TWENTYNINE PALMS — Owners of an ax-throwing business that opened this week are joining a trend growing across America.
“Think darts but a thousand times more fun,” said Bridget Wilcox. “You don’t need experience; our coaches will teach you everything you need to know.”
The Boardroom at 5823 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms offers a different kind of activity for a fun time with friends, a team-building function with co-workers, a unique date night or just a little stress relief.
Ax throwing has been featured in magazines and newspapers across the country and last year, NBC News called ax throwing the new league sport.
The Boardroom opened for business Friday after officials from the city and chamber of commerce celebrated with a ribbon cutting Thursday. Mayor Steven Bilderain helped cut the ribbon with an ax.
Twentynine Palms residents Megan Hatcher, 25, and her friend Taylor Cloud, 22, took time to throw an ax during the business ribbon cutting. Hatcher cheered happily when her ax hit near the bull’s eye.
Denise Cullum, president and executive director for the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, said she is thrilled with the new business.
“I think it is exciting,” Cullum said. “I’ve never heard of (this type of business) before.”
Owners Bridget and Chuck Wilcox recently celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary. The two are longtime residents of the Morongo Basin. They moved from Yucca Valley to Twentynine Palms in 2016.
They said their son, who is active duty in the Army, is a coach for a popular ax-throwing business in Huntsville, Alabama, which sparked their entrepreneur idea locally.
“It took us a while to find a building,” Bridget said. “We did it one step at a time with lots of prayer.”
The couple’s prayers were answered when they found the spot on Adobe ROad.
“Everything just fell into place; the city was really great,” she said.
The building is owned by Jerry and Coy Foster and Eric and Sharon Bond.
“I am very excited,” said Coy Foster, who attended the ribbon cutting. “I think they are going to do great. They are wonderful people.”
The Wilcoxes said they are grateful for the local support, especially from the building owners.
“We couldn’t have done it without them,” Chuck Wilcox said.
The couple, who have four grown children and two grandchildren, trained at an ax-throwing business in Las Vegas before opening their location. Their daughter Audry Wilcox and her boyfriend, Victor Ledua, both college students, helped with the business launch while on break.
The Boardroom charges $20 per hour with a $2 discount for veterans, active-duty military and first responders. Reservations are recommended, though walk-ins are accepted when lanes are open. Both half-hour and hour-long sessions are available and league play will be offered soon.
The indoor range has four large wooden targets where members can throw for fun or against other competitors. No experience is required and coaches are available.
The axes weigh less than two pounds and the facilities will be open to kids 12 and older. Anyone 18 and under will require a parent’s signed release.
The future, as always, is unwritten.
“It’s either going to be feast or famine,” Chuck Wilcox said.
The sport of ax throwing is governed by the National Ax Federation, established in 2016 to create a standard rule system. Today, the NATF represents the sport on behalf of over 4,000 league members in more than 50 cities and five countries, with a mandate to promote safety, sportsmanship and competitive protocol.
For information, call (760) 910-9500 or visit https://www.axetheboardroom.com.