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This is land like no other

Awaiting you inside the gates, The Preserve Club & Residence offers all that nature provider with endless opportunities for sporting enthusiasts.

3500 rolling, wooded acres of open space easily removes you from a busy life to privacy and luxury where centuries old dry stacked stone walls stand as evidence of man’s toils to till and plant, to imagine and create. That  mission continues today.

Set alongside the busy I-95 corridor is this private place that few Rhode Islanders know exists. Located just 25 minutes from Providence, an hour from Boston, and 2.5 hours from NYC, The Preserve is a draw for many out-of-state member owners that now happily call Rhode Island their home. With a sprawling campus of unspoiled landscapes, The Preserve is also a natural sanctuary where celebrities, CEOs, families, and sports figures find privacy and security and a sense of serenity.

With a growing residential community at the Preserve, Developer Paul Mihailides, a sportsman and Rhode Island resident, is elevating Rhode Island real estate to another level, setting sales records monthly and creating value for Preserve member residents. Paul Mihailides describes, “close to highways, rail, and sea, with every amenity available including the most efficient airport, beautiful beaches, fishing seaports, restaurants, services for food, medical, shopping, and all the adventure New England has to offer.”

Private residences available at the Preserve include eleven new Elegant Townhomes offering gourmet kitchens, vaulted ceilings, in-home elevators, and integrated garages. Red cedar trimmed two, three- and four-bedroom custom homes are built with wide plank wood floors, first floor master suites, and stone fireplaces. The stunning Hilltop Lodge has 19 luxurious, one-level condominiums, where nothing is overlooked, except the horizon out your windows.

Everything begins with thoughtful excavation and finishes with your custom details. Selecting your special home now means pre-construction pricing and time to build your dreams into the quintessential base camp afforded by membership. World-class championship golf on a gorgeous course designed by award-winning golf architect, Robert McNeil expands across long stretches of hills and bends for ponds of rainbow trout.

Mornings climbing rock walls, fly-fishing, or soaring on a zip line is followed by relaxing in a hobbit hillside home magically carved into the earth, on the deck of a yurt or a tall tree house, all with concierge service. As winter eases off the calendar, clay tennis, croquet and paddle courts will return to life, surrounding a new spa facility with its handsome pool house.

Some fifty miles of trails for cross country skiing are losing their white blanket, opening the way for warm days of hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, riding ATV’s and hours of stargazing. The groomed green Scotch plaid of a 10,000 square foot putting green and bocce court sit above the country’s longest indoor shooting range.

“Our entire family are proud owners at The Preserve. Golf, fishing, shooting sports, snowmobiles, and some awesome food. Lodge was super cozy, and the staff is top notch. By far the finest Range and Sporting Shoppe hands down!”
Adam Vinatieri, NFL’s All Time Points Leader

Shooters are surrounded with unsurpassed choices including an indoor range renowned as America’s longest, and a newly expanded and challenging world-class sporting clays course with post and beam covered decks.

Five stands, and archery ranges border tall sorghum fields where pheasants hide and the newest amenity, the members’ Lookout Lodge where overhead porch heaters assure comfort while you improve your clay shooting skills with over 250 different shot presentations.

All is complemented by The Sporting Shoppe, outfitted for your outdoor needs. Silenced by forests, Route 95 is just minutes to the West. An easy drive east on Route 138 takes you to colonial Kingston and its high-speed rails, the finest beaches in our 400 miles of shoreline, Newport mansions, Cliff Walk, fishing, sailing and dining.

Members are just minutes from walking edges of salt pond, riding waves or paddling kayaks. Block Island, treasured for its open beaches, fishing tour naments and fine dining is a ferry ride away; closer by charter boat to the storied fishing grounds. New England has so much to offer; The Preserve Club & Residences is the heart of all your adventures and dreams, and it all starts with your new home. For more information visit ThePreserveRI.com

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For owner of Preserve, dream becomes reality with opening of store, shooting range

For owner of Preserve, dream becomes reality with opening of store, shooting range

By Cynthia Drummond

Sun staff writer

RICHMOND — Before Friday’s ribbon-cutting to officially open his indoor shooting range and “Sporting Shoppe,” Paul Mihalides, owner of the Preserve at Boulder Hills, stood on the staircase looking down at the assembled guests and admitted that he was a bit choked up.

“Im a little emotional today, because my family’s worked so far to achieve such a great goal. My dream has become a reality,” he said.

Mihailides’ dream began in 2013 when he bought the property and began making extensive upgrades, transforming the formerly neglected Boulder Hills golf course into an all-inclusive, members-only sporting club.

The facility, on Kingstown Road, has continued to grow. In addition to an 18-hole golf course, the Preserve now features private residences, a clubhouse and several outbuildings. It employs about 200 people.

There’s much more to come. Expansion plans include a five-story hotel, which has already received approval from the town, a residential and commercial complex of 186 single-family and multifamily units, a convenience store with a gas station, a day care, a health club and gym, an equestrian center, two more clubhouses, and a helicopter landing pad. When  construction is complete, the Preserve will occupy 750 acres.

While some residents, particularly nearby property owners, have objected to the project, efforts to delay it have subsided of late. The leader of an opposition group did not respond to a telephone message.

The Preserve has the unequivocal backing of the Town Council, and three councilors took part in the ribbon-cutting. One of the council’s top priorities has been attracting new businesses to the town, and council President Paul Michaud said the Preserve was an example of the type of development Richmond needs.

