Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Operation Pollinator Begins at The Ford Plantation
Operation Pollinator is a sustainable environmental initiative to attract the pollinators (bees and butterflies) and add contrast, color, and beauty to our Ford Plantation golf property. The Green Committee, in conjunction with Golf Course Maintenance, has developed a 4–5 year plan to sow wild flowers and native grasses and plants to the back nine wetlands and out-of-play areas of the front nine. The first phase of this project began in mid-March in the area to the right of #6 tee and is presently in full germination. Our own resident gardeners, Anne Copp, Susan Stanley, Valerie Foradas, Denise Thompson, and Natalie Thomas, are pictured along with Director of Golf Course Maintenance Nelson Caron. This team of members and staff worked diligently to sow a mixture of 30 seed types of native plants selected for the Southeast coastal environment. The team will next move to an area in the back nine wetlands to the left of #16 Dye tee.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Savannah Named the "Most Romantic City in the South"
Savannah was named the "Most Romantic City in the South" by The Huffington Post Travel! Savannah is a short drive from The Ford Plantation, allowing members to experience the romance of Historic Savannah, Georgia at anytime.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Pete Dye's Ford Plantation Course - Golf Vacations May-March 2015
“Golf in the Southern United States is at its finest at the Ford Plantation, Richmond Hill, Georgia. Just minutes from Savannah, Ford Plantation occupies 1,800 acres of lush former rice and cotton plantation land steeped in history and includes a 400-resident private gated community. Set within, is a unique private 18-hole championship golf course by award winning and World Golf Hall of Fame architect, 89 year-old Pete Dye.” Read the full article on the press room page.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Re-engineered Ford – Golfweek Magazine, February 23, 2015
“It took a quarter century, but they finally got The Ford Plantation right. … Now, after a yearlong closure for a total rebuild the Pete Dye-designed Ford Plantation finally lives up to the promise of its setting.”
In its Rater’s Notebook, Bradley Klein rated the course a 7.4, which if other course raters feel the same way, would result in Ford being ranked among the top 10 residential courses nationally and higher than courses such as Harbour Town, Sea Island, and Castle Pines. Read the full article on the Press Room page.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
The Ford Plantation Featured on Cover of Georgia Magazine
Touching simple lives: Henry and Clara Ford’s legacy in Georgia – Georgia Magazine, February 2015
“Amassing a substantial amount of property in the 1930s—upward of 70,000 acres—Henry Ford in 1936 began construction on a Greek Revival-style residence made of Savannah gray brick that faced the Ogeechee River. …Today, it’s part of the centerpiece of 1,800-acre Ford Plantation, a private community whose members may house guests at the residence that Ford and his wife, Clara, chose for their winter home.” Read the full article on our Press Room page.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Wedding with Southern Elegance
An elegant Ford Plantation wedding was recently featured on Style Me Pretty. The beautiful bride writes, “There was no question when planning the wedding that we would get married at The Ford Plantation, a place that is truly special to our family and us. For years Will and I would tell our friends about this amazing place and we couldn’t wait to share it with them. We wanted our guests to experience the same magic that enchants us about Ford.”
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Executive Chef Featured on Front Page of Savannah Morning News
The Ford Plantation Executive Chef Juan Carlos Rodriguez is featured on the front page of the Savannah Morning News and SavannahNow.com. Each year, Chef Juan Carlos helps Fort Stewart Culinary Team members train and prepare for the Military Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, Va.
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Valentine’s Day Weekend at The Ford Plantation
This year, Valentine’s Day falls on the long Presidents Day weekend, making it the perfect opportunity for a getaway to The Ford Plantation. The following special events are scheduled:
• Nine & Dine Golf Event
• Couples Trail Rides
• Cupid’s Couples Massages
• Beverage School with Joe Donelan of Donelan Wines
• Cupid’s Cup Shooting Tournament for Couples
• Valentine’s Day Reception and Wine Dinner with Donelan Wines
• Nature Walk with Nicole the Naturalist
The Savannah Book Festival is also being held that weekend (www.savannahbookfestival.org), making it a great time to visit Ford and Savannah together!
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Acclaimed Charleston Chef Wows Ford Plantation Members with Plantation-Themed Wine Dinner
Ford Plantation members and guests were transported to the 1890s during a recent special Guest Chef Dinner featuring dishes that highlighted the Lowcountry's distinctive flavors and culinary history.
Executive Chef Don Drake of Magnolia's in Charleston, S.C. joined Ford Plantation Executive Chef Juan Carlos Rodriguez for a delicious five course meal that drew rave reviews from attendees. Wine pairings were expertly made by Ford Food & Beverage Director James Scott. Adam Close, Executive Chef of Blossom, sister restaurant of Magnolias, also cooked at the event.
Drake, a Charleston culinary scene luminary for more than two decades, drew his inspiration for the menu from turn-of-the 19th century Southern plantation life, selecting ingredients that would have been available in Savannah during the winter months.
Dishes prepared included Cast Iron Seared Diver Sea Scallop, Apple Brandy Soaked Speck with Aged Vinegar, Parmesan Crusted Gigged Flounder with Carolina Plantation Shrimp Pirloo, Georgia-raised Bison, and Lemon Sweet Biscuits and Fresh Strawberries.
Of particular interest to diners was the story behind the scallop selection. "Scallops were harvested up north then shipped down South on ice after first winter storm of the year," Drake said. "They would arrive in Charleston first, then much later in Savannah after being transported up river. So about this time of year, people in Savannah would be sitting down to their first scallop in months."
The evening was truly memorable and representative of the experiences our members regularly enjoy. See photos on the event here on our Facebook page.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Ford Plantation one of Golf Magazine's Best New Courses
Noted golf architecture writer Joe Passov recently praised The Ford Plantation Course redesign in the January digital edition of Golf Magazine: “Situated 18 miles from Savannah, this private Lowcountry layout by Pete Dye is a superb revision of his own 1989 creation, which began life as Sterling Bluff. Selective tree clearing has opened up the wooded front nine, and the savannah-influenced back nine remains a graceful routing through the marsh but is more playable, with wider, more contoured fairways … meaning more fun for a grateful membership.”