One of America's finest private golf clubs, The Ford Plantation does not require tee times—members play whenever they wish. The course is challenging and plays from "executive length" short to “pro length” long, and rewards for accuracy and shot-making. And, the surrounding scenery is extraordinary—naturally beautiful with frequent sightings of bald eagles, osprey, and fox.
Famed architect Pete Dye was given an unlimited budget and a free hand to design a championship golf course for a private owner in the mid–1980s. Thirty years later he was invited by the club members to return and remake a masterpiece. His finished work was unveiled in October 2014.Today, signature Dye elements abound, with long-views and risk-reward scenarios seemingly around every bend. The parkland front nine has been widened and offers both playable angles and daunting targets. The back nine, raised from the rice-field marshes, features sweeping, panoramic views in an exquisite Scottish-links style. “This is arguably my finest Southern design,” Mr. Dye says of his work at The Ford Plantation. The course was recently named one of Golf Digest magazine’s “Best New Golf Courses in America.”
The Clubhouse is classic and impressive, perched on the edge of the marsh on the site of the antebellum Cherry Hill Plantation. A formal colonnade of live oaks still greets visitors as it has since the middle of the 18th century. In keeping with the best sporting clubs, the Golf Pro Shop, practice facilities, and staff are superb. A full range of programming and instruction is available to players of all skill levels.