“I think this probably is going to be one of the biggest developments this town has ever seen,” he said. “I know some people aren’t that crazy about it, but I think it’s basically a business where it’s not going to have an impact on our school system…It’s going to bring in needed taxes for the town of Richmond.”

Council Vice President Mark Trimmer and councilor Gary Wright also welcomed the expansion.

“I think it’s an excellent, quality, top-notch project,” Trimmer said. “It’s a tremendous boost to the town and it’s an awesome alternative to a shopping mall or another housing development.”

Wright, who wants to improve the appearance of Richmond’s commercial center, said the Preserve was what the town needed.

“The welcome mat is out for businesses like this,” Wright said. “We need the businesses, we need the tax revenue. My big point this year is beautification, and they’re making it look nice, this part of town.”

The Sporting Shoppe and adjacent shooting range, which, Mihailides is fond of pointing out, is the largest indoor range in the country, will open to the public on Saturday.

“My family and our professionals have worked so hard to achieve such a great goal in such a short period of time,” he said. “This is an extraordinary task. We started in November, we got it completed in July. It’s a 50,000-square foot structure. Just the construction alone should have taken a year. Not only did we finish the construction in less than a year, but we opened.”

When the expansion is complete, the Preserve is expected to employ several hundred people. Lt. Gov. Dan McKee cited the development’s economic benefits to the region.

“I toured here before it was built and I heard their vision and not only will it help people enjoy the outdoors and the different activities that are here in Rhode Island, but it’s going to attract people from outside the state,” he said. “It’s going to attract some pretty good economics for the state of Rhode Island. It’s an unbelievable facility.”

cdrummond@thewesterlysun.com

@cynthiadrummon4

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New York Lifestyles – Grand Opening

New York Lifestyles – Grand Opening

New York Lifestyles Magazine – November 2018 Issue, popular with readers as a source for luxury lifestyle and real estate information, featured the new Range and Sporting Shoppe at The Preserve in the November 2018 Issue in the article; The Preserve Club & Residences Celebrates new Range and Lodge, by AP Connolly.

The Preserve Club & Residences in Richmond, Rhode Island, the Northeast’s finest four-season sporting club and community, has garnered a national reputation as “3,500 acres of adventure, exclusivity, and serenity.”

On the strength of that accomplishment, I couldn’t resist the chance to experience Preserve Chairman Paul Mihailides’ latest triumphs, The Sporting Shoppe and The Range at The Preserve, at their recent two-day Grand Opening Event.

To say I was not disappointed would be an understatement. Located in an impressive new 50,000 square foot lodge, the stunning, two-story Sporting Shoppe has been created in the tradition of history’s legendary expedition outfitters.

Step inside, become immersed in an artistically conceived, panoramic display of some of the world’s most coveted bespoke long guns, and realize that indeed you’ve entered the “everything outdoor superstore.”

SO MUCH MORE!

Sporting enthusiasts will find the most extensive inventory and lowest prices on guns and ammo, plus kayaks, canoes, fishing gear, crossbows, gentleman’s and utility knives, and the best brands for hiking, camping, and hunting equipment and supplies.

On display are all-season sporting clothing and even formalwear and cigars. Also available is the Sporting Shoppe Outfitting Program that provides direct access to the best hunting and fishing guides from across the globe.

In the same building as The Sporting Shoppe is The Range, America’s longest indoor range with 150-yard lanes! The universal reaction I witnessed at the grand opening, to the first view down a lane the length of a football field-and-a-half, is gape-mouthed astonishment—followed almost immediately by a widening smile and the irresistible urge to meet the challenge.

All shooting bays boast soundproofing- and reverberation-suppressing technology, and are adorned with custom wood paneling.

The shooting bays are also equipped with a mounted target programming touch screen designed by Meggitt wireless target retrieval systems.

THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE

Shooting enthusiasts can also challenge themselves with 3D Archery, and Golf Simulation and Firearms Training Simulation (FATS®) rooms.

There are no caliber restrictions. Also, handsomely appointed Ram and Fox Den members’ lounges, a reach-in humidor, lockers and gun-safes, a stunning two-story stone focal wall, and full heat and air-conditioning systems further ensure that luxury and adventure can magnificently co-exist. The Range at The Preserve is genuinely the ultimate shooting experience.

The Sporting Shoppe and The Range at The Preserve

Both days saw endless lines of sporting enthusiasts taking advantage of massive Grand Opening specials. Many won spectacular prizes, including hunting gear valued thousands of dollars.

One lucky customer won the coveted, one-year Range Marksman Membership! And more than a few Grand Opening attendees signed up for classes at The Preserve Academy that offers firearm safety courses taught by certified professional instructors for all skill levels.

The Sporting Shoppe is open to the public seven days a week. Multiple levels of Range memberships are available at the current limited time introductory membership pricing, with higher level memberships providing access to many of The Preserve’s amenities including sporting clays, tennis, pool and cabana, and Members’ Lodge dining.

A SPORTING PARADISE

Located 2.5 hours from NYC, 1 hour from Boston, and just one mile off Interstate 95 at Exit 3A, The Preserve Club and Residences has already drawn scores of New Yorkers to its indelibly beautiful and exciting experiences. Hemingway famously called Paris “a moveable feast.”

I submit that The Preserve is a natural feast served with elegance, absorbed for a lifetime.

Additional adventures found at The Preserve across its 3,500 acres include quintessential upland hunting, zip lining, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, championship golf, stocked fishing ponds, world-class sporting clays, ATVs, snowmobiling, equestrian experiences and more.

