Unleash Your

Inner Viking

Experience Thrills at Iowa’s Premier Axe Throwing Experience – Ironside Axe Club!

Discover the thrill of axe-throwing in Central Iowa with an unforgettable experience that unleashes your inner Viking! Ideal for family outings, team-building, date nights, corporate events, holiday celebrations, or unforgettable bachelor/bachelorette parties. 

Learn new skills (or hone your current skills) under the guidance of our trained Axe Coaches as you make memories with your friends and family. We offer axe, big axe, hatchet, and knives at our 11,000 sq ft facility—with indoor bar and 1,000 sq ft outdoor patio & deck! 

All ages are welcome to join the excitement and embrace their nordic spirit! We offer a mobile axe-throwing unit for rent, bringing the thrill of hatchet throwing, knife throwing, and big axe throwing to your doorstep. Or, elevate your after-rom part or explore unique gender reveal baby shower party ideas with our exciting, safe, and memorable axe-throwing experience. 

Unleash your inner Viking—book your adventure now for the ultimate fun in Iowa!

Our story

In winters past, Scott Gardner spent his days working as a jeweler and had only thrown axes competitively as a passion. 

Then in 2018, Scott and Lisa opened the first Ironside in West Des Moines to immediate acclaim.

Today, Ironside is now synonymous with professional axe throwing throughout the community and within WATL (World Axe Throwing League) itself.

From the casual player to those competing in the Ironside Open, Ironside has a lane for everyone.

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New to Axe Throwing?
Here's what you need to know

Why Not?!? It is incredibly satisfying! Almost anyone can throw an axe and have it stick in the target with a little bit of practice. It is all about momentum and form, not strength. At the beginning of your visit, we will teach you a couple of different ways to throw and you can pick the way that best suits you.

We keep safety as a top priority. Each group will have a safety briefing and  be supervised by a Coach during play to make sure all the throwing is done in a safe manner. Closed toe shoes are required at all times.

Closed toe shoes are required. Otherwise, keep it comfortable. You will have to swing your arms over your head repeatedly so tight fitting shirts are not recommended.

Yes, you can come cheer on your friends. If you change your mind and want to throw, we can add you in later.

We have some availability for walk-in  or one hour throwing, but it is best to call ahead  before you come.  Walk in or one hour visits can be booked starting 2 days in advance online. For same day booking it is best to call the range.

It is always best to call or book a lane first.  If you have a group of six or more people you can reserve your lane online up to at least 48 hours in advance.  Otherwise it is a good idea to call first. Choose your location here.

We do provide Beers, Seltzers, Ciders, Canned Cocktails and Wines.   We also have simple concessions like chips, candy and soda available and you are also welcome to bring in food.  Get as fancy as you want.  We suggest Northern Lights Pizza! If you call they will deliver.

No, but we provide Beers, Seltzers, Ciders, Canned Cocktails and Wines.  

YES! But all axes brought in from outside the facility will need to be inspected by a coach for approval.

No, as long as the thrower can handle the axe and throw safely. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and waivers must be signed by a  legal guardian. One child 10 or under  is free  per paid adult.