There are two ways to de-stress when on Lanai.
Option A is to head to the beach at the Four Seasons Manele Bay and relax in the sun with some cold pineapple, ice water, and Evian spritzes.
Option B is to pick up a 20 gauge shotgun and blast clay pigeons into a hundred tiny pieces! 😛
If you’re in the mood for Option B, then head to the Four Seasons The Lodge at Koele and ask them to sign you up for some fun at Lanai Pines Sporting Clays.
When you get there–via the 5 minute complimentary shuttle ride–you’ll find options for pros, beginners, and everywhere in between. In fact, in case shotguns are a little too much for you, you can opt for some air rifle target practice or perhaps some archery!
Sheila and I had the opportunity to take the 45 minute beginner’s lesson. Accompanied by a certified instructor we got to shoot off about 25 rounds each–enough to get the feel for sporting clays.
While I’d had the chance to shoot some clays in the past, I am by no means an expert. Our instructor taught us how to “follow” the flying clay and squeeze the trigger when it reached its highest point–apparently the easiest way to miss the clay is to try and aim at it. Who knew!
Sheila had never fired a BB gun before, let alone a shotgun, so I knew this was going to be interesting.
Surprising both herself and me, she was somewhat of a natural. On her first station, she easily picked off half of the sporting clays with her 28 gauge–female friendly–shotgun. I made a mental note to never upset her again! 😛
The 14-station course provides you with a lot of variety and flying patterns for the clays–there are even clays that mimic bouncing rabbits. Those were fun, but I think Sheila still had memories of Peter Rabbit, so she couldn’t bring herself to hit any of the rabbit targets. Well, that’s her story and she’s sticking with it!
If the sporting clays aren’t enough of a challenge for you, Lanai Pines also offers a skeet field, wobble traps, and a compact sporting range. If you’re a regular shooter, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
For the rest of us, Lanai Pines Sporting Clays is definitely a fun outing. The staff are superb and you’ll likely hit your first target in no time. And don’t worry, if you still need de-stress some more, the beach and Evian spritzes will still be waiting for you down at Manele! 😉
What to Know When You Go
* Lanai Pine Sporting Clays is open daily from 9am to 4:30pm
* There’s a free shuttle from the Four Seasons The Lodge at Koele. Check in with reception about 10 minutes before your scheduled time.
* It’s a little cool up at Lanai Pines, so consider long pants and maybe a sweater.
* Wear a hat or visor to keep the wind from blowing your hair in front of your eyes.
* Lanai Pines will provide you with the shotgun, shells, protective vest, glasses, and ear plugs.
* Shooting any kind of gun comes with risk, so you’ll need to sign a waiver before they let you out on the range.
* The introductory lesson last approximately 45 minutes and you’ll pay around $50 per person (which includes the shells). You’ll end up shooting at 4 of the 14 stations.
* Lanai Pines also offers advanced lessons and you can, of course, simply go and shoot on your own.
* They have a contest running to win a crystal pineapple if you shoot enough air rifle or archery targets.
* Been drinking, have a shoulder injury, or are a convicted felon? They won’t let you shoot.
* View photos from our sporting clays lesson.
* Any questions? You can call them at 1-800-321-4666