The chill is in the air, which means it’s time for the Chamber Clays Championship. What started about 10 years ago as an alternative to a golf tournament fundraiser for the chamber, has turned into a highly anticipated annual event for both shooting enthusiasts and novices alike.

The Clays Tournament will take place at Deep River Sporting Clays on Oct. 23. The mission of Deep River Sporting Clays is simple: to offer respite. Their vision is to provide the best family-oriented outdoor recreational and educational experience available. And the values of Deep River include providing an opportunity for a healthy outdoor lifestyle, and encouraging physical and mental wellness.

Located right here in Lee County, on 65 acres of scenic woodlands, Deep River Sporting Clays is celebrating 32 years serving central North Carolina.

It’s one of the best kept secrets in Lee County. Other than the sounds of the shotguns of course, it’s actually a quiet place. A place to relax and let go of your worries for the day. Enjoy the outdoors, and enjoy the company of those with you.

For the Chamber Clays Championship, businesses enter teams of five people who each shoot at thirteen stations, totaling 50 targets. The event serves as both a great team building activity for employees within an organization, and a great opportunity for professionals to network with other businesses.

In addition to shooting the regular course, attendees are able to participate in Side Events. For a little extra cash, folks get a chance to shoot a few rounds with a handgun, shot gun or riffle.

Deep River Sporting Clays is committed to providing an unparalleled experience for each and every guest, whether they are a seasoned competitor or a first-time shooter. For a unique and memorable experience, consider having your next corporate outing at Deep River. They provide the perfect combination of facilities and options to make your event fun for everyone, even if you’ve never shot clays before. It may be the best kept secret in Lee County, but I don’t think it should stay that way for long.

Especially in today’s environment of social distancing, the location, and the sport are a great way to stay apart, yet stay together. This past weekend, I took three of my sons to Deep River for a “Try It Out” package. The instructor was patient and kind with my boys, ages 10, 14 and 15. Jeff started with a safety talk, which is of course of utmost importance! This package allowed the boys learn about gun safety, and gave them the opportunity to shoot riffles. Jokingly, I told the kids I would give them $1 for each bullseye they shot. That was a mistake! One of the boys hit about 15! There are “Try It Out” packages for pistols and shotguns as well. Be sure to call ahead for an appointment.

It’s not too late to enter a team into the Chamber Clays Championship. Just give us a call at the office at 919-775-7341, and we’ll get your team registered.