Private residences are available for purchase for those seeking a wilderness dream home complete with full concierge service. Homes include Signature Residences, Townhomes on The Green, and the Hilltop Lodge Condominiums, offering one-level and multi-level living. Options include private in-home elevators.

For more information on The Preserve Club and Residences and to schedule a private tour call 401-539-4653 or visit ThePreserveRI.com.

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The Preserve Club & Residences. You are Invited – October 27 & 28 – Spectacular Grand Opening Event.

The Preserve Club & Residences. You are Invited – October 27 & 28 – Spectacular Grand Opening Event.

YOU’RE INVITED!  | SPECTACULAR TWO DAY GRAND OPENING EVENT

AT THE SPORTING SHOPPE & THE RANGE AT THE PRESERVE

OCTOBER 27 & 28, 2018

Experience The Northeast’s Most Prestigious Sporting Outfitter and America’s Longest Indoor Shooting Range!

The Preserve Club & Residences, New England’s finest four-season sporting community with 3,500 acres of outdoor and indoor world-class sporting amenities and luxury residential community, will celebrate the Grand Opening of two of its newest and most impressive features, The Sporting Shoppe and Range at The Preserve on October 27 & 28 from 9am – 7pm.

GRAND OPENING: OCTOBER 27 & 28, 2018
You’re invited to our two-day spectacular grand opening event.
Massive Storewide Sales
Fun Promotions & Valuable Prizes
Meet Sporting Brand Reps
Win 1-year Range Marksman Membership
Tours will be provided
Enjoy Refreshments
Take advantage of introductory range membership pricing

EVENT FEATURES:

The Sporting Shoppe, created in the tradition of history’s legendary expedition outfitters, is the everything outdoor superstore. Throughout over 15,000 sf, sporting enthusiasts will find the largest inventory and lowest prices on guns and ammo, plus kayaks, fishing gear, crossbows, gentleman’s and utility knives, and the best brands for hiking, camping, and hunting equipment.  On display are all-season sporting clothing and even formalwear, and cigars. Open to the public seven days a week.

The Range, America’s longest indoor range with 150-yard lanes! Plus 15 100-foot lanes featuring Meggitt programmable target retrieval systems, 3D Archery and Golf Simulation and Firearms Training Simulation (FATS®) rooms.  No caliber restrictions.  Ram and Fox Den member lounges, reach-in humidor, locker and gun-safe rooms, stunning two-story stone focal wall, full heat and air conditioning systems all ensure that luxury and adventure magnificently co-exist.

The Preserve Club & Residences is New England’s finest four-season sporting club and community with 3,500 acres of adventure, including upland hunting, stocked fishing ponds, two sporting clays course, hiking, mountain biking, ziplining, championship golf, ATVs and more, plus a growing luxury residential community.

“The Range and The Sporting Shoppe elegantly represent the pursuit of our core missions,” said Paul Mihailides, owner of The Preserve.  “They deliver technological sophistication, diversity of experiences, luxurious amenities, and relentless dedication to keeping our promises of adventure and exclusivity.”
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The TODAY SHOW July 27, 2018 with news anchor Meaghan Mooney!

The TODAY SHOW July 27, 2018 with news anchor Meaghan Mooney!

Check out The Preserve Club & Residences in the clip above as seen on The TODAY SHOW July 27, 2018 with news anchor Meaghan Mooney!

Watch Meaghan enjoy sporting clays, ziplining, golf, our luxury homes, and more – and hear the first-person story of a Preserve member and home owner who could live anywhere she chooses – and chose The Preserve.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION – Preserve Club and Residence

Time now for summer of fun on NBC 10. Wow. Does that trend, the stress and having an 18 hole golf course at your disposal, it’s just the start of what you and the whole family can do for activities here at the preserve. 3,500 acres of nature’s finest is home to the preserve club and residences.

This membership base club offers great getaways or a permanent retreat.

Where are these homes and amenities? Luxurious. Just ask Karen, a former Bostonian. Now living at the preserve Aaron, but I mean we’re standing in the middle of the ones here at the preserve. So you’re living here as a resident. Tell us about that. I love living here.

We have three stock fishing funds, tennis, golf course rock climb. There’s a beautiful rock climbing wall hike, beautifully furnished tenants with mosquito nets. Uh, the pool will be open in August. It really is unlimited.

I spend more time with my boys then I ever would have imagined they wanted to be with me and outside all the time. That is really, we ATV snowmobile.

So it’s four seasons. Uh, there’s always instruction and safety. So my boys are learning so much respect for guns and respect for the wilderness. It’s really outrageous.

And then we’re five minutes from 95 so I can go back to Boston as needed for any fans of what are the ring? This is a hobbit house. Glamping. Hobbit style is just one of the many things for members to do.

There’s also wildlife sports of hunting and cliche pheasant shoots that they do and people come in from all over the country.

I had no idea the sporting world that even existed, the adventures 10 you with fun activities to see great use of the outdoors.

So much to do. So much to experience and available to the public. Seven days a week is the preserve sporting shop plus downstairs is home to America’s longest automated underground shooting range with 150 yard lanes.

For more information, check out thepreserveri.com NBC 10 summer. Brought to you by the preserve club in residences.

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The Preserve Club & Residences

The Preserve Club & Residences

By Patti Senga

One of the country’s finest sporting communities is right in our backyard, nestled in the picturesque landscape of New England.

Located in Richmond, Rhode Island, The Preserve Club & Residences offers luxury homes set amid 3,500 acres of unspoiled nature, yet is just five minutes from Interstate 95, and 23 minutes from Providence, one hour from Boston and Hartford, and 2.5 hours from New York City.

