The Edgefield, S.C., property, which is owned by the National Wild Turkey Federation, is open to the public, featuring two dedicated sporting clay courses navigable by golf carts, five trap and skeet fields, and a 9,300-sq. ft. pavilion. Upon completion, the 700-acre complex will also include a 9,500-sq. ft. roundhouse, 3D archery course, and rifle and pistol range.
At Palmetto Shooting Complex in Edgefield, S.C., a property that management calls “golf with guns,” dogwoods outnumber the azaleas, you rack shotguns instead of clubs, and instead of yelling “fore!” you yell “pull!” the Augusta, Ga.-based WRDW News reported.
The facility is owned by the National Wild Turkey Federation and tucked back on 700 acres of land next to the Federal Correctional Institute. Now open to the public, the destination features two dedicated sporting clay courses, five trap and skeet fields, and a 9,300-sq. ft. pavilion. Upon completion, the complex will also include a 9,500-sq. ft. roundhouse, 3D archery course, and rifle and pistol range, WRDW reported.
“We use Bad Boy Buggie and E-Z-GO carts to travel around the course just like you do on a golf course,” manager Rhett Simmons said.
On the locally made carts, groups of four or six travel from station to station just like you would from hole to hole, appreciating the scenery along the way. And, much like another course in town, they have a name for their tricky spots, WRDW reported.
“Just like at the Masters we call it our Amen Corner because if you can survive this terrain right here and the targets we have, you want to say a little prayer,” Simmons said. “We have everything from flushing quail to decoying ducks to springing teal to a target that actually bounces along the ground like a rabbit. We call it a rabbit target.”
Of course, that’s not to be confused with the real turkeys you’ll find walking around the course. There are two one-mile courses, one for an experienced, competitive shooter, the other more for fun. No matter which course you choose, you only pay for what you shoot, WRDW reported.
“Take the card, place it under the module. The machine beeps at you, and now you’re ready to go,” Simmons said.
A remote hanging beside the card machine deploys the targets, WRDW reported.
“Takes a couple of people because you have to push the buttons for each other and keep your own score. Just like golf it’s an honor type system,” Simmons said. “We are definitely geared towards the new shooter. We’re trying to get more people off the couch and outdoors.”
At this course, getting the “birdie” is a hole in one, WRDW reported.