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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?


NewEnglandGolf.com 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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Courses

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Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $21
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $16
Whitney Farms Golf Club
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Monroe $20
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $24
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $21
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $25
Red/Blue at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $24
Stanley Golf Course - Blue/White
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New Britain $24
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $34.5
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $18
White/Red at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $24
Miner Hills Golf Course Middletown $12 - $20
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $14
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $30
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Shennecossett Golf Club Groton $21 - $43
Orange Hills Country Club
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Orange $8
Timberlin Golf Club
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Berlin $22
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $18
Skungamaug River Golf Course
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Coventry $19
East Hartford Golf Club
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East Hartford $33
Rolling Greens Golf Course Rocky Hill $12 - $30
Ridgefield Golf Course Ridgefield $40 - $62
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $11
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $25
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $28
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $25
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $37
Southington Country Club
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Southington $15
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $12
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $14
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $26
Portland Golf Course
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Portland $22
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $19
Windham Club
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North Windham $14
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $10
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $20
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $36
River Ridge Golf Course Jewett City $35
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Hop Meadow Country Club Simsbury $65
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $28
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $25
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $25 - $38
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $13.65
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $18
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $8
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $39
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $8
Fox Hopyard Golf Club
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East Haddam $63
Black Birch Golf Club
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Moodus $8
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $13.65
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $20
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $5
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $15
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $29
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $12
Woodbridge Country Club Woodbridge $60
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $8
Quarry Ridge Golf Club Portland $52
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $18
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $57 - $64
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Carl Dickman Par-3 Golf Course Fairfield $10 - $16
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Redding Country Club West Redding $75 - $96
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Great Neck Country Club Waterford $50 - $70
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $33 - $63
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $17 - $54
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $35 - $39
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $15 - $48
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $36
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $23 - $45
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $30 - $45
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club Hebron $50
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Orchard's Milford $16
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $18 - $28
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club Hebron $50
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Homewood Acres Golf Course Woodbridge $10
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $20 - $32
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $44 - $60
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $95 - $195
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $35 - $65
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $169 - $199
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $38 - $45
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $14 - $57
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
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