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What does it cost to take lessons?

A two hour first time lesson, including equipment rental, costs $20. Returning archers can get a group lesson, including equipment rental, for $20 as well.

If you want to check out a bow, arrows, and other gear from the club in order to be able to shoot at home or at other times besides our Saturday lesson time, you will need to buy a card redeemable for ten lessons, also known as a “ten lesson card”.

How should I dress for my archery lesson?

Do not wear any dangling earrings or facial piercings.  You will be using a bow and the bowstring will move very quickly across your body, catching anything in the way, so remove all facial jewelry before shooting.

Additionally you should try not to wear baggy-sleeved shirts, as they can catch on the bowstring, though we will provide you an arm guard to minimize this.

The archery range can be a little wet early in the morning at the beginning of the lesson, so please wear shoes that don’t mind heavy dew and the occasional muddy step.

Since this is San Francisco, you will want to dress in layers and bring a hat with a brim.  By 10am the sun is often out and it begins to really warm up.

What is a ten lesson card?

A “ten lesson card” is a bulk purchase of lessons.  You buy ten lessons at one time and received a 25% discount.  A ten lesson card costs $150.  Ten lessons would normally cost $200, so the discount is significant. The card can be shared by up to two people.

Additionally, once you are paid up on a ten lesson card, you are allowed to check out a bow, arrows, and other equipment for your own use.  Since a new starter-level bow with arrows and accessories can cost anywhere between $150 and $300, this is a really good deal.  Many of our students have checked out bows, and when they outgrew them, traded them in for a more advanced one.

Holders of ten lesson cards that are not shared with another archer are eligible to participate in our performance coaching session, and extra 30 minute session of lectures, demonstrations and hands on coaching which starts at 8:30am, a half-hour before our regular session. There is no extra cost. Space is limited.

–Updated by Gerard 8/4/12: performance coaching information added.

How should I dress for archery? How should I prepare my child?

If you’re coming to the Golden Gate Park Archery Range for the first time, you can make your visit a lot easier by knowing how to dress for archery and maximum comfort.

Shoes

The archery field is a grassy field that is regularly mowed by the SF Parks department but owned by a family of gophers.  PIles of dirt (that quickly become mud) are frequent.  Plenty of dew and fog means that there is no shortage of mud, so wear shoes appropriate for walking around in wet and muddy grass.

Clothing and Jewelry

This man is excited about his archery lesson, but his jacket is unsuitable for shooting.

This being San Francisco, you should always dress in layers.  The weather can go from 55 to 75 in an hour or two, and you’ll need to adjust your clothing accordingly.  The weather forecasts often predict gloom and doom at the range, but we often find it to be unseasonably warm.   If you’re one of those people who is comfortable wearing shorts all year long, you’ll be entirely comfortable just layering your upper half.

If you’re coming to shoot, make sure you don’t wear clothing that has lots of things that may catch on the string as it moves past your chest.  Jackets with zippers, bulky pockets, anything that sticks out is going to be a problem.

Also, if you have necklaces, dangly earrings, or facial jewelry, you will want to remove it until you have a good sense of whether it is going to interfere with shooting.

You’ll also want to bring suncreen and a hat, preferably one with a floppy bill.  It’s sunny and hot there, despite whatever the weather forecast claims.

Special considerations for parents and their kids

Prepared for a sunny day watching their child shoot archery

Dress your child appropriately and sunscreen them, even if it’s foggy when you leave your house because the weather at the range is some of the sunniest in the city.  If you’re planning on shooting with your child, great!  If not, you are welcome to wait behind the waiting line.

Sitting through a 2 hour lesson with comfortable chairs and sunglasses

If you don’t want to wait, or you have small children, know that there is no playground nearby. This part of the park is very flat though, so many children practice riding a bike here and sidewalks are plentiful. The golf clubhouse, nearby, is also a pretty reliable place for coffee and simple sandwiches.

How old do you have to be to take an archery lesson?

Our club’s insurance requires that you be at least eight years old to take a lesson with us.  There are no exceptions.

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How should I dress for archery? How should I prepare my child?

If you’re coming to the Golden Gate Park Archery Range for the first time, you can make your visit a lot easier by knowing how to dress for archery and maximum comfort.

Shoes

The archery field is a grassy field that is regularly mowed by the SF Parks department but owned by a family of gophers.  PIles of dirt (that quickly become mud) are frequent.  Plenty of dew and fog means that there is no shortage of mud, so wear shoes appropriate for walking around in wet and muddy grass.

Clothing and Jewelry

This man is excited about his archery lesson, but his jacket is unsuitable for shooting.

