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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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Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $25
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
Hebron $50
Whitney Farms Golf Club
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Monroe $20
Raceway Golf Club
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Thompson $10
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $25
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $24
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $25
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $30
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $38
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $16
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $12
Miner Hills Golf Course Middletown $12 - $20
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $10
White/Red at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $21.5
Rolling Greens Golf Course Rocky Hill $12 - $30
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Woodbridge Country Club Woodbridge $60
East Hartford Golf Club
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East Hartford $21
Southington Country Club
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Southington $28
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $44
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $27
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $30
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $5
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
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Baltic $50
Fox Hopyard Golf Club
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East Haddam $35
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $15
River Ridge Golf Course Jewett City $35
Orange Hills Country Club
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Orange $20
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $22
Woodstock Golf Course
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Woodstock $12
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $25
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $10
Quarry Ridge Golf Club Portland $52
Ridgefield Golf Course Ridgefield $40 - $62
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
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Pomfret Center $12
Windham Club
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North Windham $14
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $10
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $16
Shennecossett Golf Club Groton $21 - $43
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $28
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $12
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $12
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $34.5
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $20
Red/Blue at Stanley Golf Course
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New Britain $21.5
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $42
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $25
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $16
Black Birch Golf Club
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Moodus $13.5
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $44
Candlewood Valley Country Club New Milford $25 - $38
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $25
Stanley Golf Course - Blue/White
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New Britain $21.5
Portland Golf Course
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Portland $21
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $25
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $12
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $15
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $14
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $18
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $37
Skungamaug River Golf Course
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Coventry $18
Hop Meadow Country Club Simsbury $65
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $25
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Orchard's Milford $16
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $14 - $57
Great Neck Country Club Waterford $50 - $70
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $20 - $32
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $17 - $54
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $18 - $28
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $35 - $65
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $169 - $199
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $38 - $45
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $15 - $48
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $95 - $195
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $30 - $45
Redding Country Club West Redding $75 - $96
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $36
Carl Dickman Par-3 Golf Course Fairfield $10 - $16
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $35 - $39
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $44 - $60
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Homewood Acres Golf Course Woodbridge $10
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $57 - $64
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $23 - $45
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $33 - $63
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Timberlin Golf Club Berlin $33.00 - $55.00
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
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