The 67-acre Chetola Sporting Reserve at the Blue Ridge Mountain Club is now open. The Blue Ridge Mountain Club was happy to forge a partnership and brand with Chetola to share its good reputation for doing business. Chetola purchased the property from the reserve two years ago in response to patron requests for a firing range. Privacy was an important factor; owner Kent Tarbutton recalled telling his brother, Greg, that one ridge-top site they had considered would be “sending blasts to all neighbors” who would be “shooting back after about two weeks.” The reserve is described as rolling terrain with old-growth forest and mountain vistas in a gated club, a twenty-minute mountain drive from the Chetola Resort. Its centerpiece is a rustic, 1,784-square-foot, Orvis-endorsed lodge with a bar and catering by Timberlake Restaurant. The grounds feature rifle and pistol ranges; 20 acres with stations for shooting trap, skeet, and sporting clays; an archery range with 5-, 10-, and 20-yard targets; and an on-premises catch-and-release pond. Patrons may bring their own guns or use the resort’s quality products, but they must purchase ammunition on-site. Expert guides and instructors are available, as some patrons come from China and South America and don’t know how to load a gun or fish. The gated reserve is private, open to members or guests of Chetola Resort, and membership is capped at 250.