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $32.00 - $53.75
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $28
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $30 - $44
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $22
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $13
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $20
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $24
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $29.75
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $12 - $36
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $48.5
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $25 - $64
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $29.25
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $169 - $199
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $25
Orchard's Milford $16
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $31
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $95 - $195
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Redding Country Club West Redding $75 - $96
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Gillette Ridge Bloomfield $35
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Homewood Acres Golf Course Woodbridge $10
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $37
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $30 - $45
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $28
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $16
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $21
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $37
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Great Neck Country Club Waterford $50 - $70
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $33.00 - $36.50
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $31
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
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