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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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Shennecossett Golf Club
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Groton $21 - $43
Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane
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Woodbridge $20
Gilead Highlands at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $25
Gillette Ridge
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Bloomfield $30 - $50
Richter Park Golf Course
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Danbury $73
Tradition Golf Club At Wallingford
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Wallingford $20
Anderson's Glen at Blackledge Country Club
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Hebron $41
South/West at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $49
West/North at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $49
Portland Golf Club
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Portland $40 - $50
Woodhaven Country Club
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Bethany $15
Indian Springs Golf Club
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Middlefield $16
Pequabuck Golf Club
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Pequabuck $38
Laurel View Country Club
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Hamden $19
North/South at Elmridge Golf Club
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Pawcatuck $49
Red at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $24
Guilford Lakes Golf Course
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Guilford $16
Minnechaug Golf Course
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Glastonbury $14
Windham Club
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North Windham $20 - $32
North Ridge Golf Club
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Southington $15
Norwich Golf Club
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Norwich $22 - $35
Black at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course
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Fairfield $24
Goodwin at Goodwin Golf Course
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Hartford $37
Long Hill Country Club
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East Hartford $32
Manchester Country Club
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Manchester $58
Miner Hills Golf Course
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Middletown $12 - $20
Oak Hills Park Golf Course
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Norwalk $28
Connecticut National Golf Club
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Putnam $36
Green at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $38
White at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $38
Sterling Farms Golf Course
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Stamford $40
Portland Golf Course West
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Portland $38
Woodbridge Country Club
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Woodbridge $60
Quarry Ridge Golf Club
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Portland $52
Copper Hill Golf Club
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East Granby $23
Hop Meadow Country Club
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Simsbury $65
Player at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $40
Ridgefield Golf Course
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Ridgefield $40 - $60
River Ridge Golf Course
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Jewett City $35
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
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Bloomfield $33
Candlewood Valley Country Club
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New Milford $25 - $38
Tower Ridge Country Club
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Simsbury $39
Apple Nine at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $12
Red at Tunxis Plantation Country Club
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Farmington $23
Rolling Greens Golf Course
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Rocky Hill $12 - $23
Pequot Golf Club
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Stonington $25
Jones at Lyman Orchards Golf Club
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Middlefield $42
Oxford Greens
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Oxford $35 - $55
Buena Vista Golf Course West Hartford $12
Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury $90
Twin Hills Country Club Coventry $26 - $34
New London Country Club Waterford $94
Norfolk Country Club Norfolk $45
Harry R. Brownson Country Club Huntington $60
White Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Hunter Golf Club Meriden $52
Ridgewood Country Club Danbury $82
Quinnatisset Country Club Thompson $25 - $64
Blue Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Westwoods Golf Club Farmington $29.25
East Mountain Golf Course Waterbury $31
White at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Red Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
Litchfield Country Club Litchfield $56
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range Groton $15 - $22
Sunset Hill Golf Club Brookfield less than $50
Grassy Hill Country Club Orange $49
Bull's Bridge Golf Club South Kent $0
Brooklyn Country Club Danielson $10
Nine Hole at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Shuttle Meadow Country Club Kensington $65
North Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $115 - $195