The Preserve offers private residences of diverse designs and sizes, including Signature Residences, Hilltop Condominiums, and Townhomes, providing both one-level and two-level options.

Reside in the uplands or beside creeks and rivers.

Enjoy wooded privacy and stress-free, maintenance-free living. All residences have easy access to amenities including a 25,000 square foot clubhouse with gourmet restaurant, luxury spa services, and full concierge service.

Signature Residences | The Preserve Club & Residences
Signature Residences | The Preserve Club & Residences

Also, every conceivable outdoor sporting experience is available – world class sporting clays, upland hunting, fishing, zip-lining, hiking, ATV’s, tennis, equestrian, and a championship 18-hole executive golf course, just to name a few.

MAGICAL ADVENTURES
At The Preserve, you can enjoy adventurous “glamping” experiences in luxury Tree Houses and Yurts. Built into hillsides and rock faces, with stone fireplaces, skylights and a round door to suit, the Preserve’s unique Hobbit Hillside Homes conjure images of magical adventures.

Signature Residences | The Preserve Club & Residences
Signature Residences | The Preserve Club & Residences

They are ideal settings for family fun, for the reading and telling of tall tales, and for roasting s’mores. And because they’re a green alternative, they’re kind to the earth.

Within the Preserve’s gates, you will also find The Sporting Shoppe, offering everything from bespoke handcrafted rifles, to custom-built fishing reels, to camping and hiking gear, and even formal wear and cigars.

One of the newest additions for the sporting enthusiast is the longest indoor, underground range in America, with 150-yard-lanes and programmable target retrieval systems, plus 3D archery, a golf simulation room, a members’ lounge, additional restaurant, and reach-in humidor.

At The Preserve, you can come home to nature, adventure, elegance—a life unfettered. There are limited residences and memberships available. Model homes are open daily.

See the full article on page 48 here.

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America’s Longest Indoor Shooting Ranges

America’s Longest Indoor Shooting Ranges

Numbers don’t lie.  Of course, people who cite numbers are quite capable of lying through their yellow teeth.  So in the spirit of full disclosure I stipulate that I have not personally visited, tape measure firmly in hand, any of the shooting ranges referenced below.  I take their claims at face value – but all come with the highest recommendations.

It must also be duly noted that indoor shooting at licensed ranges is one of the fastest growing sporting activities in America. Women – the fastest growing category of gun owners – and men flock to it for reasons as many and varied as the shooters themselves.

THE RANGE AT THE PRESERVE

Coming in at not only America’s longest indoor shooting range, but also the most intriguingly situated and appointed, is The Range at The Preserve at Boulder Hills.  Located in Richmond, Rhode Island and encompassing 3500 acres of what is billed as America’s finest four-season sporting club and residential community, The Preserve is a dream come true for those seeking an outdoor enthusiast’s lifestyle.  But let’s focus on its latest addition: The Range.

The Range at The Preserve. Richmond - Rhode Island
The Range at The Preserve, Richmond Rhode Island

With four lanes at 150 yards – plus 16 100-foot lanes – The Range is the winner of our “longest” competition.  We’re talking poured concrete lanes stretching for one-and-a-half football fields underground.  We’re also talking the highest of high tech thanks to Meggitt Training Systems (the industry leader in live fire and simulation weapons training systems supporting military, law enforcement, and commercial range owners) and its touch screen, wireless, 360-degree rotating, Target Retrieval System.  Shooters can program limitless targeting options.  The Range is climate-controlled and includes FATS and golf simulation rooms and a 3D archery range.  And there are no caliber restrictions.

Range memberships are offered at various levels.

The Range is situated in a brand new, 50,000 square foot building that also houses a lounge, vault room, and reach-in humidor.  Access to these and other high-end features varies and is available to higher level Range members and to Preserve members and residents – as are on-site pool, tennis, golf, and dining privileges (The Preserve is home to an award-winning executive golf course and a gourmet dining facility).

And then there’s The Sporting Shoppe.  Designed in the tradition of history’s legendary expedition outfitters, it boasts 15,000 square feet of retail space where one can view – and purchase – some of the finest and most sought after shotguns, rifles, and pistols on the planet, plus the widest array of ammo and shooting accessories.  Looking to order a bespoke long gun from world-renowned FAMARS (custom-designed, hand-built and engraved and costing up to $300,000)?  Other fine guns from the world’s most respected makers? 

Golf clubs, tennis rackets, fly fishing reels and poles, outer wear, camping and hiking gear, survival gear, even formal wear?  The Sporting Shoppe has you covered.  Dreaming of an excursion to Africa to hunt one of the Big 5, Argentina for the dove hunt of a lifetime, New Zealand for your dream red stag hunt, and so much more? The staff can put you in touch with the globe’s finest hunting, fishing, and photography guides.

The Sporting Shoppe at The Preserve
The Sporting Shoppe at The Preserve

The Range at The Preserve is on schedule for a late winter/early spring grand opening. 
www.therange.club.

COLONIAL SHOOTING ACADEMY

With two Virginia locations (Richmond and Virginia Beach), the Colonial Shooting Academy (CSA) may not boast the longest lanes.  But its comprehensive approach to gun training, sales, and rentals is simply unsurpassed.

Colonial Shooting Academy (CSA)
Colonial Shooting Academy (CSA)

“Safety, Education, Precision”. These are the core elements of the CSA.  And they are taken extremely seriously.  All skill levels are welcome, and in almost every instance a person leaves this range a finer, more responsible, better-informed shooter than when they entered it.

