Sporting Clays Course
The 50-target course is a pleasant walk through the woodlands offering 13 different shooting fields. Sporting Clays emulates hunting using clay targets instead of live game. Clay targets can be thrown to simulate the flight patterns of low-flying ducks, teal coming off the water, or woodcock zipping through the trees. They can even replicate the pattern of a hopping rabbit. Each shooting field has two traps and the popular presentation is a report pair. The shooter calls for the first target and when the shooter fires, the second target is thrown (on the report of the shotgun).
Eye and ear protection are required and shot size must be 7-1/2, 8 or 9. Shotguns are available for rent and ammunition is available for purchase. Click here for a complete set of Grounds Rules.
Sporting Clays is a shotgun sport for the whole family and an excellent option for business entertaining. With minimal coaching, even someone who has never shot before can enjoy a round of Sporting Clays. And the sport offers opportunities for conversation and fellowship set in the relaxing outdoors.
In the early 1900s, a number of British shooting schools adopted the use of clay targets to practice for driven-game shoots. Clay target shooting quickly attracted a large following. It became a stand-alone sport as actual game hunting in England diminished. Sporting Clays was imported to the United States in the mid-1980s where it has enjoyed growing popularity across all segments of American society, with the fastest-growing segment being women.
The game is comparable to golf in two ways. 1) Just as a golfer goes from hole to hole, a Sporting Clays shooter goes from one station on the course to another. At each station, the shooter encounters a different kind of shot which mirrors the wild game of the area. 2) The layout and design of the Sporting Clays grounds depend on the natural habitat and terrain of the area, providing each course with its own challenges and character.
Sporting Clays takes shooting one step farther than its cousin shooting sports, Skeet and Trap, by removing the predictability of the clay's path and offering the shooter variety that changes at each station. This makes the sport challenging enough to be stimulating, but it is not so difficult that it becomes discouraging. A shooter does not need to have a brilliant score to get a terrific amount of satisfaction. Perfect scores are extremely rare.