Our History

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Club History

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Lodge deck and outside seating
In 1990, a small group of gentlemen, who loved hunting and the outdoors, purchased the site as an investment and family retreat.  The first venture undertaken on the site was the planting of four million slash pines, an effort that they hoped would lead to financial gain.  With the first building constructed in 1998 (Cypress House), the property was then opened for the first upland bird hunt and turkey season.  It was then that the owners realized the true calling for this property, and the Gilchrist Club was established in 1999.
Gilchrist Club Timeline
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*1989-1990: Initial property purchased - 23,000 acres
*1990-1994: Four million trees planted
*October 1, 1998: Cypress House built
*October 1, 1998: First upland bird hunt
*March 1, 1999: First turkey season
*November 24, 1999: Gilchrist Club Inc.
*November 24, 1999: Gilchrist Executive Retreat and Conference Center, Inc.
*November 24, 1999: First member
*January 1, 2002: Eagles Nest lodge built
*January 1, 2002: Sand Hill lodge built
*January 1, 2002: Suwannee Lake restaurant
*September 1, 2004: 5 Stand shooting pavilion
*June 1, 2005: Suwannee Lake restaurant expansion
*July 1, 2005: Gator Den lodge built
*August 1, 2005: Seminole Reservation lodge built
*November 1, 2005: Additional New jeeps purchased
*July 1, 2007: Pro Shop expansion
*September 1, 2007: New laundry room
*October 1, 2007: Kennel expansion
*December 10, 2008: Purchased additional Piedmont acres (3,500 acres)
*October 1, 2010: Kennel improvements
*December 1, 2010: 14 Station sporting clays course
*September 1, 2012: Upgraded 5 stand with tower for incoming targets and lesson area
*November 30, 2013: Deer Run Lodge converted to conference center
*February 28, 2014: Signed management agreement with Benchmark Global Hospitality
*June 1, 2018: Addition of new Kennel building
*February 1, 2021: Covey Rise and Osceola lodges opened
*January 3, 2022: Built elevated archery stand