There is a new trend in competitive sports that is taking the country by storm. Axe throwing has been gaining momentum around the world for several years, but is now making its way to the United States and, more specifically, the Triad. The goal of the sport is to throw an axe, yes an actual axe, at a wooden target. Points are acquired for hitting the target and you can keep score to declare the most accurate thrower as the winner. But this is not just a sport; it’s a unique experience that is an exciting and safe way to bring people together for a new way to have some fun.
Kersey Valley owner, Tony Wohlgemuth, has been thinking about adding this experience for a few years, but the timing wasn’t quite right till now. “I follow the latest trends around the world and a few years ago, I noticed that axe throwing was becoming really popular in Canada. At that time, we were not able to get insurance to cover the thrower so we had to put the thought on hold.” Fast forward to this past year, when Tony noticed he was seeing more about bars around the US adding axe throwing experiences. He decided to look into it again and found insurance would no longer be a problem. Tony went on to say, “We got the insurance in place and opened three weeks later. We were so excited to be the first to bring this new experience to the Triad.”
Like everything at Kersey Valley, they have found a way to make this popular experience unique to their venue. Tony said, “Most places that are doing this have the experience set up indoors. While we do have one indoor space for axe throwing, we are most excited about the outdoor tour we have created.” The 11 location tour follows the path of the zip line and takes guests on a hike across their beautiful 60-acre farm. They designed the tour with variety in mind. Every location on the tour has a custom scorecard with a different challenge for participants to meet. And many of the location challenges have been created for their specific location on the farm. Tony continued, “One of the locations is right next to the outdoor classroom where we teach classes about bees. With this in mind, we created the Zom-bee’s target, where the goal is for the participant to hit the picture of the bee with the axe. It was a lot of fun for us to create this customized game specifically for our farm and the guests are really enjoying it, too!”
The axe throwing experience at Kersey Valley is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends, or even as a unique team building experience with your co-workers. There is something for everyone and it can be suited to any skill level or desire. No matter who you come with, you will be sure to have a lot of fun. The indoor session is 1.5 hours long. Included in that time frame is 30 minutes of safety instructions and practice, and one hour of competition. They require a minimum of four people and a maximum of 12 people. The outdoor session takes about two hours. Again, you will receive 30 mins of safety instructions and practice, and the competition takes about 1.5 hours. There is a minimum of four and a maximum of 100 people. Each tour includes an “axpert” guide to escort you through the course.
Kersey Valley is well known for their culture of safety. They have continued that standard into this experience. Axpert guides are trained in first aid and carry first aid kits through the course. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes, sign a waiver, and there is no alcohol allowed. The recommended age is 13 and up, but they do leave that to the discretion of parents. They have had a ten-year-old successfully complete the course. They do ask that there be no spectators. You have to have a ticket to be in the room or on the course.
If you are ready to experience the thrill of axe throwing, make plans to visit Kersey Valley Axe Throwing today. They are located at 1615 Kersey Valley road in High Point and are open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. For more information about the experience and the rates, or to book your private or group session, you can call them at 336-431-1700 or book online at kerseyvalleyaxethrowing.com.