The CSA gun store offers great selection and pricing on new and used firearms, NFA items, ammunition, and just about everything necessary to enjoy the shooting sports.  The “Try It Before You Buy It” program ensures that the customer buys precisely what is right for him or her.

As for training, CSA offers classes at all levels. Special emphasis is placed on concealed carry rules, regulations, and tactical shooting.

The Colonial Shooting Academy is a classic one-stop shop.  It doesn’t get much more functional than this.

For full details visit www.colonialshooting.com

BEN AVERY SHOOTING FACILITY

A bit of history seems in order here.  The Ben Avery Shooting Facility began as an effort on the parts of Ben Avery, Glenn C. Taylor and Jim Beaman, prominent outdoors activists in Arizona in the 1950s, to provide a public shooting facility in the interest of safety. In a letter to the Maricopa County government, Avery summed up the trio’s concerns that the desert around the city had become a “battleground” with recreational shooters and it was a concern for public safety.

Upon selection of the current site, Avery helped finance the initial construction with a $5,000 personal loan and $3,000 in local contributions. Construction began in late 1959, and the facility was completed and operations transferred to Maricopa County in 1960.

Ben Avery Shooting Facility
Ben Avery Shooting Facility

Originally named the Black Canyon Shooting Range, the facility underwent further expansions with the cooperation of the state of Arizona. With the assistance of the National Rifle Association the facility was selected as the 1970 host of the ISSF World Shooting Championships, bringing worldwide recognition to the region as well as the facility.

Preparations for the competition required further development and expansion of the facilities, which saw additional involvement and support from the AZGFD. Phoenix became only the second US city to host the international competition, and was the third and thus far last time it has been hosted in the US.

In 1992 the facility was renamed to the Ben Avery Range.

This world-class shooting range is a City of Phoenix Point of Pride. It has received a Five Star rating from the National Association of Shooting Ranges. This means that it is the best of the best at providing a quality recreation experience and is the first government facility to receive this designation.

Located on 1650 acres in north Phoenix, the facility averages more than 120,000 shooters per year. The facility offers are wide array of target shooting opportunities. This shooters’ paradise is home to a number of regional and national class competitions and other major events.

Ben Avery Shooting Facility is funded by the revenues generated by user fees and federal dollars appropriated through the Pittman-Robertson Act.

With extensive facilities, the Ben Avery Shooting Facility offers a fun and safe environment for all of your shooting needs. Men, women and children ages 5 and older of all experience levels are welcome. Trained safety officers are on the firing line at all times to oversee safety and to offer informal coaching when needed.

The Avery, as seasoned users refer to it, is simply a “must” if you find yourself in Arizona with an itchy trigger finger.
www.azgfd.gov

SHOOTERS WORLD

Located in Tampa, Florida, Shooters World serves up the most advanced indoor firing range in the southeast.  It features three 25 yard pistol ranges with nine shooting lanes each and a 100 yard rifle range with seven lanes. A reactive steel range features various dynamic steel target systems that offer a shooting experience unlike any other. Rentals of Semi-automatic and Fully-Automatic weapons are available. Closed-circuit security monitoring is conducted for the safety of our patrons and employees.

Shooters World Florida
Shooters World Florida

The Shooters World gun range in Tampa is open to the public with range reservations available only for Shooters World Platinum members. Our viewing area and lounge are secured with bulletproof glass and feature a comfortable view of our pistol range, as well as high definition televisions with surround sound. In addition to complimentary soda, coffee, and water, our lounge includes a milkshake machine and snacks available for purchase.

The firing range has been developed to offer the cleanest and most technologically advanced shooting experience available. Since shooter comfort and air quality were the primary concern when building the Tampa gun range, Shooters World developed the air conditioning and filtration system that is the finest of any public indoor shooting range in the country.

Shooters World is rated a Five Star Facility by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for its commitment to gun range appearance, management, customer service, amenities, customer development and community relations.

In addition, Shooters World is proud to offer ADA-compliant pistol and rifle lanes to accommodate guests in wheelchairs or with special needs. The facility is fully accessible, with ADA-compliant parking, ramps, and restrooms.

Again, not the longest of ranges.  But certainly one worth your attention next time you pass through Tampa.
www.shootersworld.com

By Henry Hidell
Special to Outdoor Enthusiast Lifestyle Magazine

This article first appeared in Outdoor Enthusiast Lifestyle Magazine (OELMAG.com)

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SELF- PRESERVATION – Boston Common Magazine

SELF- PRESERVATION – Boston Common Magazine

New England’s four-season luxury sporting retreat lies just outside of Boston. The Preserve Club & Residences

By Sara Cornell

Picture this: 3,500 pristine wooded acres where you can commune with nature, fly-fish for fresh trout or track pheasants for a feast before returning to your private lodge for the evening.

The setting sounds like the English countryside, but in fact, you’re at The Preserve at Boulder Hills in Richmond, R.I., just 90 minutes from Boston. The four-season sporting retreat set on land that was formerly part of Foxwoods Golf Club was the brainchild of owner and developer Paul Mihailides, who imagined a private wilderness where you could spend the day outside without sacrificing any of the comforts of a luxury resort.

The Preserve Club & Residences. Four-season luxury sporting
The Preserve Club & Residences. Four-season luxury sporting

“The Preserve is a remarkable destination, maybe the only place of its kind in the nation. We see it as a legacy property where families and their guests can enjoy a variety of outdoor experiences in an extraordinary setting” says Mihailides. “Yes, you can shoot sporting clays or snowmobile, but what makes it unique is that you can create lifelong memories without spending days traveling. We have everything here.”

