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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 Wallingford
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Wallingford $20
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $50
Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $21 - $43
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $23.5
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $46
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $35
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $24
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $20
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $34
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $12
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $35
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $48
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $37
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $37
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $24
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $20
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $15
Windham Club
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North Windham $39
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $30
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $25
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $23
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $58
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $60
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $32
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $42
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $12 - $20
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $40
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $70
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $12
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $35
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $20
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $23
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $30
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $40
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Candlewood Valley Country Club
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New Milford $30
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $39
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $37
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $18
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $25
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $35
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $24
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $29.25
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $31
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $12 - $36
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $33.00 - $36.50
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Orchard's Milford $16
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $40
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Woodstock Golf Course Woodstock $11
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $35.50
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Whitney Farms Golf Club Monroe $55
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $21
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $28
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.5
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $37
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $21.00
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $37
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Southington Country Club Southington $12 - $36
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Raceway Golf Club Thompson $25.00 - $37.00
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $35
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club Pawcatuck $37
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $46
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Vineyard Valley Golf Club Pomfret Center $14
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $25 - $64
Mohegan Sun Country Club At Pautipaug Baltic N/A
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Banner Country Club Moodus $25
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $48.5
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $31
Birchwood Country Club Westport $50
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $14
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
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