The City of Okeechobee is located just north of Lake Okeechobee, the largest freshwater lake in the state of Florida, and the second largest natural freshwater lake in the United States. A quiet community with lots of wildlife and nature to explore, Okeechobee is also quickly becoming the capital of one of the fastest growing sports in America – clay shooting.
Families are participating in the sport because it provides wholesome family fun, and it gives you hours of excitement in the fresh air. Tournaments draw competitors to Okeechobee from all over the world, and recently, many avid shooters have been moving to South Florida so they can enjoy this outdoor sport year-round in the warm sunshine.
Described as “Golf with a Shotgun,” more than 3 million people of all ages are participating in courses designed to simulate field shooting, and competitors are challenged to a wide variety of targets that duplicate the escape tactics of wild game. Clays “flush” like quail, hop like rabbits, and fly across the sky as fast as the swiftest waterfowl.
Charities have even been getting in on the fun, with organizations like Place of Hope children’s charity, breast cancer awareness nonprofit Knotty Girl, Ronald McDonald House, and the Mark Garwood SHARE Foundation planning clay tournaments to fundraise, among others.
Families are embracing clay shooting in our area because it is a safe, fun, and exciting way to bond with each other in Florida’s natural environment.
Here are some clubs where you can shoot clay in the Okeechobee area:
OK Corral Gun Club, 9449 48th Street NE, Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Located near the north shore of Lake Okeechobee, the OK Corral Gun Club is a destination unto itself on 350 acres of Florida land. Club memberships are available, and the ranch is open to the public 6 days a week.
Quail Creek Plantation, 12399 NE 224th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972
Also located in Okeechobee, Quail Creek Plantation offers two scenic sporting clay courses and a covered 5 stand field, plus quail, turkey and pheasant hunts during their respective seasons. Between shooting and enjoying gourmet southern meals, relax in the dog-friendly cottage and suites. Anglers, there’s also great fishing on site! Quail Creek is open to the public, but offers discount rates for members.
South Florida Shooting Club, 500 SW Long Dr, Palm City, Florida 34956
This world-class facility hosts many nationally recognized National Sporting Clays Association tournaments. Avid shooters join this private club offering various types of memberships, and the club welcomes requests for charity and corporate events.