A typical day at The Preserve starts with a gourmet breakfast at the 25,000-square-foot members clubhouse followed by clay target shooting from the new hunting lodge. Or perhaps you’d rather spend the day at the equestrian center, where members can board their horses or borrow one to take on the extensive trails.

For those more inclined to leisurely activities, members can arrange for massages and facials in their cabins while the new spa and fitness center is being built. The Preserve is by membership only for those who want to enjoy the grounds and adventure activities like zip lining, rock climbing and skiing (at nearby Haystack Mountain and at The Hermitage Club) except for five hunt days when nonmembers can buy into the event.

On Jan. 18 and Feb. 15, The Preserve will host two of its annual hunt weekends. The day begins with a full breakfast at the clubhouse before a shoot orientation and release of 1,000 birds from the tallest European tower in the Northeast, meaning the birds achieve better height and speed.

Shooters rotate among 12 shooting stands and a warming area throughout the hunt. Melt away the cold after a day outside with a dinner of filet, lobster, roast pheasant and a scotch and cigar pairing at the clubhouse. After a day of fresh air and food, you can lay your head in one of the 2,000- to 4,000-square-foot rustic luxe cabins, heated Mongolian yurts or 200-square-foot stone hobbit houses that were built into the hills of the property.

The Preserve has plans to build 100 customizable homes on the property that are available for purchase, allowing owners access to both a coveted address and an adventure destination.

Pricing for Continental Hunts starts at $2,000, 87 Kingstown Road, Richmond, R.I., 401.539.4653, thepreserveri.com

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The Preserve at Boulder Hills Continues to Grow

The Preserve at Boulder Hills Continues to Grow

By BRUCE VITTNER

This is the first time that we have ever had guns in a picture (back cover) in our publication. “What are golfers supposed to do in the off-season?” asked Paul Mihailides, the driving force behind The Preserve at Boulder Hills in Wyoming, RI that continues to grow at an amazing pace.

“You’d be surprised at the number of golfers that really enjoy continental hunts,” he added. Mihailides has built the largest underground range in the country. The range has four rifle lanes at 150-yards in length. There are also 16 rifle and pistol lanes at 33 yards and designated indoor lanes for 3-D archery. A private member lounge with member locker rooms and a separate entrance is also part of the range.

In addition there is a 100 shot, 16-station sporting clay course and also a compact sporting clays course with 10 stations with a warming hut. The Warming Hut is great for gatherings and sport shooting, but it’s ideal for corporate meetings as well.

It was only July 2014 when Mihailides broke ground for a new 18-hole par 3 golf course on the former site of the Boulder Hills Golf Course. “We have great plans for this property. We are going to build an outdoor facility unlike anything else in New England and much of the United States,” he told my wife and I.

Mihailides, a native Rhode Islander who had developed golf and country clubs for decades, had a life-long vision of building a property just like The Preserve at Boulder Hills that provides great golf and wonderful outdoor and sporting activities for a select group of members who want to experience this type of lifestyle.

We toured the ponds on the property that he was going to stock with rainbow, brook and brown trout for fly-fishing. We were shown the sites where two zip lines were going to be placed. He showed us the ATV paths, the land for tennis courts, and a beautiful location for homes that he was going to build for the families who would become members of this unique parcel of land. We had lunch is the beautiful clubhouse with a 19th hole just outside the window.

Fast-forward just over three years. The golf course is one of the top Par 3 courses in the country. It has hosted a few tournaments and has received rave reviews by all who have played it. P.H. Horgan of Newport, who has played on the PGA Tour and is currently playing on the Champions Tour, played the course and toured the property recently.

“It is an amazing property. It truly is a preserve and really a sanctuary. It definitely belongs on the Golf Advisor Top 10 Par 3 Courses in America. I never knew this property existed. It definitely is one of the best-kept secrets in Rhode Island and Paul should be so proud of what he has designed. He is a true visionary,” commented Horgan who went on to say that he would be proud to be a Golf Ambassador at the club and show people around the magnificent property.

During the last golf event in June, two of the players who had played the Par 3 course at Augusta National said that the Preserve was a better course. The Robert McNeil-designed course is carved into the land that earned its name as “Boulder” Hills, and the greens are fast and true. Elevation changes make hitting shots more difficult.

As Mihailides looks back at these three years he says, “This property and what it has become far exceeds any of my expectations. Our goal of providing a second-home life alternative has been so well received. We have had many former Rhode Islanders who have moved to Florida or other locales who want to come back for a couple of months each year.

Our homes, condominiums and other lodging will provide members a chance to live a lifestyle that is unique with our outdoor activities and wonderful amenities.”

Membership is limited and is currently at $250,000. There are over 50 members already and membership goes up $25,000 each time there are five new members.

“We have grown from just over 400 acres to over 1,000 and we abut the federal Carolina Nooseneck Management area that has over 2,500 acres of land,” said Mihailides. We are less than a half hour from T.F. Green Airport, and 20 minutes from Westerly Airport for those with their own aircraft. We are a half-hour from Providence, and hour and one-half from Boston and 2 ½ hours from New York City,” he added.

The Preserve is truly a four-season sporting retreat. Besides the great golf there is ATVing, bird hunting, camping, cross country skiing, fly fishing, hiking, horseshoes, ice skating, mountain biking, rock climbing, sledding, snow shoeing, swimming, tennis, volleyball and zip lining for the outdoors folks. For those who like to stay in more often there are cooking classes, wine tasting and other fun activities.

