How We Got Our Start
Our story began over 47 years ago at age 18 when I began building golf clubs in my parent’s garage. I loved playing and was also intrigued by golf clubs and the lack of quality repair service and alterations.
My first job as an assistant golf professional in 1973 under Butch Hansen in Atlanta gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream of building a quality repair business along with the ability to build golf clubs from scratch. I had no idea where this adventure would take me!
Moving to Macon, Georgia in 1976 to assume the head professional duties at Riverside Golf and Country Club proved to be a major turning point for the business to thrive. With the addition of Mike and Neal Johnson, the business moved from the cart barn at the club to a stand alone site that repaired, refinished, altered, and built new clubs from scratch. We became an authorized repair center for Wilson Sporting Goods, Dunlop Sports, Walter Hagen, and The Ben Hogan Company.
In 1977, I was chosen by the PGA of America to teach fellow golf professionals all over the country in the repair and alteration area. This was the beginning of understanding actual personal club fitting and I was fortunate to be around the best in the industry.
In 1980, we were chosen by the Tournament Players Championship to do repair and alterations during the tournament for the players. We had a building on the practice tee and had constant interaction with the best players in the world. This proved to be a new avenue for us to expose the custom club side of our business as we sold over 30 Cutright drivers to tour players that week. Names such as Curtis Strange, Seve Ballasteros Jim Dent, Jim Thorpe, Lee Elder, Steve Melnyk, JC Snead, George Archer, Andy Bean, Lee Trevino, and Hubert Green spent hours in our little building.
Club building from raw product, club fitting, and instruction became integral pieces with each other as the operation moved to the Sea Island Golf Club in 1984. Davis Love, Jr was intrigued by this relationship and encouraged me to promote this marriage on a daily basis in an ongoing effort to provide the best teaching and fitting results in the world. I am forever grateful of all we learned from Davis Love Jr, but most of all, his unselfish effort to promote our vision to the golf world. The 6 years our staff spent with him will be cherished forever.
As the persimmon wood era came to an end in 1990, we slowly phased into the world of metal woods which enabled us to promote our ability to build custom fit woods to precise specifications and much quicker than the normal 6 to 8 week period. This also shifted the golfer from the beauty of persimmon into being more focused and concerned in performance of the golf club and the quality of the fit through instruction we were able to give them.
In 1992, I made the most difficult decision in my life. After 11 years at Sea Island Golf Club, I left my position as Director of Golf to assume the Head Professional position at the Idle Hour Club in Macon, Georgia. I also left behind the club business that had taken over 20 years to build into a respected brand in the custom club business.
Like I hoped it would, it turned out to be the best decision for our dreams. We envisioned building the best full service instruction, fitting, and alteration business anywhere. Our staff is an all-star team that individually have received more accolades and awards than any other in the instruction and fitting fields. They are respected nationally in their respective fields and continue to draw some of the best players to our learning center.
We welcome you to the Blum Learning Center and want you to know as a staff, our goal is to “help you play better golf.” We hope to see you often and look forward to watching you grow!Sincerely, Ray Cutright, PGA Master Professional
Idle Hour Club Professional Staff
PGA Master Professional and Director of Golf Operations
• 82nd PGA Master Professional, Instruction
• Founded Cutright Classics Golf Clubs, 1970
• Founded The Blum Golf Learning Center, 1993
• 40 Year PGA Member
• Georgia PGA Central Chapter “Teacher Of The Year”, 1992, 1997
• First Golf Digest “National Clubfitter Of The Year”, 1986
• 2014 PGA National “Professional of the Year”
• 2003 PGA National “Horton Smith Award” For Contributions To PGA Education
• Georgia PGA “Horton Smith Award”, 1981, 1989, 2002
• Georgia PGA “Professional Of The Year”, 1991, 1997
• Inducted Into The National PGA Hall Of Fame In 2015 With Michael Doctor, George, Dr Charles Sifford, Payne Stewart, Lee Trevino, Tommy Bolt
• Inducted Into The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, 2015
• Inducted Into The Macon Sports Hall Of Fame, 2009
• PGA National Board Member, 2007-2010
• Golf Digest “Best In State” Instructor, 2001-2004, 2007
• Co-Chairman, National PGA Instruction Committee 2009, 2010
• Member Of National PGA Education Committee, currently
• Top 50 US Kids Golf Teachers, Master Instructor
• Titleist Leadership Staff
• KBS Shafts / Advisory Board
Email Ray or call 478-477-2092
PGA Certified Director of instruction
• PGA Certified Professional, Instruction
• Amazon Best Selling Author of “The Wedge Book: An Owner’s Manual For Your Short Game”
• 5 time PGA Section and Chapter award winner
• Georgia Section PGA “Horton Smith Award” For Contributions to PGA Education
• Executive Officer (Secretary), Georgia Section PGA
• Golf Digest “Best In State” Instructor (2010-2016)
• Titleist Performance Institute certified in Biomechanics and Golf Fitness
• US Kids certified instructor
• AimPoint Express certified instructor
• Titleist certified club-fitter
Email Brandon or call/text at 865-548-0697
Click here to for information on “The Wedge Book, An Owner’s Manual For Your Short Game”
PGA Head Golf Professional
• University Of Georgia Graduate
• 2012 Georgia PGA Central Chapter “Assistant Professional Of The Year”
• 2016 Georgia PGA Central Chapter “Professional Of The Year”
• US Kids Certified Instructor
• Titleist Staff Member
• Professional Calligrapher
• Responsible For Overseeing “Idle Hour Golf Operations”
Email B.J. or call 478-477-2092
PGA Idle Hour Teaching Professional
• 28 Year PGA Member
• Georgia PGA Junior Golf Leader, 1994
• Georgia PGA “Teacher Of The Year”, 2010
• Certified Titleist, Mizuno, Ping, Mizuno Clubfitter
• Golf Digest “Best In State” Instructor
• Students include Walker Cup member, Haskins Award winner, and NCAA All-American Russell Henley
• US Kids “Top 50 Kids Teacher”, 2007
• Member Of The Stratford Academy Sports Hall of Fame
• Written Articles For Golf Digest, PGA.com, and FORE Georgia magazine
• Former Head Men’s Golf Coach, Mercer University
Email Bobby call/text at 478-318-7200
Master Club Fitter
• Master Clubmaker, Cutright Classics, 1976 to Present
• Managed Sea Island Custom Clubs for the Sea Island Company, 1984-1997
• Assisted In PGA of America Business Schools Teaching Clubmaking, Repair, And Fitting, 1980-1985
• Taught Clubmaking, Repair And Fitting For Mississippi State University Professional Golf Management Program
• Built Custom Clubs For President George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush, Davis Love III, Curtis Strange, Jim Dent, Andy Bean, Donna Andrews, Beth Daniel, And Many More
• Certified Clubfitter For Ping, Titleist, Taylor Made, And Mizuno
• Mizuno National Clubfitter Of The Year (2000)
• Ping National Clubfitter Of The Year (2005)
• Ping “Top 100 Fitter” (2012-2016)
• Golf Digest “America’s 100 Best Clubfitters” (2012-2016)
Email Neal call/text at 478-318-1327
Assistant Golf Professional
Lacey Fears is a 24-year-old from Warner Robins, Ga. After she was introduced to the game of golf at the age of 7, she knew she wanted to have a career in golf. Lacey earned a full athletic scholarship to Mercer University where she graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. While at Mercer, she won 6 individual tournament titles and also became the first women’s golfer to receive an at-large bid to NCAA Division I Regionals. Lacey turned pro in June of 2014 and played SunCoast Tour events and various state opens. In 2015 she advanced to Stage II of LPGA Q School where she fell just 2 strokes shy of making the final stage. However, she earned some LPGA Symetra Tour status and competed in 2016. Her lowest three-day total was 7 under par. After finding out that life on the road wasn’t what she expected, Lacey joined the team at Idle Hour Club where she is working to become a PGA member. She is passionate about helping people of all ages reach their goals and hopes to use her playing experience at all levels to transform their game.
Email Lacy call/text at 478-318-1327