This being San Francisco, you should always dress in layers.  The weather can go from 55 to 75 in an hour or two, and you’ll need to adjust your clothing accordingly.  The weather forecasts often predict gloom and doom at the range, but we often find it to be unseasonably warm.   If you’re one of those people who is comfortable wearing shorts all year long, you’ll be entirely comfortable just layering your upper half.

If you’re coming to shoot, make sure you don’t wear clothing that has lots of things that may catch on the string as it moves past your chest.  Jackets with zippers, bulky pockets, anything that sticks out is going to be a problem.

Also, if you have necklaces, dangly earrings, or facial jewelry, you will want to remove it until you have a good sense of whether it is going to interfere with shooting.

You’ll also want to bring suncreen and a hat, preferably one with a floppy bill.  It’s sunny and hot there, despite whatever the weather forecast claims.

Special considerations for parents and their kids

Prepared for a sunny day watching their child shoot archery

Dress your child appropriately and sunscreen them, even if it’s foggy when you leave your house because the weather at the range is some of the sunniest in the city.  If you’re planning on shooting with your child, great!  If not, you are welcome to wait behind the waiting line.

Sitting through a 2 hour lesson with comfortable chairs and sunglasses

If you don’t want to wait, or you have small children, know that there is no playground nearby. This part of the park is very flat though, so many children practice riding a bike here and sidewalks are plentiful. The golf clubhouse, nearby, is also a pretty reliable place for coffee and simple sandwiches.

What benefits do donors to the bale fund receive?

When we put out money for new bales for the archery range, we ask for donations.  Here is our policy for crediting  those donations on our website.

Benefactor of Golden Gate Park Archery Range (Gifts of $400 or more) We provide a credit to the organization or individual, a link, and a small 60×60 logo or photo.

Angel of Golden Gate Park Archery Range (Gift of $301-$399) We provide a credit to the organization or individual on the donor list and a link to their website.

Patron of Golden Gate Park Archery Range (Gift of $201-$300) We provide a credit to the organization or the individual

Supporters of Golden Gate Park Archery Range (Gift of $101-$199) We provide a named credit to the individual (not an organization).

Friends of Golden Gate Park Archery Range (Gift of $50-$100) We provide a named credit to the individual (not an organization).

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When I pay for a lesson, where does the money go?

The Golden Gate JOAD program is operated as a not-for-profit.  Virtually all of the funds we receive goes back into buying and maintaining the club’s equipment.  We also spend money on replacing and repairing the bales and bale frames at the Golden Gate Park archery range.  (Contrary to popular belief, the city does not pay for those bales.   They only pay for the cost of mowing the grass on the range.)

Instructors are all volunteers and are not compensated for their labor.  We would like to change that in the future, but at the moment there are not funds for that.

What is a ten lesson card?

A “ten lesson card” is a bulk purchase of lessons.  You buy ten lessons at one time and received a 25% discount.  A ten lesson card costs $150.  Ten lessons would normally cost $200, so the discount is significant. The card can be shared by up to two people.

Additionally, once you are paid up on a ten lesson card, you are allowed to check out a bow, arrows, and other equipment for your own use.  Since a new starter-level bow with arrows and accessories can cost anywhere between $150 and $300, this is a really good deal.  Many of our students have checked out bows, and when they outgrew them, traded them in for a more advanced one.

Holders of ten lesson cards that are not shared with another archer are eligible to participate in our performance coaching session, and extra 30 minute session of lectures, demonstrations and hands on coaching which starts at 8:30am, a half-hour before our regular session. There is no extra cost. Space is limited.

–Updated by Gerard 8/4/12: performance coaching information added.

What paperwork do I have to sign to shoot with your club?

We require all archers to sign the Golden Gate JOAD Code of Conduct  [Golden Gate JOAD Code of Conduct – PDF]

We must also have a Liability Waiver signed by each participant.  [Adult release of liability – PDF]  [Minor release of liability – PDF]

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Archery Stores in the Bay Area

Although you can buy archery gear from plenty of places online, we strongly encourage you to patronize the bricks and mortar archery stores in the Bay Area.   We present these stores in order of distance from the Golden Gate Park archery range.

We don’t recommend any of them over any other, so please don’t ask us which one is best.

San Francisco Archery Pro Shop, 3795 Balboa Street, San Francisco, California 94121 (415) 751-2776

Pacifica Archery, 2995 Junipero Serra Boulevard  Daly City, CA 94014, (650) 756-4868

Archery ranges in the Bay Area

Although the San Francisco Golden Gate Park archery range is an amazing resource for local archers, sometimes it rains, or its dark, or getting there isn’t convenient for you.

Here are some other archery ranges you might visit in the San Francisco Bay area.

Pacifica Archery, 2995 Junipero Serra Boulevard  Daly City, CA 94014, (650) 756-4868
Pacifica Archery has an indoor range and is open Tuesday through Saturday until 8pm.

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