A relatively new club, a club run by volunteers!
Excellent directions can be found on the club's web site and visitors should not have a problem finding the club.
Ten minutes from the club we stopped at the McDonald's located near the Daytona Flea & Farmers Market, as the club does not have running water. They do have two portable rest rooms.
A crowd was present when we arrived.
It was refreshing to see a number of younger shooters. I guess if you charge a reasonable price, they will come...
I saw a number of hunting and pump guns, as is the norm when around the not so serious shooters. Out to have a day of fun...
Not to say I did'nt see a few serious shooters!
Prior to me describing our visit, let me talk about the people. Not one stuffed shirt to be found. Everyone was friendly, both shooters and club staff, both on the trap side and the skeet side.
As for the visit, the club has two stand-alone skeet fields and two stand-alone trap fields. An open area saw two shooters using a hand trap.
Prior to shooting, you sign a liability release and then purchase tickets to shoot. You place your name on a waiting list and wait your turn, presenting a ticket to the appropriate range officer when it's your turn to shoot. You're not allowed to mobilize a field and must leave the field after the round if another squad wishes to shoot.
I'm told that this is the case on most days, especially during the first hour. If you arrive maybe one and a half hours after the club opens, you can pretty much get in the rounds you wish without leaving the field. Wednesday is supposed to be a slack day.
I gather trap has been widely popular from day one, with skeet just recently seeing a large number of shooters.
We shot both skeet and trap and I don't remember any machine or target hiccups.
I shot off a Promatic on the trap field and it never missed a beat. Both trap fields had voice release. I think I shot a 24 and a 23.
Modern machines on the skeet field we shot on, but I did not check the manufacturer.
Only one round shot, a 24.
Biodegradable white flyer targets were used. I saw all orange targets and black rim targets. I'm under the impression black rim targets will be the targets purchased in the future. A pretty clean background and black rim targets would seem the best choice.
The clubs fields are powered by generators. The generators are off in the distance with the fields hardwired. You would not know they were there unless you walked by them.
The club has plans to install a 5-Stand in the near future. They are also planning on installing an additional skeet and an additional trap field and, at some point, Sporting Clays. The goal for completion is three years!
A smart use of building material was evident with metal sheeting used to cover the frames on both the skeet and trap houses. The trap house roofs were built to tilt up for ease of access.
Only 16-yard trap can be shot when shooting trap at this time, but handicap pads will be installed.
The trap fields still need additional landscaping to include moving fill. I believe I was talking to Dick Richer about the trap fields. After talking to Dick, I can promise the trap fields will be at ATA standards when he gets finished with them as he is one of those small handful of volunteers that we all see at most clubs that just gets it done.
If you plan on shooting at the club more than two or three times, it's advised you become a member. The membership fee is one of the better deals found in Florida.
The club is a diamond in the rough and it's future is bright...
Club Visit Photos