“The passion for our program here [at Philadelphia Country] is
evident,” said Vincent Burke, PCC’s Director of Shooting, while looking
around the club’s shooting lounge on a bustling Sunday afternoon in
March. “Having great crowds like this on hand every weekend to com-
pete and socialize is exactly what we strive for. It gets members on-site
and brings an entirely different aspect to a club. To see what we’ve built
Aronimink Golf Club, Huntingdon Valley Country Club, Philadelphia
Country, Philadelphia Cricket Club, The Union League Golf Club at
Torresdale and Waynesbrorough Country Club all boast robust programs
– some historic, others brand new.
“At the Cricket Club, we have deep roots [with shooting sports]. There
had been regulated live pheasant hunting on grounds here dating back to
the 1950s,” said John Mutch, Cricket’s Trapshooting Chair. “When our Militia
Hill course was built, we wanted to keep shooting sports alive here at our
club. That’s exactly what we’ve been able to do, having built our trap pro-
Many tend to be familiar with the sport, but not its rules. It’s fairly
straightforward overall. It even shares a few commonalities with the
game of golf.
Traditionally, there are three types of clay shooting: trap, skeet and
sporting clays, with the former two being the most familiar among
country club contests. Trap utilizes clay targets that move away from the
shooter, while skeet shooting clays cross from side to side. Both formats
typically include 25 shots per player, that are pulled as either singles or
doubles, in each round. In sporting clays -- golf for shotguns – you’ll find
the closest thing to an “in-field hunting experience.” Targets fly from all
directions in this format.
The common rule that all three abide by? Don’t miss.
“Obviously, the goal is to hit every single bird that is in the air. You’ve
got shooters out here with handicaps of 1 or 2, so if you miss even a
single shot, you could be knocked out of the competition. It’s that hit or
miss,” said Mike McCabe, one of Philadelphia Country’s lowest-handi-capped shooters.
Official handicaps are recorded once shooters have established themselves in programs. For reference, shooters at Cricket need to have six
rounds, or 150 shots, in order to reach a handicap number.
While some weekends consist of casual competitive events (think
Association net events), others host high-stake calendar dates (like GAP
Majors). Interclub matches, resembling the BMW GAP Team Matches, are
frequent throughout the season.
An annual “Hospitality Bowl”
is played between area clubs
each year. This regional overall
championship is the ultimate
prize for Philadelphia’s
Traditionally, there are three types of clay
shooting: trap, skeet and sporting clays.
The common rule that all three abide by?
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