What To Expect
Kiowa Creek Sporting Club… more than just an outdoor shooting range.
We feature a year-round sporting clays course that is the finest in Colorado. It’s the perfect environment for participating in a corporate event, enjoying an outing with family and friends, or honing shooting skills on your own.
Often referred to as “golf with a shotgun,” Sporting Clays is an increasingly popular shotgun sport in which players shoot pairs of targets in various presentations to realistically simulate game bird hunting. Our beautiful clay shooting course provides the ideal setting as it winds along a wooded section of Kiowa Creek. It features 25 thoughtfully designed stations – including our trademark truck station – and is easily accessible by foot or golf cart.
Our shooting club welcomes both members and non-members and provides opportunities for every level of shooter, from
beginner to expert. Newcomers to the sport will enjoy the more basic stations, while the experienced shooter can take on a wide variety of target presentations, including midis, rabbits, and chandelles. Our 85’ mobile tower allows for particularly unique presentations to challenge even the most advanced shooter. All stations utilize the fully automated Claymate system, and single shooters can take advantage of its delay option. Because station configurations are changed on a regular basis, it’s always a new experience for your day of shotgun clay shooting at Kiowa Creek.
If you are not equipped for a day at the sporting clay range, we can provide everything you need. Both shotgun and golf cart rentals are available, and eye and ear protection and ammunition are sold in our pro shop. We also offer a variety of accessories for clay target shooting and have an excellent selection of branded apparel to remind you of your outing. Non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks are available in our distinguished clubhouse, where you are welcome to relax after your day of shooting.
If you have been wondering where to shoot sporting clays near Denver, look no further – come to Kiowa Creek Sporting Club to enjoy Colorado clay pigeon shooting at its finest!
Kiowa Creek Sporting Club’s latest addition is a fully automated 5-stand, an entertaining sporting clays game that allows for maximum interaction between shooters. Up to five people can shoot at one time, making it an exciting and fast-moving game. It consists of 25 targets shot from five shooting stands, with each shooter rotating from stand to stand. The 5-stand game utilizes eight different traps to simulate various game birds. Targets are released in a predetermined sequence marked on a menu card in front of each shooting cage. This game is particularly suited to groups of 5 to 15 people and may be reserved for a two-hour time segment for your private party or corporate event.
Our 5-stand sporting clays controller utilizes the same counter card system as our sporting clays course, allowing for maximum flexibility for your day of shooting, and includes the capability to program in a delay for a single shooter.
Could your small group use a little coaching? With 5-stand in particular, we find an instructor is essential if your group is made up of inexperienced shooters. Please reach out to one of our recommended shooting instructors to ensure your event will run smoothly and everyone has a good time.
What To Expect For Sporting Clays
Planning your visit:
We do not take course reservations for recreational shooters, but we do suggest you check our calendar for course availability prior to heading out for your visit. Plan to bring your shotgun, ammo (7-1/2 shot or larger), and eye and ear protection if you have them. If you would like to rent a shotgun or golf cart, please call ahead to reserve these items. You can also speed check-in by completing your release form ahead of time. Check out our Sporting Clays FAQs for loads of additional information. Please consult our Events page for groups of 10 or more.
When you arrive:
Park in the area adjacent to the clubhouse and keep guns in your vehicle. Have all your shooters check in with our friendly front desk staff and complete our release form if you have not already done so. We issue one target counter per squad (usually up to six shooters), scorecards, and any rentals, and hold one credit card per individual checking out a counter and/or rental. Purchase eye and ear protection and the appropriate ammo on site if needed. Then drive your vehicle or golf cart down to the lower parking lot to get started.
On the course:
If it is your first time at Kiowa Creek, one of our range officers will meet you on the course. In a typical round of sporting clays, participants shoot five pairs at each of ten stations to comprise a 100 target “round”. However, you may shoot as little or as much as you like at whatever stations you choose. You are only charged for the actual number of targets thrown. For a group of three or four people, expect to spend around two to three hours if you are shooting a full round of sporting clays.
Stations are clearly marked along the course. Each station has a photo of the landscape, with arrows showing where the A and B targets will be thrown. The photo also indicates whether the targets are intended to be thrown as a True Pair (both targets launched simultaneously when the shooter calls “Pull!)) or Report Pair (the first target launched when “Pull!” is called, the second launched when the gun is fired at the first target).
