Rifle Golf at Utah’s Spirit Ridge is a hot, new sport for marksmen.

Shotgunners have skeet, trap and sporting clays and now there's…

Shotgunners have skeet, trap and sporting clays and now there’s a new game in town for long-distance riflemen, thanks to Spirit Ridge Rifle Golf. This 10,000-acre shooters’ paradise, located a short drive north of Salt Lake City, Utah, offers more than 30 realistic wildlife targets set at distances ranging from 175 to 1,300 yards.

Marksmen can test their long-range accuracy on multiple rifle golf targets set up at different angles and slopes along a 6-mile course. ATVs are used to travel to each of the four stations and shooters can choose from the classic course for newcomers or the more challenging masters’ course. Each hole or target is assigned a par value depending on the degree of difficulty. Shooters can cut strokes from their score by hitting the life-size wildlife targets in the vitals area. Successful shooters are rewarded by a “dinging” sound when they hit the steel target fitted to each silhouette.

“Rifle golf is an ideal way for hunters to practice their shooting skills. You’ll become a better shooter and identify your limits regarding how far you can accurately and consistently shoot,” said Jeff Petersen, Spirit Ridge guide. “For target shooters who love long-range shooting, rifle golf is a thrilling competition.”

Spirit Ridge Rifle Golf, set against the backdrop of north central Utah’s sweeping vistas, is a great place for friends and family to enjoy a fun target shooting adventure. Groups of four to six shooters are accompanied by a guide who assists with locating targets and scoring.

Each shooting station sits on a concrete slab covered by a metal awning and is equipped with shooting benches, a picnic table and chairs for participants, guides and spectators. The club house features meeting space, restrooms, showers and other amenities. Guests also will find lodging and restaurants in nearby Tremonton, Utah.

A single event costs only $50 and discounts are available for more frequent visitors. Spirit Ridge also can cater to larger groups and regularly hosts tournaments.

“We’re a one-of-a-kind shooting facility,” Petersen said. “While there are plenty of places to shoot targets, there’s no other operation like this. Nobody else has a range of this size and variety.”

Book your tee time now by calling 435-764-6980 or visit the website at Spiritridgeriflegolf.com.

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