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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
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $23
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $42.5
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $26
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $28
Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $10
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $73
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $21
Southington Country Club
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Southington $19
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $16
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $32
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $23
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $5
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $15 - $24
Skungamaug River Golf Course
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Coventry $18
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $16
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $13
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $15
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $15
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $14
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $41.65
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $16
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $40
Black Birch Golf Club
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Moodus $10
Windham Club
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North Windham $20 - $32
Orange Hills Country Club
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Orange $20
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $39.00 - $65.00
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $59
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $28
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $37
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $11
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $12
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $36
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $9
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $52
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $16
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $12 - $30
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $32.95
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $45
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $20.35
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $20
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $45
White/Red at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $32.00 - $53.75
East Hartford Golf Club
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East Hartford $29
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $23
Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $21 - $43
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club
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Trumbull $20 - $42
Stanley Golf Course - Blue/White
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New Britain $32.00 - $53.75
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $26.95
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $24
Fox Hopyard Golf Club
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East Haddam $40
Candlewood Valley Country Club
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New Milford $25 - $38
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $12 - $20
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
Red/Blue at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $32.00 - $53.75
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $21
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $35
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $10
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $31
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $35 - $39
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Orchard's Milford $16
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Carl Dickman Par-3 Golf Course Fairfield $10 - $16
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $33.00 - $36.50
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $37
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $18 - $28
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $57 - $64
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $20 - $32
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $95 - $195
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Great Neck Country Club Waterford $50 - $70
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Redding Country Club West Redding $75 - $96
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $30 - $45
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $23 - $45
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $38 - $45
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Gillette Ridge Bloomfield $35
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $15 - $48
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $35 - $65
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Homewood Acres Golf Course Woodbridge $10
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $169 - $199
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $14 - $57
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $31
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
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