Place the counter in the white plastic clip on the controller; this is what activates the system and counts your targets. One person (the “puller”) uses the remote to launch targets for the person shooting. Each shooter takes his turn at all five pairs of clay targets before play moves to the next shooter. To keep score, record an “X” for a hit and an “O” for a miss. Record any broken birds (target already broken when coming out of the launcher) or no birds (no target thrown when button is pushed) in the far-right column of your scorecard. If you have three broken or no birds at a single station, even if not consecutive or with the same shooter, please stop throwing targets there and move on to another station. Return the remote to its holder before proceeding to the next station. Be sure to take your counter with you to each station and back to the clubhouse for check-out, along with any rentals. We will tally your charges for the targets thrown plus any rentals or purchases and can divide the total between your participants if you wish.
At the 5-stand:
The 5-stand pit is located across the road from the end of our pavilion building. You can have up to five people in the stands at once, so it is ideal for groups of 5 to 15 people but can also be put on a delay for a single shooter. It utilizes the same counter card system as the sporting clays course, so you may shoot in both areas with a single counter.
Place the counter in the white plastic clip on the controller; this activates the system and counts your targets. Then switch to the large handheld controller for launching targets or to start the solo delay. You have the option of playing the 5-stand game or simply shooting as many rounds as you wish from select stands.
For the 5-stand game, each stand has a different menu of one single, one report pair, and one true pair to be launched from the eight throwers out in the field. With a shooter in each stand, each takes a turn shooting their single, then their report pair, and finally their true pair. At this point, each shooter has shot five times. Then everyone moves over one stand and repeats the process until everyone has shot from each stand for a total of 25 targets per person.
We are pleased to recommend the shooting instructors listed below, whether you are new to shotgun shooting or just need help mastering a particularly challenging presentation.
Please contact instructors directly to set up a lesson. You will pay the instructor for the lesson and Kiowa Creek for the targets used.
Meet our Shooting Instructors
NSCA Certified Level 1 Sporting Clays Instructor
“In 2008 I was certified as a Level 1 Sporting Clays Instructor by the National Sporting Clays Association. Since then I have been instructing all levels of shooters from beginner to tournament shooter. I instruct individuals, families, husbands and wives, and groups. I work to increase your ability to hit the target and enjoy shooting sporting clays.”
NSCA Level I Instructor
“I started shooting at the age of 7 following my father around the shooting range. Over the past 45+ years I have placed at the state and national level most notably becoming the Colorado State Champion 5 different years and becoming the National Pump and Side by Side Champion. My favorite part of shooting is spending time with my family at most shoots and introducing new shooters to my passion.”
Certified NSCA Level 2 Instructor
Certified NRA Level 2 Coach
Certified NRA Instructor
“As a Masterclass sporting clays shooter and NSCA level 2 instructor, I have found an innovative approach that takes your style of shooting and makes the targets slower and easier while bringing out your natural talent. These are some of the basic fundamentals that I teach that can accelerate the learning curve.”
Jon has won the US Open 8 times, was on the All American First Team 26 times, and has won 7 team gold medals shooting for Team USA. He was also the first inductee to the NSCA Hall of Fame in 1998 and shot on the PSCA for 2 years. He has been a shooting instructor since 1987.
Sporting Clays FAQs
What is Sporting Clays?
People often refer to sporting clays as “golf with a shotgun.” It consists of shooting five pairs of targets at each of ten stations, totaling 100 clay targets. Target presentations vary between stations. This variety makes sporting clays the most realistic simulation of bird hunting and makes it fun and challenging for both recreational and competitive shooters.
At our sporting club, individuals are not committed to shooting 100 targets. You have the flexibility of shooting as many or as few clay targets as you like and are charged accordingly at $.55 per target for non-members (or $.40 per target for members).
Do you have trap shooting and skeet shooting?
We have a 25-station sporting clays course and a 5-stand course but do not have trap and skeet shooting.
What is the difference between trap and skeet shooting and sporting clays?
Trap shooting is a shotgun sport in which clay targets travel away from the shooter at various angles. All clay pigeons are thrown from a single machine. Trap shooters shoot five shots from each of five stations arranged in a semi-circle. The game consists of 25 shots.
Skeet shooting is a shotgun sport in which targets thrown from two different machines cross one another in the air, one high and one low. Skeet shooters shoot from each of seven stations arranged in a semi-circle. The game consists of 25 shots – 17 singles and 8 doubles.