As a life-long golfer and sportsman, The Preserve at Boulder Hills is Paul Mihailides’ legacy to his family, friends, and community. It is a place where like-minded people gather in celebration of the land and the wonderful things that they can do on it.

Bruce Vittner is a member of the Golf Writers Assn. of America and the Golf Travel Writers of America and can be reached at bruce@snegolfer.com.

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Firearms Classes now available at The Preserve at Boulder Hills

Firearms Classes now available at The Preserve at Boulder Hills

Get Ready to Shoot at The Range with a Preserve at Boulder Hills Firearms Class

In preparation for the Grand Opening of our state-of-the-art indoor shooting range, we’re offering a series of classes targeted at beginner shooters. Hit the books now and complete the classroom work. In a few months our construction will be complete. You’ll want to spend your time practicing in the longest indoor underground range in the country.

To learn more, visit www.therange.club or call (401) 539-4653.

ZDS – Architect of Record for The Preserve in Richmond, RI

Available Firearms Classes

NRA Home Firearm Safety Course
A 4-hour safe gun handling class focusing on firearm safety rules, how to load, unload, use and clean firearms, proper storage techniques and more. This beginner class precedes the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Class.

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Class
A combination of classroom and range time learning safe gun handling, shooting fundamentals and positions, and skill development. This course qualifies new shooters for a resident and non-resident pistol permit license in MA, CT, ME and FLA.

Introduction to Pistol Shooting
An 8-hour class covering all the basics in both the classroom and on the range. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to use a firearm for lawful self-defense this course is an ideal choice.

Other Options
In addition, we’ll also offer a series of personal self-defense classes that do not involve firearms. All of our classes are taught by industry-best professionals with tremendous amounts of experience.

Our new indoor shooting range is ideal all year long, especially when outside conditions include pouring rain, flying snow or off the charts heat and humidity. With four rifle lanes at 150 yards, 16 rifle and pistol lanes at 33 yards and no caliber restrictions, The Range at The Preserve at Boulder Hills provides year-round shooting opportunities.

To learn more, visit www.therange.club or call (401) 539-4653.

A Day in the Life: Rock Climbing at The Preserve at Boulder Hills

A Day in the Life: Rock Climbing at The Preserve at Boulder Hills

It’s time for bed, you have a big day tomorrow. You finish your drink and tell your buds you’re going to hit the hay: you retreat to your room to retire. You hop into bed and check your social media before rolling over to close your eyes.

The forecast for tomorrow is cool but dry: a perfect day for rock climbing with the guys. Your alarm goes off at 7am and you’re meeting the guys at 8. You should have gotten your gear together last night but, true to form, you didn’t. Your coffee and muffin come with you on the wild race to gather your climbing gear.

Your climbing pack must have everything in it from last time, right? You double check: as you tug at the zipper, dust and odor from last week’s climb escapes and you wish you had done this earlier. Everything checks out so you toss out the old food wrappers, get some fresh snacks and zip back up.

You walk out the front door where your shoes are waiting: stuffed with newspaper. You toss the paper aside, grab your shoes and hit the road. You’re late, per usual, but you’re ready to rock when you get there. The guys are waiting, like you knew they would be, and they crack on you for being late again.

 

The small talk ends when you reach the base of the climb. You all stare up in awe at the task in front of you. You get the same sensation each time, your heart beats a little faster and you get goosebumps as you give reverence to the rock face. You rub your calloused hands together and reach out to embrace the rock.

The cool breeze picks up as you pull yourself up and search for the first foothold. Though your hands are still sore from last week’s climb, it doesn’t take away from your exhilaration today. As you ascend the rock face, fear creeps in incrementally. The ground below moves away from you as you approach the sky and the breeze is now warmer as you wipe the sweat from your brow with your shirt.

As you reach the pinnacle, you exhale and look around. You feel on top of the world and you break for a moment and grab some water. Talking ensues and your friends drop their packs for a quick bite to eat. The way down is just as thrilling, yet a bit less intense. You’re ready for the descent and prepare to repel down the face.

As you head towards the ground, you are focused yet relaxed. It’s cool again, the sun on the other side of the rock face. You glide with care and caution to the ground below.

You’re back at the bottom. You and your buddies kick off your shoes and sit by the fire pit. The day was a success and you smile as you have a few drinks with the guys and plan your next adventure.

Just one of the may adventures you’ll find at New England’s only four-season sporting retreat. Click here for more information about rock climbing and other adventures at The Preserve at Boulder Hills.

By Christine M. Petrarca, Mott & Chase

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Fall Into The Preserve

Fall Into The Preserve

Enjoy warm days, crisp evenings and magnificent fall foliage.

Fall is a wonderful time to be at The Preserve at Boulder Hills

The days are warm, the evenings are crisp, and foliage is colorful if not peak. Club membership comes with one tremendous benefit, no waiting in line to enjoy your favorite Fall activities!

Tee off for a round of golf. Play tennis. Shoot sporting clays. Head out for a walk-up hunt behind pointing and flushing dogs of championship pedigrees. Take a day trip to the South County coast and fish for Fall Run striped bass, bluefish, False albacore or bonito. A walk to our ponds finds brook, brown and rainbow trout in colors as vibrant as the falling leaves. Hike, bike, run or ride an UTV through our miles of trails. Take in the view from above it all on our zip line.

Savor the fresh, night air under warm blankets in our yurts or glamping tents. Wake up in our Airstream trailer or in one of our Root Cellar houses and enjoy a hot coffee while taking in the sun rising above the tree line.

