CCPRC Sporting Clays
Corpus Christi Pistol and Rifle Club (CCPRC) is proud to announce the ribbon cutting and grand opening of it’s new Sporting Clays course on Saturday December 16, 2017 at 10:30 am. CCPRC is a member based and directed club, professionally managed facility, which has been the premier shooting complex for Corpus Christi and the surrounding communities since 1938. The 182 acre facility is totally dedicated to the shooting sports, encompassing skeet, trap, five stand, pistol, rifle, and now Sporting Clays. All the shotgun sports (skeet, trap, five stand and sporting clays) are open to the public. The new Sporting Clays course is a 16 station sporting clays course on 45 acres. The landscaping was designed to look much like the coastal grass plains of Texas with oak motts (groves) scattered around the course with plenty of open area to set targets.
The Sporting Clays course is the culmination of a process started in May of 2015 with a Target Range Grant application presented to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department by club manager Craig Cook and sporting clays committee chairman Jeff Hyde (now President of the Board of CCPRC). The grant program with the Texas Parks & Wildlife, through a federal assistance grant with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (under the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937, most often referred to as the Pittman–Robertson Act). The Pittman–Robertson Act is funded with the taxes gun owners pay when they buy firearms and ammunition. The grant process was lengthy and very detailed with successful Environmental Assessment, Cultural and Biological Assessments being completed.
The course designer who was very helpful in the process is Heyward Cunningham of Promatic, Inc., one of the premier course designers in the world and the machines are all Promatic which are some of the best sporting clays machines on the market. Heyward comments that “the course will be a target setter’s dream with all the open space and air in which to set and throw targets”. Also helpful is assisting on the grant process was Steven Kocurek of KLM who was the main contractor for the construction phase. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department expressed excitement about the project knowing it will provide additional opportunities to the public in an area of Texas that is currently under served for Sporting Clays. It will also provide additional training for new hunters under controlled live fire conditions on a greater variety of simulated game targets.
Sporting Clays is the fastest growing clay target shooting sport in the USA. Often referred to as “golf with a shotgun” as shooters either walk the course with a push cart or ride in a golf cart, and like golf is often shot with a foursome. Adding Sporting Clays to the existing selection of offerings here at the club will make CCPRC the most complete shooting sports club south of San Antonio and it is all in one location. The Sporting Clays course like all our other shotgun clay target sports will be open to the public during normal club operating hours. We are already getting request from several fundraising groups to set dates for shoots. Those interested in having an event based on Sporting Clays need to contact the club manager. The construction of the course involved building a cart path that is just under a mile around the course, building several small berms/small hills for landscaping effects, addressing drainage around and within the course, planting trees, bushes and grass, as well as building the 16 stations, three of which are elevated platforms. The construction process was started on August 15, 2017, and is 99% complete with a few additional trees needing to be planted. Hurricane Harvey and the recent rain/snow storm delayed construction by about three weeks. Besides being open to members, their guests, and the public, the club will also be using the course for the annual Nueces County 4H Trap and Skeet Club shoot and will be having fun shoots, registered NSCA/TSCA shoots on a regular basis.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Initially the course will be open on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 pm to thirty minutes prior to sunset (about 5:00 pm in the winter and 7:00 pm in the spring summer) Wednesdays from 10:30 to thirty minutes prior to sunset, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to thirty minutes prior to sunset. The club will have golf carts for rent. Pictures of the course and more info about CCPRC and the course can be found at these websites;
Located on about 45 acres our course has 16 stations currently with 12-14 active at any one time. In the future we will move our five stand which will reduce the course to 15 stations.
The following is a copy of the rules for our course and a copy of a sporting cart agreement that will be required to be able to bring a cart to use on our course. You can p[rint it out and complete prior to your arrival and must have a permit issued prior to using your cart on CCPRC property.
CCPRC has a limited number of clay carts for rental for use only on the Sporting Clays course. For larger fundraiser and corporate events we can arrange for more carts at a rate to be determined based on event details. On a regular basis carts will rent for $30 for under 3 hours use and for 3 or more hours the rate is $75.00 for that day.
Our introductory rate for Sporting Clays will be $0.35 a target for members and their guest starting December 16 (contingent on TPWD approving the start date). For non-members the cost is $0.50 per target. Please visit with CCPRC manager to obtain details if interested in a Corporate or fundraiser event.
It is very important for shooters to read and understand the rules. Limiting shot size to 7 1/2 or 8 shot is critical to everyone's safety. Limiting loads to no more than 1-1/8 oz is also a key factor in safety. Members are responsible for what ammunition their guest are using on the sporting course just like on all CCPRC property.
Registered Sporting Clays shoot flyers: