5-Star Sporting Clays Course Opens at the Clark County Shooting Complex in Las Vegas
The opening of a world-class Sporting Clays course featuring elevated and panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip and nearby snow-capped mountains was celebrated at the Clark County Shooting Complex today.
The 75-acre, 30-station sporting clays course has an unparalleled view of the Las Vegas valley. (Sporting clays are also known as “golf with guns” since most users travel between shooting stations in golf carts that have been modified with gun racks) The course will open to the public Friday, Jan. 18.
The 270-degree, elevated, panoramic view that will be offered at the complex is like no other in the world, and shooting stations have been strategically placed featuring backdrops such as Mt. Charleston and the Las Vegas Strip in the immediate background, providing unequalled photo opportunities.
The design by world-renowned outdoorsman and course designer Marty Fischer also involves subtle rolling hills developed around each shooting station, providing each with its own intimate environment. Unlike sporting clay stations at most other courses, this one will feature three shooting positions at each station for a total of 90. The shooting positions will also be labeled in red, white & blue indicating degrees of difficulty associated with the position. Two of the stations offer targets running on the ground, while the others simulate birds in flight.
“This new sporting clays course is absolutely fantastic,” said Commissioner Tom Collins, whose district includes the shooting complex. “It won’t take long for it to become one of the most popular sporting clay courses in the country. Those who are new to shooting will enjoy it just as much as seasoned sportsmen.”
Shooting Complex Manager Steve Carmichael agreed. “Sporting clay courses are probably the most sought-after venues around the country, especially among younger people,” he said. “I think this new course is really going to be a hit with our residents and with tourists. Customers will be able to rent a clays cart, hit the hillside trail and really enjoy what is known as ‘golf with guns’ at our 5 Star-rated facility."
Sporting clays is a form of clay pigeon shooting that is designed to simulate the unpredictability of shooting live birds, offering numerous target flight presentations with variations in speed, distance, elevation and target size. The County’s sporting clays course covers approximately 75 acres. Its designer, Fischer, of Rincon, Ga., is credited with designing more than 100 of the premier courses in the United States and is the most sought-after designer in the country. Fischer also hosts the highly acclaimed “Shotgun Journal” on The Outdoor Channel. The sporting clays course will round out a wonderful assortment of amenities already available at the 2,900-acre complex, located at 11357 N. Decatur Blvd., about five miles north of the 215 Beltway, including:
- Archery Center - The Archery Center houses a known-distance archery range, covered firing points and night lighting.
- Shotgun Center - This feature contains 24 combination Trap and Skeet fields, a 5,443-square-foot shotgun center with a reception area, a pro shop, shotgun storage lockers and a cafeteria. It also features 80 full-service RV sites, a clay target storage building, lit ranges and shade ramadas.
- Rifle-Pistol Center - The Public-Rifle-Pistol Center offers 30 shooting points up to 50 yards; 15 shooting points up to 200 yards; 15 points up to 100 yards, night lights, shade ramadas, concrete shooting tables, covered shooting areas, a 3,000-square-foot building with a convenience store, a reception area, a 30-seat classroom, restrooms and a pro shop.
- Education Center -This 4,400-square-foot building contains three 30-seat classrooms expandable up to one 90-seat classroom, two offices for Nevada Department of Wildlife use and restrooms. It also features night lighting, a 100-meter archery range with 10 positions, a 100-yard range with 10 positions, and a 50-yard range with 20 positions. It includes a shotgun range and two walking field courses.
- Host Site - The Host Site consists of a 30-site, full-service area for the Host Program.
The Clark County Shooting Complex is open for public shooting. The hours of operation at all centers is 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Special events may be scheduled for any day. Equipment rental, ammunition and eye and ear protection are available onsite.
Sporting Clays targets are $32 per 100. A gasoline powered Clays Cart (seats 4) can be rented for a 3-hour period for $25, or all day for $50. Gun rental is available at $20 per day. Ammunition is available at varying prices due to brand, or customers are welcome to bring their own as long as it conforms with our standards (i.e., no shot pellet size larger than 7.5 (lead) or 7 (steel) and shell length cannot exceed 2 3/4". More information about the complex is available at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/shootingcomplex or call the shooting complex at (702) 455-2000. And be sure to follow the complex on Facebook and Twitter! The Clark County Shooting Complex opened its first phase in December 2009 on 178 acres, paid for by money made available through the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act. The site is located on 2,900 acres, including a buffer, on land transferred to the County from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 42 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.