Sporting Clays is a shotgun sport often referred to as “golf with a shotgun,” as shooters move through 10 different stations, shooting five pairs at each station. Target presentations vary between stations. This variety makes sporting clays the most realistic simulation of bird hunting. It also makes it fun and challenging for recreational and competitive shooters. This game consists of 100 shots.
How long does it take to shoot a game of sporting clays?
For a group of 4 shooters, plan to spend about 2 to 3 hours on our sporting clays course and allow some extra time to check in and check out in our clubhouse. Actual shoot time will vary based on the number of shooters per squad, how fast a group shoots, and the number of shots taken.
What is 5-stand?
Five-stand is a sporting clays game in which shooters rotate between 5 stands positioned adjacent to one another on a compact course, taking 5 shots at each stand. Clay targets are released from 8 machines according to sequence menus posted at each stand. The game consists of 25 shots. It is an entertaining, fast-moving game that allows for maximum interaction between shooters and is ideal for groups of 5 to 15 people. Targets are priced the same as for sporting clays ($.55 per target for non-members or $.40 per target for members).
What are your hours and availability?
Our hours are 8am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday. You must be finished shooting and back up to the clubhouse before 5pm.
Hours vary for major holidays. See our Calendar page for these changes.
April through October is our event season, so please check course availability on our Calendar or call 303.644.4627.
Weather conditions may affect course availability. It must be at least 20 degrees outside, and we cannot throw targets if there is heavy rain or snow. After snowfall, there will usually be some delay in the course reopening due to necessary clearing of ice and snow. Feel free to call for information on course conditions.
Do we need reservations?
We do not take reservations for small groups of recreational shooters. However, if you would like to rent a shotgun or golf cart, we strongly recommend calling ahead for those. For groups of 10 or more, please see our Events page.
What availability do you have on your sporting clays course?
Please check course availability on the Calendar page of our website, especially during our event season of April through October. During these months, there may be times some stations are unavailable to recreational shooters due to scheduled events. The calendar will show you what stations are available each day for the coming weeks. Please keep in mind that availability is subject to change, so check back for the latest information. You can always call us at 303.644.4627 with any additional questions.
Do I have to be a member to shoot at your sporting club?
No. We have pricing for members and non-members. Dog training field and dove hunting are the only privileges exclusively for members.
What is the cost to shoot sporting clays?
We charge for the actual number of targets that are thrown, so cost is per target:
Non-members: $.55 per target ($55 if shooting 100 rounds)
Members: $.40 per target ($40 if shooting 100 rounds)
What is the check-in process?
All shooters check in at the clubhouse before going out to the sporting clays course or 5-stand. We will go through the following with you:
Release Form: Everyone who will be on the course must complete a release form. Children under 18 must be listed in the Minor Children section of the responsible adult’s release. We suggest completing the release before coming out to the facility. You may access the form here.
Counter Card: We issue one counter card per squad (this card counts the number of targets thrown) and hold a credit card for each counter card issued. We return the credit card when the counter is returned at checkout and can then divide up the charges between your shooters, if you like. We suggest squads of no more than 4 to 6 people as larger groups tend to bog things down.
Eye and Ear Protection: Eye and ear protection are required for everyone on the course, whether shooting or not. Prescription or sunglasses are fine for eyes. We sell safety glasses and foam ear plugs.
Ammo: All ammo used for sporting clays must be 7-1/2 shot or larger. Please see ammo information below. We have ammo available for sale.
Gun and Golf Cart Rentals: If you have reserved any gun or golf cart rentals, you will claim them at check-in. Please bring your own shotgun if possible. Shooters can share guns; we generally suggest two shooters to a gun. We offer 12-gauge and 20-gauge gun rentals if needed. Please see gun rental and cart rental information below.
The What To Expect section above provides additional information about your visit.
What safety equipment is required?
Eye and ear protection are required to be worn by everyone on the course, whether shooting or not. Prescription or sunglasses are fine for eyes. We sell safety glasses and foam ear plugs.
Are children allowed on the sporting clays course?
Yes! We welcome you to bring your children with you to enjoy the day. Children on the course must be accompanied by an adult. The child must be listed on an adult’s release form and must be able to keep eye and ear protection on at all times and follow all safety requirements.
Are dogs allowed on the sporting clays course?
Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash at all times.
What do I need to know about shotgun rentals?
Shotgun rentals are $25.
We will make a copy of your driver’s license and hold a credit card while you have the shotgun. We must hold the card of the person using the gun, regardless of who pays.
Please reserve shotguns in advance to ensure availability.
All shotguns are Beretta Silver Pigeon over-unders. We have twelve 12-gauge and three 20-gauge rentals.
26” for the 20-gauge guns
26” or 28” for the 12-gauge guns
Improved cylinder for bottom barrel
Modified for top barrel
We do not have any specifically youth or left-handed guns.
Many of our rental guns do not have beads. In sporting clays, a shooter is usually most successful when keeping both eyes open and on the moving target.
What do I need to know about golf cart rentals?
Golf cart rentals are $25.
Golf carts fit 4 people.
Only licensed drivers may drive a cart.
Carts must stay on the pathway.
Please reserve carts in advance to ensure availability.
Can I bring my own golf cart or ATV?
Yes, but any gun racks must be vertical. All golf carts and ATVs must stay on the pathway.
Do I need a golf cart?
A golf cart is not required. Our main course is an easily walkable one-quarter mile in length, but some folks prefer to use a cart to carry their ammo or because of mobility issues.
Do you have push carts available?
No, we do not rent push carts.
Can I bring my own clay targets?
No, we provide all targets. Our throwers are preloaded for your visit.
Do you sell ammo, or can I bring my own?
Shotgun ammo is available for sale in limited quantities. We sell 12, 16, 20, 28, and .410-gauge ammo.
Max shot size is 7-1/2 for sporting clays, 6 for hunts.
Max is 1-1/8 oz, 2-3/4 inch, 3-1/4 dram.
No magnum or high brass is allowed. (If high brass meets all the other requirements above, it is okay.)
What are your shotgun requirements?
You must be able to shoulder the stock.
Minimum barrel length is 18”.
No shotguns larger than 12-gauge are permitted (no 10-gauge); 12, 16, 20, 28, and .410 are okay.
If the shotgun has a magazine, you may only load 2 shells at a time.
Do you have shooting instructors?
We have several shooting instructors we can recommend who give lessons at our course. Please contact them directly to schedule a lesson. You will pay the instructor for the lesson and Kiowa Creek for the targets used. Click here for information on shooting instructors.
Do you have an on-site gunsmith?
We do not currently have an on-site gunsmith. Homeland Gunsmithing is located near Kiowa Creek Sporting Club. Visit Homeland Gunsmithing for more information.
Do you offer gun storage?
No, we do not have a gun vault.
Do you do gun transfers?
No, we do not currently do gun transfers.
How much is a membership, and what are the benefits?
An individual membership is $300 per year and includes children under 18 on the parent’s membership. You may add additional adult family members for just $200 per year per family member.
Individual membership includes the following:
100 free clay targets for use on our sporting clays course.
Member rates for sporting clays ($40 per 100 clays vs. $55 for a non-member) and upland game bird hunts.
Dog training privileges on the property.
Dove hunting privileges, in season.
A reduced-price lesson with one of our recommended shooting instructors (one time only).
A complimentary evaluative session with our on-site dog trainer (one time only).
Guests of members may pay member rates for their first 3 visits with any member (lifetime). After that, they may purchase their own membership or choose to pay non-member rates.
Do you have corporate memberships?
Yes! A corporate membership allows 10 individuals to receive member benefits and includes 1,000 targets plus the release of 10 pheasant and 10 chukar for hunts. We can also customize a corporate membership to suit your company. Please call 303.644.4627 for more information. You can find more information on our Rates & Membership page.
Do you have leagues or other organized shoots?
We do not have leagues, but we hold holiday-themed fun shoots throughout the year that the whole family can enjoy! We also host several registered NSCA tournaments each year for competitive shooters. See our Events page for more information.
What are the NSCA and CSCA?
The NSCA is the National Sporting Clays Association. This association records members’ scores in competition, registers competitive shoots, holds a national championship each year, provides a myriad of achievement awards, and promotes the sport of sporting clays.
The CSCA is the Colorado Chapter of the NSCA. Please visit their website for information on membership and upcoming tournaments.
What is an NSCA event?
An NSCA event is a nationally recognized competition shoot in which scores and number of targets shot count toward shooter ranking with NSCA and CSCA.