Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Axe/Hatchet throwing?
A: Think of it as an incredibly more exciting game of darts. You will be safely competing head to head by throwing a standard hatchet at a regulation target at the end of a lane to score points.
Q: What do I need to know before playing?
A: Nothing at all. We will start you out with a short lesson on throwing technique, scoring and safety. Pay attention to your coach, use common sense and always ask if you’d like assistance or advice at any point. We want you to enjoy this sport as much as we do.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: All you really need is a sense of adventure and an open mind! We do require anyone who is throwing to wear closed-toe shoes – no sandals, flip flops, etc. We can provide loaners if needed.
Q: Can I bring my own axe?
A: No. We can’t vouch for the quality/safety of an axe/hatchet you may own. Once we begin league play, you will be permitted to bring your own axe as long as it’s within NATF regulations. More about that can be found here.
Q: Is Asheville Throwing Club BYOB?
A: No, we are not BYOB. We sell beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages to our customers.
Q: Do you sell food on site?
A: No, we do not sell food at Axeville. We will occasionally have a food truck on site, when one is available. You can always bring food in or have food delivered to Axeville for you and your group.
Q: Can I just come and watch?
A: Spectators are welcome at the bar, in our lounge areas and outside. Anyone who hasn’t paid to throw may not pass the yellow line that divides the throwing area from the rest of the club. During our busier times (especially Saturdays), we will have to limit the amount of spectators to ensure we have enough room and parking for our paid throwers. We feel that once you see how fun it is, you will want to do more than watch.
Q: Do you have on-site parking?
A: Yes, we do. But it is limited. We ask all parties of 4 or more to consider carpooling or grabbing an Uber / Lyft.
Q: Can I bring my kids?
A: Axeville is an 18+ club for safety and insurance purposes.
Q: What are you throwing axes at?
A: You will be aiming at a large, stationary wooden target about 14-16 feet straight in front of you. We may add temporary targets to the standard target for holidays, private parties or corporate events.
Q: Is this a bar? And you allow people to play with axes?
A: Not how you may be thinking. ATC is a private sporting facility that happens to serve beer as well. It IS Asheville, after all... Our main function is to provide a fun, safe environment to throw axes. We sell beer but it’s meant to be an additional benefit, not the main attraction.
Q: Is this safe?
A: Absolutely! There’s a small amount of danger in anything you do. You can get hurt at a batting cage, white water rafting, biking or most any physical activity. However, if done properly, axe throwing is as safe as most other sports. To ensure your safety, we have the following procedures in place:
• Coaches on hand dedicated to guiding your play and ensuring you follow our rules
• Side fencing separating each lane and a wood backstop to prevent axes from going into other areas unexpectedly
• Non-negotiable rules in place to keep participants safe (see rules section for more info)
• Separation barrier between throwers and non-throwers
Q: How do I sign up?
A: Reservations are strongly recommended to ensure you and your group will not have to wait to get on a lane. See our bookings section for directions on how to make your reservation or you can just walk in and throw if there are available lanes. Walk-in lanes are limited and on a first come, first served basis so be prepared to wait for a lane to free up or be asked to come back later in the day.
Q: How much does this cost?
A: You only pay $21 / hour per person. Or you can choose a reservation for 2 hours with a 5 person minimum.
Q: Are you insured?
A: Yes! We are fully insured.
Q: Is this regulated?
A: Yes, ATC is a prospective NATF member. NATF is the National Axe Throwing Federation that represents the sport of axe throwing. You can learn more about them at www.nationalaxe.com.
Q: Can you cater our event?
A: We also have several catering partners and food trucks that we can recommend. Just ask us at email@example.com.
Q: What happens if I miss my appointment or need to cancel a booking?
A: Please remember that it is your responsibility to show up or cancel your appointment if you cannot make it. We cannot provide a refund if you miss your booking time. We will do our best to re-schedule you at a later date/time. Your lane will be forfeit if you are more than 15 minutes past the start time.
If you are part of a private party, please contact us (828) 589-AXES or firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours in advance and inform us that you will need to cancel your booking. Cancellations inside of 48 hours forfeit your security deposit.
Q: How many people can you host for an event?
A: Private parties are for groups of at least 16 people. We can normally handle parties up to 50 axe throwers but will need at least two weeks’ notice to accommodate you. Private parties would need to be booked for 2 or more and can be held on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Private parties are also available on Thursday and Friday, ending no later than 4pm. Contact us at (828) 589-AXES or at email@example.com for large party reservations.
For smaller groups, you can simply book online at www.axevillethrowingclub.com/booking.
Q: Will Axeville be offering leagues?
A: Yes, we will in Summer of 2019. Stay tuned to social media and our website for updates.
Q: Can you set up a remote location for off-site events?
A: We plan to have a mobile unit available by Summer of 2019 and will be able to set up nearly anywhere. Stay tuned to social media and our website for updates.