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GilchristClubThe Gilchrist Club was established in 1999 as an exclusive private hunting club for the discerning sportsman. Exclusive and private, the 27,000-acre club is located in north-central Florida and offers an unmatched experience for its members and guests who are looking for a getaway from the hustle of Life and a chance to unwind in a place offering the perfect blend of Florida wilderness and down home, southern comforts.

The Gilchrist Club has recently opened up to the corporate world in the hopes of easing the bustle of business by providing a tranquil and serene retreat destination. The Club boasts five lakefront lodges with luxury accommodations, with all of the 24 bedrooms having their own private amenities. Each lodge has a great room with a wood burning fireplace, gaming table, big screen TV and wireless Internet connection.

The Club also offers a 12 station sporting clays course and a “5-Stand Sporting” pavilion with an adjacent rifle and pistol range. The Club’s five private lakes provide exceptional trophy bass fishing during select times of the year. The Gulf of Mexico is only a short distance away giving our members and guests the opportunity to enjoy guided fishing and scalloping trips. In addition, the club is an Orvis endorsed wing shooting and fly fishing school offering beginning to master instruction in both regiments, all of which can be booked through our Gilchrist Outfitters Pro Shop.

For those who enjoy the quieter aspects of nature, the Club offers guided wildlife tours by jeep, as well as canoeing, kayaking or float trips down the Santé Fe River…or you may prefer to strike out on your own on one of our marked hiking trails to see what wildlife you can encounter! When you return to your lodge, you can relax on the back deck in one of the comfortable rocking chairs and enjoy the scenic view of Suwannee Lake.

The Gilchrist Club’s new Deer Run Meeting Center is a purpose-built facility, which can accommodate up to 30 guests for conferences and 75 guests for receptions.  Three breakout areas are available for private meetings.  The Center’s meeting and special event support team is available to ensure excellence for every corporate meeting, executive retreat or social event.  An expansive, screened in and covered Deer Run Porch is ideal for receptions or just relaxation in one of our comfortable rocking chairs.

For your evening enjoyment, Gilchrist’s Executive Chef Jenae Christiansen serves up fine American cuisine with a hint of Italian or Northwestern influence in the Suwannee Lake Restaurant. Executive Chef Jenae, regularly updates the wine list with new and different varieties from all over the world. Everything from the fixtures to the food is designed with refinement and relaxation in mind. After dinner, venture out onto the back deck with a hand rolled cigar and a glass of vintage port to reminisce about the day’s activities with good friends around the fire pit!

For moments you don’t have to manage and experiences you simply enjoy, come visit us at the Gilchrist Club! To arrange a retreat, call us at 352-463-7070 or visit our website at

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