French Lick Resort has a new group experience in its arsenal: sporting clays. A new 73-acre shooting range, which winds along the Lost River behind West Baden Springs Hotel, opened late last month and is designed to accommodate both novices and pros alike.
Often referred to as “golf with a shotgun, the sport is a form of clay pigeon shooting that simulates the thrill of hunting by offering a wide variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations, distances and target sizes. Shooters are presented with 6-10 targets, thrown in pairs, at each of the 12 stations, for a total outing of 50-100 targets per person for the entire course.
Meeting planners have been clamoring for a course to add to their meeting agendas. “We started receiving inquiries at least six years ago,” said Adina Cloud, Director of Sales and accomplished markswoman. “Planners know that shooting activities teach concentration and discipline and build camaraderie amongst participants.”
The Boy Scouts of America Central Region was the first group to take advantage of the new course. This was fitting since the addition of the range helped solidify the contract almost two years ago. “They came from 14 states all the way from Montana to West Virginia and even down into Texas, and they were impressed with the course layout and design,” said Cloud.
Upon hearing about the addition of the new range, the Indiana National Guard added a shoot to their annual conference. “I think the Sporting Clays was just one highlight of our conference this year, but it was a big one,” said Michael Sturm, Executive Director of the National Guard Association of Indiana. “It was the leadoff event for our board of directors, corporate partners and Indiana leadership to include First Lady, Janet Holcomb. And it was the most talked about event throughout the weekend, with the buzz continuing back to Indianapolis following the conference.”
The Sporting Clays at French Lick Resort is open for groups of ten or more and can be booked through the resort’s group sales office. All shooting events must be scheduled a minimum of 10 days in advance.
Sporting clays are just the latest enhancement the resort has made to attract more groups since the $20 million expansion of the Meeting & Event Center in 2015. In addition to the 163,000 square feet of traditional meeting space, the resort also offers a number of unique indoor and outdoor spaces throughout the property’s 3,200 acres. For a full list of group experience offerings, please visit the resort’s Meeting & Event Planning Guide.