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History

Idle Hour Club was established in 1912, making it one of the state’s oldest and most prestigious clubs. The property where the club now stands was a stock farm owned by R.H. Plant, whose interest was in raising trotters, not hitting a golf ball. He had one of the finest one-mile dirt tracks south of Louisville, Kentucky. Plant named his stock farm Idle Hour because he spent so many “idle hours” there. The remains of the track are still visible on the golf course today. Traces can be seen along the right of number six, in the fairway of number eleven and along the green through the woods along the rough on number 9.

Idle Hour Club has hosted a total of 8 Georgia State Amateur Golf Championships. The first was in 1923 when East Lakes Watts Gunn defeated Charles Black 1-up. The last Georgia State Amateur Championship held at Idle Hour Club was in 2014 and was won by Robert Mize of Columbus with a score of 275 (-5 under par).

Accomplishments

Golf Shop:

1991 GPGA Merchandiser of the Year – Private Sector

1999 GPGA Merchandiser of the Year – Private Sector

1999 Voted Best Golf Shop Staff in the State – Awarded from the Georgia PGA

2002 Finalist for the Merchandiser of the Year Award – Private Sector, Awarded from the Georgia PGA

 

Golf Learning Center:

Mizuno National Clubfitter of the Year (2000)

Mizuno Regional Clubfitter of the Year (2001)

Ping Regional Clubfitter of the Year (2002)

Ping National Clubfitter of the Year(2005)

Ping National Clubfitter of the Year (2010)

Golf Digest “Top 100 Clubfitters in America (2014-present)

Golf Range Association of America “Top 50 Private Range” in America (2018-present)

Golf Digest America’s Best Club Fitters (2021)