Technically, Connecticut does not have any indoor driving ranges, but it does have a number of sports and golf centers and clubs with indoor simulators. Some also have indoor putting and chipping greens, full-swing stations or even hydraulic hitting stations that let golfers feel like they are facing an uphill, downhill or side challenge. There are also year-round all-weather driving ranges with covered, heated tees. Some also have lights which allow golfers to hit a bucket of balls after dusk or into the evening. Here are just five of the closest things to indoor driving ranges to be found in Connecticut.

Golf Quest Family Sports Center
One Sand Cut Road
Brookfield, CT 06804
(203) 775-3556
golfquestranges.com

Golf Quest Family Sports Center has received local and even national recognition as one of the best places in Connecticut, New England and even the country as a whole for golfers to practice their swing. There is a massive 6,500-square-foot clubhouse with a full-size indoor putting green and pro shop. In addition to its indoor facilities, it has heated and wind protected tees that are open all year, and which are well-lit for evening and night-time play. They offer private and group lessons and personalized instruction, host summer camps and junior programs and also have a golf school. They also have batting cages and mini-golf and other outdoor facilities in season. Golf Quest has a second center at 125 Jude Lane in Southington, which like the Brookfield facility is open seven days a week.

Canton Indoor Golf Center
220 Albany Turnpike
Canton, CT 06019
(860) 693-4404
www.cantonindoorgolf.com

Although famed mostly for its “Glow Cove” indoor black light 18-hole mini-golf course, the Canton Indoor Golf Center does have eight rooms with high definition golfing simulators. There is also a pro-shop and golf pros who will give lessons and offer swing analysis. The simulators allow golfers to play virtual golf at some of the world’s great courses, such as Pebble Beach and Troon, and can be booked for individuals or parties of up to four per room. Club memberships are also available. The simulator rooms are part of the Year Roundz sports bar side of the house, which means that virtual golfers are a very short walk away from the traditional 19th hole.

Fore Seasons Golf Club
28 Old Amity Road
Bethany, CT 06524
(203) 393-8724
www.foreseasonsgolfclub.com

The Fore Seasons Golf Club in Bethany has six simulators, two indoor bunkers, a 2,200-square-foot indoor putting green and a 5,500-square-foot indoor foot chipping green with simulated grass turf. There are also 20 full-swing stations inside the massive 25,000-square-foot clubhouse, which allow golfers to hit a ball as far as 30 feet before the ball is captured. To further enhance the golfing experience, there is also a hydraulic hitting station that recreates the feel of uphill, downhill and side lies. All-day, monthly and seasonal passes are available, as is instruction from their pros either individually or as part of a golf clinic. The indoor club is open November through April.

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Sun Station Indoor Golf
Black Ledge Country Club
180 West St.
Hebron, CT 06248
(860) 228-0250
www.sunsationhdindoorgolf.com

Sun Station Indoor Golf at Black Ledge Country Club in Hebron offers two golf simulators where players can practice their swings and virtually golf a full 18 holes. At 2,400 square feet, the high-definition simulator screens are among the largest and most advanced in the state. The Championship Courses, Sun Station boasts, are “reproduced in every detail” to make golfers feel “almost like you are there.” The simulators also have full-motion capture and replay options, which are especially useful for golfers who take advantage of the opportunity to learn from instructors

Torza’s Golf
150 Sebethe Road
Cromwell, CT 06416
(860) 632-1132
www.torzasgolf.com

Torza’s Golf in Cromwell has a long line up of covered, heated and well-lit tees which allow golfers to practice year-round in all but the most inclement of weather. They are open six days a week Tuesday through Sunday, and, if weather is particularly good, will open on Mondays. The driving range is open until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and until dusk other nights. Mini-golf is also available in the winter, weather permitting. Torza’s also has a full-service restaurant and bar on the premises, and, in good weather come spring, opens up its batting cages.

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