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Our Team

Back row (L to R) – Josh, Don, Andrea 
Front row (L to R) – Ally, Pat, Gwen, Anne, Rick, Jack

About Silver Willow

– Hello! –

Our mission is to create a unique, outdoor, shotgun shooting experience for members, families, guests, and private events within a safe, exciting, and social setting.

The Club

Silver Willow Sporting Club was founded in 1988 as a family-owned & operated business. Today, the club proudly maintains that distinction with the fifth generation of Days still enjoying the family property.

Originally established as a bird release club, Silver Willow has evolved into a full-service sporting clays, five-station “Duck Pond,” and skeet field facility. Silver Willow has been operating off the grid since 1988, using both solar and wind power, composting toilets and a full recycling program. Throughout the property, the fully automated clay target throwers are completely solar-powered.

Just 30 minutes north of Calgary, Alberta, Silver Willow is located 5 minutes west of the small country town of Carstairs and is home to 30 acres of a dedicated wetland Ducks Unlimited site.

Two separate courses await all levels of shotgun enthusiasts with targets for beginners/intermediates and more challenging targets for the experienced shooter. Feel the thrill of hunting as 40 and 65 foot towers throw clay targets over natural terrain simulating the excitement of wild game bird flight.

Silver Willow has become a destination point for all levels of local and international shooting enthusiasts. The original clubhouse, a cookhouse/conference centre, and the Gun Brothers café make Silver Willow the perfect setting for both registered and non-registered shoots as well as private and corporate events.

Interested in experiencing the thrill of shooting Sporting Clays, taking a lesson with a certified instructor, or hosting a corporate team-building event? Call today 403.337.2490 !

Have a shotgun enthusiast or hunter on your gift-giving list? Silver Willow is home to Day & Co. Shooting Sports retail store handling Browning, Winchester and Zoli shotguns.

Our Team

Ally – Reception 
Ally serves our clients from the reception area for the summer season. She is the hub of Silver Willow, both answering the phone and the many emails as well as giving excellent customer service for all our members and clients.

Pat – Reception and Café
Pat serves our clients on a part time basis. Delivering great customer service from her reception desk and threw baking the famous Banana Bread in the Café. She is also the support person for the events coordinator.

Anne – Events Coordinator
Anne serves as an events coordinator on a seasonal and casual basis. She manages all the private event bookings, greeting and facilitating each All Inclusive group. You will also see her entering inventory and serving our clients as a receptionist.

Rick – Customer Service
Rick serves clients at the gun counter on a part time basis, both with giving out rental guns and selling new guns. He also helps with items in the store and fills in for reception as needed. The official fire starter for the wood stoves and even makes the perked coffee from time to time.

Jack – Course and Grounds Maintenance
Jack serves our clients by taking care of everything outdoors. He fills machines and keeps the course tidy as well as maintains the outdoor equipment, doing any course maintenance work and aids in building projects. He also keeps the shells stocked and wood pile full for our fireplaces!

Dale – Course and Grounds Maintenance (not in photo)
Dale takes care of the outdoor work on a as needed basis. He loads machines, does equipment repairs as well as aiding in building projects.

Josh, Andrea, Gwen, and Don’s roles are on the Day Family Bios page.

 

 

Our Journey

 

1988 – 10 station sporting clays course opens with manual clay target throwers

 

1989 – Original clubhouse is built and powered by a “passive” solar system

 

1995 – Automatic clay target throwers are introduced

 

1998 – A solar-powered, fully automatic 14 station course is completed

 

2010 – A five-stand “duck pond” station is completed

 

2012 – A wireless, remote iPull control system is added to all 28 machines on the course.

 

2013 – The Cookhouse/Conference Centre opens
– A second seasonal sporting clays course opens
– The total number of automatic clay target throwers increases to 62
– The “Shotgun Academy” and “Day & Co. Shotgun Sports” retail store opens

 

2015 – Canadian Firearms Safety Courses are offered monthly
– Introduction of safety video for “walk-on shooters”
– Repurpose Shotgun Academy for safety orientation sessions, CFSC training, and office space
– Renamed Ringneck Lodge.
– Newsletter published monthly
– The total number of automatic clay target throwers increases to 70

 

2016 – The Blue “Winged Teal” Course reopens following the approval and acceptance of the Municipal Development Permit
– Roofs are added to shooting stands
– New washroom facilities are completed

 

2017 – Opened the Skeet Field
– 2 more target throwers were added to each station on the Blue Course as well as new, upgraded, wireless iPull system

 

2018 – Expansion of the Day & Co Store
– Became a members-based facility

 

2019 – Upgraded all golf carts – now offering 2-seaters and 4-seaters
– Added international wobble trap station to skeet field

 

2020 – Upgraded pathways
– Launched web store with shotguns and shooting accessories & apparel

 

2021 – installed new wireless controllers on the Green Course