I have a recent opportunity to plan, build and manage an archery range. The field is inside a golf course. At first the range will be approximately 120ft x 120ft, not very long but the option exists to extend it to 230 ft in the future if the users demand it.
The location is in a suburban town close to Mexico City.
I´ve got an architectural design that the Golf Club owners and myself really like. Consisting of a customised version of the Archery Trade Association Covered Shooting Range model. With a zig-zag of wooden boards for the walls to each side of the field to cover for arrows missing their target.
The ATA model is really good and would be enough to start budgeting except that in Mexico wood is very expensive. So we are looking for other materials to build the many walls (11 ft x 13 ft aprox.)
My first question for the forum is regarding materials, I was thinking building the walls with expanded metal sheets. I think it will stop an arrow from low bow weights (20 or 30 lb). I guess I´ll have to do some tests with different bows and expanded metal sheets.
Do you guys think it can be safe enough? Or do you recommend another setup?