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A Day in the Life: Ziplining at The Preserve at Boulder Hills

A Day in the Life: Ziplining at The Preserve at Boulder Hills

As you reach the top of the platform, your heart begins to race. The breeze is gentle and the sun feels warm on the back of your neck. The instructor is waiting for you at the top and you pause for a moment to take it all in. You take a deep breath and move forward. As you step into the harness, the instructor double checks all the buckles. After the carabiner clips to the line, you’re ready to fly. Holding onto the harness with your left hand and the guide wire with your right, you glide off the platform and feel like birds must feel when they coast. Soaring through the air you smile and wave at your friends below, feeling on top of the world.

You lose your breath and your stomach drops but the smile remains pasted on your face like a permanent emoji. The crisp morning air blows your hair as you continue your flight towards the opposing platform. As the ride comes to an end, you brace for the dismount. Exhilarated, you climb down as fast as you can, only to hurry back so you can fly again. Looks like your brother’s awake now!

Try ziplining at Rhode Island’s only four-season sporting retreat: The Preserve at Boulder Hills. Just one of the many adventures that awaits, zipline for a glimpse of hundreds of picturesque acres. For more information about the adventures that await, click here.

 

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A Day in the Life: Golf at The Preserve at Boulder Hills

A Day in the Life: Golf at The Preserve at Boulder Hills

You laid out your clothes last night so you’re ready for your big day. You step out onto the deck with your morning coffee and brush the dirt from the bottom of your shoes with careful intention. You’ve placed your bag gently outside of the door and double check to make sure you’re supplies are in order. As you head to the clubhouse to check in, you place your bag in a cart and change your shoes. Grabbing your pencil and scorecard, you’re ready for your day of golf.

After fastidiously organizing your balls and tees in their designated place in the cart, you take a sip of water and turn the key. You take a breath of fresh air as you step on the gas and head to the first hole. Residue of the early morning dew still rests on the grass not yet beaten by the morning sun. The air, still crisp with remnants of the night invigorates you for your morning round. The cart jostles you into reality and you gently depress the brake.

As you pull up to the first tee box contemplating which club will get you on the green, you scrutinize your ball for imperfections. You pull out an iron for the par three and press a short tee low into the ground. After carefully placing your ball, you step back to take a practice swing; and then you approach. Following a concise backswing, you follow through with awesome power and precision. As your club hits the ball you exhale, watching the white orb head to its destination. You hop in the cart to head to the spot of your next shot. You’re just at the edge of the green, so you decide to putt. It’s a clean shot, but you just miss. You sink the second putt and mark your score.

You repeat each hole with care and precision, an ode to the meticulous landscape in front of you. Eighteen painstakingly maintained greens on manicured grounds fit for a king offer an unmatched playing experience. After you sink the last put, you shake hands with your fellow golfers and head to the clubhouse for a bite to eat to round out the day.

Welcome to Rhode Island’s only four-season sporting retreat. Join fellow golfers on the 18-hole executive golf course designed by award-winning architect Robert McNeil at The Preserve at Boulder Hills. The Par 3 course embraces the natural landscape while evoking one of the most challenging executive courses in the Northeast. For more information on golf at The Preserve at Boulder Hills, click here. Interested in participating in “The Greatest Day in Golf?” The Preserve 18 is back on September 26 and features $1 million-dollar hole-in-one options on each and every hole. For more information or to register for The Preserve 18, click here.

By Christine M. Petrarca, Mott & Chase

 

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A Day in the Life: Fly Fishing at The Preserve at Boulder Hills

A Day in the Life: Fly Fishing at The Preserve at Boulder Hills

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It’s just before dawn and the coffee steam winds through the cool morning air on the porch. Tranquil symphonies of birds and leaves gently blowing in the breeze are the only sounds you hear. Gearing up for a day of angling, the surrounding nature invigorates you. As the wilderness envelops you on your trek to the water, you pause to check your gear once more. Everything is in order, so you continue to venture ahead. At the pond, you step into your waders and boots and prepare your rod for the first cast of the day. Carefully, you tie your bait to lure the bass beneath the surface. As you pick up your wading stick to maintain your balance, you step take your first step in.

As you cast, your eyes follow the arc of your line, carefully awaiting the first catch of the day. Your repetitions create a quiet melody as you gently toy with the fish below. When the first bass tugs on your line, you smile as you pull him towards you. As the fish surfaces, you draw him closer to remove the hook and begin again.

When midday approaches, you pack your gear and head to the Wood River. Stocked with brown and rainbow trout, anglers from near and far enjoy fly fishing along the mesmerizing river. As you tighten up your wading belt you step in, searching for the nearest eddy to begin your pursuit. Steering clear of the river’s current seams, you venture further. Though the pristine river water is colder than the pond’s, it doesn’t phase you when adrenaline kicks in. Trout are in view as you release your line towards the water. As the first strike attempt is made, your heart beats faster.

Engrained in this lifestyle which takes years of practice, gentleness and beauty are part of your angling efforts. As you cast again with finesse and care, a sense of calm envelopes you. You breathe deeply and settle into your spot; this is home.

Welcome to Rhode Island’s only four-season sporting retreat. Head down to the water and join fellow fly fishers at one of the seven fully stocked ponds at The Preserve at Boulder Hills. Embrace nature on hundreds of acres of private land for an example of natural luxury unlike any around. For more information on fly fishing at The Preserve at Boulder Hills, click here.

By Christine M. Petrarca, Mott & Chase

 

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