PROVIDENCE HILL FARM SPORTING CLUB
In June of 2014, the Martin family opened the gates of Providence, as a private sporting club, available to a very limited membership. At this time, no more than 210 paid members enjoy the exceptional sporting opportunities that the Martins had enjoyed for 13 years. Located 25 miles from the Mississippi state capital, members and their guests are able to enjoy a late afternoon shoot and be back in the City by dinner time.
Since its’ inception in 2014, Providence has become a premier outdoor sporting club, where most days its gates are closed to the public. Members enjoy over 1250 acres of land including lakes, open area, gun, clay and pistol ranges and the freedom to roam the club’s many public spaces.
Providence goes out of its way to ensure that its members get more out of their membership than just a place to shoot. Dining events including the Taste of Game, Grub and Guns and the very competitive comradery shoot and dinner, have been created to introduce members to alternate ways to cook games. At any of these events local chefs highlight a special ingredient including venison, duck, pheasant, quail and fish.
The club has as well gone out of its way to bring quality instructors to the property. Gebben and Michelle Miles have both taught weekend clinics at the farm as has Royce Murphy and Omar El-Aazami. The club as well provides expert hand gun, long range rifle, fly fishing and conventional fishing to not only members but their guests. Once a year, representatives from James Purdy and Son’s host a demonstration of Purdy’s well known shot guns.
The main goal of the club’s management is to provide its members an exception outdoor experience not only at the club itself but at many hunting and fishing camps in the region.
Although it is hard to ignore the iconic stable at the center of the property, the heart of Providence Hill Farm is actually the man who designed, built and now oversees Providence Hill Farm Sporting Club. Raised less than 5 miles from Providence Hill Farm, Providence General Manager Jimmy Grant has been with Providence since the property was bought by the Martins in 2001. Every aspect of the amenities and sporting ranges that members enjoy at Providence have Grant’s finger prints on them.
PROVIDENCE HILL FARM MUSE, JIMMY GRANT
Educated as an entomologist, Grant spent his former years consulting farms throughout the Mississippi Delta. After a major motorcycle accident, Grant realized that his injuries made it very hard for him to effectively do his job. His love of duck hunting and his knowledge of land planning made it easy for him to transition into a career of designing duck holes and recreation property. Many of the recreation properties and hunting camps in the area, that have duck holes, have been designed and built by Grant. In 2001 he shared this talent with the Martins and designed and built the four lakes, 14 station sporting clay range, trap and skeet range, pistol range and most recently an 800-yard rifle range, five stand and 3D archery range.
Today, as General Manager of Providence Hill Farm, Grant not only oversees the sporting club, but he is as well the head coach for the Mississippi College sporting clay team and Jackson Prep high school sporting clay team. One of Grant’s greatest passions is to join club members on one of the ranges and provide instruction to better their shooting.
Most recently, Grant, Royce Murphy and Omar El-Aazami produced the 2016 State of Mississippi sporting clay championship at Providence Hill Farm. Approximately 400 shooters from 5 states participated in the three-day event and many walked away stating that it was one of the most beautiful locations they have ever competed at.
2017 SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL SHOOT
Grant and his facility Manager are now in the process of designing and constructing the sporting clay, FITASC, Super Sport, small gauge and 5-stand courses for the 2017 South Central Regional Shoot. Over the summer and prior to the September 7th event, Providence will quadruple the size of his sporting ranges. Jamie Martin, owner of Providence Hill Farm, stated that she is amazed how her once private recreation compound can be converted into a premier competitive course in such a short time. She not only credits this achievement to Jimmy Grant for his eye to detail, but more importantly to Grant’s love of the sport.
Over the next few months Grant and Saxton will be adding 32 Sporting Clay stations for the main event, 12 new stations for the super sport, 12 Super sport stations, a 12 station sub-gauge course, one additional 8 station practice course for a total of 76 new stations. As well added for the South Central Regional Shoot are to additional 5-stands and a main and sub-gauge FITASC. Grant is as well in the process of designing and a constructing a snooker course. The biggest challenge that Grant has is coordinating the locations of the new courses within the rolling hills and topography of the farm. But it is the rolling hills and topography that make Providence Hill Farm a spectacular venue and place to shoot. Over the course of the event Grant expects over 360,000 clays to be thrown over the rolling hills and lakes of Providence.
Martin is as well excited to host the South Central Regional Sporting Clay Championship for the simple reason that she wants to show both local shooters and out of state shooters the exceptional amenities and facilities that the state of Mississippi and Jackson metropolitan have to offer. If the South Central Regional shoot is anything like the 2016 Mississippi state shoot, she is sure that shooters will want to participate in more competitions in the state of Mississippi and Providence Hill Farm.
Ridgeland, Mississippi will be the home base for shooter traveling to Providence Hill Farm for the regional competition. Visit the Club’s Website, www.providencehillfarm.com, to download information on the hotels and restaurants in the area. Golf Carts, Ammunition, Food, Beverage and ice are all available at Providence during the competition. Shooters can register at www.scoringpro.com.