Sporting clay course opens near Cuero
June 6, 2017 at 10:12 p.m.
Updated June 6, 2017 at 10:35 p.m.
Mike Davis' decade long goal of opening a sporting clay course has come to fruition.
The 59-year-old Cuero native partnered with Albert Hahn, 64, of Cuero, to open Eagleford Sporting Clays in May.
The friends met last fall, realized they had the same goal through conversation and decided around Christmastime to start planning their joint company.
The mission of the company is to provide local nonprofits with a venue and sport for fundraisers, Davis said.
"Locally, they struggle with new ideas to raise money," he said. "You can have your barbecues . but this offers a different perspective for raising money."
Eagleford Sporting Clays is the only sporting clay course in the Crossroads, with the closest being in San Antonio and Houston, Davis said.
This course will give Crossroads organizations and nonprofits more opportunities to fundraise, Davis said.
For example, the Yoakum Rotary Club has an annual fundraiser for sporting clays, but has to host it on private land and buy insurance for the event. The Eagleford Sporting Clays course is already insured. The Rotary Club also has to rent equipment for the event. All equipment except for shotguns and safety gear is provided at the course.
"Let's say you wanted to do a team building exercise for your business, you could come out," he said. "It's an option to do that. The main focus of our business is we want to make sure if you're working for or participating in the 4-H, FFA, Lions Club or Rotary Club, it gives you an opportunity at a local level to use the venue."
The facility has a 5,000-square-foot pavilion for events. The course has 10 stands where participants shoot 10 clay birds.
"Clay shooting is a very fun sport," Davis said. "If you like shooting, if you like guns and game and whatnot, it's a very challenging sport. It offers you an opportunity to do something out of the ordinary like baseball, football or golf."
Davis works for MCR Global, an energy and industrial services and products provider, and plans to retire in about five years and focus solely on the course.
"Everyone who has visited has said what a great idea this is," he said. "They have been extremely supportive of the facility and the location."