Clinton Country Club Clinton $76
Woodstock Golf Course Woodstock $11
Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford $70
Indian Hill Country Club Newington $59
Old Lyme Country Club Old Lyme $50
Black Hall Club Old Lyme $75
Farmingbury Hills Golf Club Wolcott $14.50
Southington Country Club Southington $12 - $36
Rock Ridge Country Club Newtown $60
Course at Yale New Haven $118
Oronoque Village Country Club Stratford $65
Suffield Country Club Suffield $53
Fairview Country Club Greenwich $75
Vineyard Valley Golf Club Pomfret Center $14
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course Greenwich $40
Torrington Country Club Torrington $47
Green Nine at Tumble Brook Country Club Bloomfield $75
New Haven Country Club Hamden $85
Knolls at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $20 - $42
Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield $70
Eighteen at Race Brook Country Club Orange $85
Blue Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $20
Redding Country Club West Redding $91
Washington Golf Club Washington $30
Glastonbury Hills Country Club South Glastonbury $60
Banner Country Club Moodus $25
Fenwick Golf Club Old Saybrook $22
Sleeping Giant Golf Course Hamden $18
Newtown Country Club Newtown $30
Country Club of New Canaan New Canaan $96
Silver Spring Country Club Ridgefield $110
Shorehaven Golf Club East Norwalk $95
TPC River Highlands Cromwell $88
Wee Burn Country Club Darien $75
Red Nine at Blue Fox Run Golf Club
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Avon $49
Connecticut Golf Club Easton $85
Short Beach Golf Course Stratford $14
Canaan Country Club Canaan $15
Highland Golf Club Shelton $30
Sier Crest at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $22.50
Sier Hill at Silvermine Golf Club Norwalk $45
Watertown Golf Club Watertown $59
Sharon Country Club Sharon $48
Twin Lakes Golf Course North Branford $10
White at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $21.00
Rockledge Country Club West Hartford $15 - $41
Alling Memorial Golf Course New Haven $21 - $27
Western Hills Golf Course Waterbury $31
Quarry View Golf Course East Canaan $12
Madison Country Club Madison $80
Gainfield Farms Golf Course Southbury $16
Chanticlair Golf Club Colchester $17
Cedar Ridge Golf Course East Lyme $22
Cedar Knob Golf Course Somers $28
Stanwich Club Greenwich $150
Connecticut Golf Land Vernon $6
Eastwood Country Club Torrington $18
Patterson Club Fairfield $90
Candlewood Lake Club Brookfield $24
Keney Park Golf Club Hartford $37
Raceway Golf Club Thompson $25.00 - $37.00
South Course at Lake of Isles North Stonington $90 - $120
Country Club of Farmington Farmington $80
Fox Hopyard Golf Club East Haddam $90
Red at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Hawk's Landing Country Club Southington $48.5
Willow Brook Golf Course South Windsor $28
Rolling Hills Country Club Wilton $90
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course Fairfield $57
Mill River Country Club Stratford $80
Orchard's Milford $16
Aspetuck Valley Country Club Weston $70
Heritage Village Country Club Southbury $50
Whitney Farms Golf Club Monroe $55
Rolling Meadows Country Club Ellington $25
Pomperaug Golf Club Southbury $51
Wethersfield Country Club Wethersfield $80
Crestbrook Park Golf Course Watertown $37
Country Club of Darien Darien $85
Airways Golf Course & Country Club West Suffield $21
E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course Stamford $54
Farms Country Club Wallingford $83
Simsbury Farms Golf Club Simsbury $12 - $36
Timberlin Golf Club Kensington $33.00 - $36.50
Tradition Golf Club At Windsor Windsor $25
Orange Hills Country Club Orange $25 - $53
Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield $18
Blue/Green at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Club at River Oaks Sherman $45
Red/Blue at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
Woodway Country Club Darien $110
Hillside Links Deep River Center $17
Ellington Golf Center Ellington $18.50
Hop Brook Golf Course Naugatuck $29
Great River Golf Club Milford $105
Greenwich Country Club Greenwich $110
Ellington Ridge Country Club Ellington $92
Mohegan Sun Country Club At Pautipaug Baltic N/A
Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield $60
Burning Tree Country Club Greenwich $95
Chippanee Golf Club Bristol $60
Topstone Golf Course South Windsor $49
Green/Red at Hartford Golf Club West Hartford $94
South Pine Creek Golf Course Fairfield $16
Tallwood Country Club Hebron $37
Grassmere Country Club Enfield $25
Lake Waramaug Country Club New Preston Marble Dale $59
Round Hill Club Greenwich $75
Highfield Club Middlebury $28
Green Woods Country Club Winsted $28
Goose Run Golf Course at Naval Submarine Base Groton $33
Rockrimmon Country Club Stamford $85
Harrisville Golf Course Woodstock $14
Skungamaug River Golf Course Coventry $35
North at Goodwin Golf Course Hartford $19.5
Stonington Country Club Stonington $70
Westport Longshore Golf Club Westport $20 - $46
Blue at Golf Club of Avon Avon $97
Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton $42
Hotchkiss School Golf Course Lakeville $35
Tamarack Country Club Greenwich $100
Wampanoag Country Club West Hartford $75
Milbrook Club Greenwich $45
Highland Greens Golf Course Prospect $14
Innis Arden Golf Club Old Greenwich $60
Birchwood Country Club Westport $60
Gleen at Tashua Knolls Golf Club Trumbull $13 - $20
Blue/Red at Stanley Municipal Golf Course New Britain $35.50
Wallingford Country Club Wallingford $77
Farmington Woods Golf Course Avon $50 - $66
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