Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ford Plantation one of Golf Magazine's Best New Courses

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.”

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

​Florida Golf Central magazine wrote about a recent visit to Ford. “We couldn’t have enjoyed our play & stay at The Ford Plantation any more than we did. The hospitality of the staff, the excellent cuisine and the amenities of the Club were what you would expect from a well-defined southern club.” Read the full article on our Press Room page.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

TFP Is "Best Renovation (Private)" According to Links Magazine

TFP Is

​Just in time for Christmas, The Ford Plantation has received a great present! Links Magazine has named the golf course the Best Private Renovation in 2014. “Three decades after completing the original design at The Ford Plantation in Georgia, Pete Dye returned to lead a $7 million renovation. The project included increasing green sizes, new irrigation and new turf, making one of the best private clubs in the Southeast even better.” Please click here for the full article.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Best of the Best – LINKS Premier Property Guide, Winter 2015

Best of the Best – LINKS Premier Property Guide, Winter 2015

​Each year LINKS Premier Property Guide profiles America’s best clubs and golf experiences. The LINKS 2015 annual property guide just came out, and we’re pleased The Ford Plantation is considered among the “Best of the Best” by LINKS experts.

The LINKS Premier Property Guide is among the most comprehensive and authoritative guides to golf real estate with more than 250 communities categorized in 13 listings. This ambitious ranking by a panel of experts touches almost every aspect of the club experience. What is especially nice to see is a look at what the best clubs are doing to attract new members. The Ford Plantation Club has always offered a wide choice of member experiences to rival any private community.

Please click here to view the 2015 Premier Properties Guide.

We could not be more pleased to be recognized as best in class among the most prestigious of this respected group.

We also could not help but smile in appreciation that they chose to open the 2015 issue with the article on The Ford Plantation, “New Model Ford.”

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Ford Plantation Featured in Links Magazine Premier Properties Guide

The Ford Plantation Featured in Links Magazine Premier Properties Guide

The Ford Plantation is featured in a high-profile, two-page article spread in the national golf lifestyle publication Links Magazine Premier Properties Guide. This annual publication is distributed both digitally and in print, with a national print run of 60,000. Please click here to read the story.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Ford Plantation Named One of Golf Digest’s Best New Courses

The Ford Plantation Named One of Golf Digest’s Best New Courses

​The Ford Plantation Club’s golf course has been named to Golf Digest’s Best New Courses 2014 list. “Much like Trent Jr. at Poppy Hills, Dye replaced his own 30-year-old design with something of an entirely different style,” wrote Ron Whitten, the Golf Digest architecture editor. “Gone are narrow fairways, railroad tie bulkheads and waste bunkers. The front 9 is still in trees, thinned considerably; the back 9 still on a savannah, now with more contour.” The Ford golf course is ranked alongside the likes of Medinah Country Club, Olympic Hills Country Club and Poppy Hills Golf Club in the Golf Digest rankings.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Hunt for Big Red

The Hunt for Big Red

​The Hunt for Big Red is always a great tournament. Georgia is blessed to have large numbers of these bruisers prowling its waterways, and we had another perfect “Chamber of Commerce” type of day. 25 anglers, 6 boats, 1 goal…catch as many big redfish as you can by 3:30. Mission accomplished. It was an epic day of fishing here at The Ford Plantation, and a record day was set: the six boats managed to land 107 Giant Bull Redfish!!! WOW!!! Congratulations to all our sore-armed anglers. The winners caught an amazing 31 Big Reds. Congratulations to Team Model T (in photo, from left): Cheryl Chip, Barry Zarb, Captain Danny Sharpe, Jim Tamarack, and Jim Trolinger! Second Place went to Team Mako: Bob Bernstein, Myles Gillespie, Christian Alvarez, and Captain Mike Womble with a total of 20 Big Reds. Great job gentlemen! Mark your calendars for ODP’s next fishing tournament: November 13, The Great Ogeechee Trout Tournament. See you then.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Five-Stand Tournament

Five-Stand Tournament

The weekend started off with a bang! Literally. We hosted Ford Plantation’s first Five-Stand Tournament at Dorchester Shooting Preserve. It was a beautiful day, the clays flew straight and true, and the shooters were ready and eager. At the end of the 50 round tournament, there stood two shooters: Phillip O’Bannon and Jim Trolinger, tied. To the shoot-off we went. Shooting both clays of a very difficult true pair to seal the win was Jim Trolinger. Great shooting Jim—congratulations!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2014 Ford Plantation Fishing Fin-atics Tournament—And the Winner Is…

2014 Ford Plantation Fishing Fin-atics Tournament—And the Winner Is…

​The inaugural Ford Fishing Fin-atics tourney was a huge success. The tourney format was to catch 15 different fish over four months. Some were easier than others. No person caught all 15, so we assigned points for conventional and fly fishing catches.

It was a nip and tuck race to the finish line between Jeff Scott and Peggy Gillenwater. Over the last two weeks of the tourney, they leap frogged each other, while Robbie Carl was quietly catching fish on the fly. He caught a nice lemon shark on fly!! Great Job Robbie!

But at the end of the tournament only one person, could claim victory......PEGGY GILLENWATER is this year’s Ford Fishing Fin-atic with a total catch of 12 species totaling 45 points, barely edging out Mr. Scott who had 43 points, with Robbie close behind at 40.

Congratulations Peggy on a great couple of months of fishing adventures!! Plan to participate in next year’s tournament and see if you can be Ford’s next Fishing Fin-atic.

Peggy will receive a new rod and reel from Ogeechee Outfitters as well as dinner for four prepared at her home by Executive Chef Juan Carlos and ODP Director Mike Womble.

Pictured is Mike and Peggy with her Big Redfish for the tournament.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Ford Plantation Pete Dye Designed Golf Course Now Open

Ford Plantation Pete Dye Designed Golf Course Now Open

​- 1,700,000 square feet of Championship Bermuda sod laid

- 1,481,000 linear feet (280.49 miles) of irrigation system wire

- 304 yards added to course

- 20% larger greens

- Pete Dye’s finest southern golf course design = priceless

October 1st marked the opening day of the redesigned course. After one year and $7 million, the golf course restoration is complete and ready for members to play. Pete Dye and Tim Liddy oversaw the entire golf course restoration which addressed and corrected infrastructure issues on the golf course, including drainage, irrigation, green construction, and bunker construction. The improvements make the course more playable for all members, while challenging the best amateur and professional players. This project was one of the most extensive private course restorations in the country.

Opening day activities included a short game clinic with Champion Tour player Gene Sauers and Head Golf Pro Ryan Skipton and an Opening Day Tournament with 46 members playing.

Click here for Pete Dye’s welcome to the course message.