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Ask The Times: Remembering The Cave at country club

POSTED: January 4, 2013 11:59 p.m.

If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following question was submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

Do you have any research available on the addition done during the late 1960s at the Chattahoochee Country Club called The Cave? I remember it being a very unusual design, very modern for the time period and the town.

The Chattahoochee Golf Course opened about 1960, according to Times archives, and The Cave was built some time later to serve as a bar in the club, which was located nearer to Lake Lanier’s shores at that time.

David “Bear” Newton, a local architect, designed the space, longtime members of the club said.

“He was the most imaginative man I’ve ever known” said Carl Lawson, the second president of the club.

“He came to me to talk this thing through and said, ‘Let’s make a cave in there.’ I said, ‘Well, draw something up and let’s look at it and see.’ And so he did — he sketched something out and we bought it and he put it in,” Lawson said with a laugh. “And it was the most unusual room that I’ve ever been in, I guess, outside of mammoth cave or some place like that.”

The space was created with a lot of plastic foam and included stalactites hanging from the ceiling, reminiscent of caves you might see in Kentucky.

The club was torn down in the 1970s for a new club, and The Cave died with the old building.

Lawson was unaware of any photos of the space. Readers who may have photos can contact The Times using the information below.

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