Ever since its inception in 1935, the South St. Paul Rod & Gun Club has challenged its visitors? aim and timing in the rugged backwoods surrounding the Mississippi River. At year-round shooting ranges, guests raise their shotguns on four trap-shooting fields and three skeet-shooting fields. They can also travel to eight raised, wooden stands on a 50-target sporting-clay course or switch up positions on a five-stand field, blasting at targets that simulate the flight patterns of various game birds. To challenge technique and speed, the staff fires a range of specialty targets such as vertical-launching springing teals and arcing chandelles.
When not training beginners, instructors host leagues and seasonal tournaments where competitors test their shooting prowess. All visitors can refuel at an onsite restaurant and bar, or stock up on shells, earplugs, and apparel at the pro shop.
Central Square Community Center aims to provide the whole South St. Paul community with workout options, which means the facility boasts a little something for everyone.
Experienced photo gurus Doug Box and Randy Kerr impart practical photo skills to curious shutterbugs during engaging seminars that have appeared across the States and in eight countries abroad. Doug Box, author of myriad photography-technique books, is one of 13 Kodak mentors and is the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His co-teacher, Randy Kerr, heads World Photographic, which uses photography as a vehicle for illuminating humanitarian and environmental topics. Both men have been teaching photography classes for years and help amateurs take photos that capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings.
The accommodating staff at Mattie's Lanes, Sports Bar & Grille eggs on competitive appetites in an alley boasting polished wood lanes, tap brews, and a full restaurant menu of classic grill fare. Automatic scoring systems let players relax between rolls, giving them time to nibble house-made pizza with italian sausage. An onsite pro-shop keeps pin-seeking projectiles on target, and an arcade with skee-ball and video games occupies idle hands before they knit ugly sweaters. Ball hurlers can bask in the black-lit glow of Ultra Bowling nights on Fridays and Saturdays or bring along their closest pin-pummeling buddies to celebrate a birthday party.