The Ford Plantation is pleased to offer many exciting events throughout the year.

 

Homecoming

The Ford Plantation hosts a specially themed, annual Homecoming weekend every October. Several special events are held throughout the weekend, including the Golf Club Championship, an Oyster Roast, a Gala Dinner and Dance, Kids' Explorer Day Camp, and special spa and fitness events. This weekend is truly a highlight of The Ford Plantation event calendar.

 

Golf Tournaments

Each year, The Ford Plantation hosts several golf tournaments for members and guests. A seasonal highlight is the Golf Club Championship, held on Homecoming weekend every year. Men's and Ladies' Invitational and Member/Member tournaments are always popular, as is the Couples' Golf Series, which consists of six individual tournaments played throughout the season. For more information, please visit our Golf page.

 

Fishing Tournaments

Fishing tournaments are enjoyed by many Club members and their guests. The "Hunt for Big Red," the "Great Ogeechee Trout Tournament," and the "Spanish Mackerel Tournament" are all competitive favorites. The Wing and Clay Tournament combines a quail hunt in the morning and a challenging sporting clay course in the afternoon. While the Hook and Slice Tournament combines fishing and golfing skills into one wild competition. The "Silva Dolla" is the only tarpon tournament in Georgia and the longest running tarpon tournament in South Carolina and Georgia. The Ford Plantation also hosts Fish with Friends, a day of fun and fishing for special needs children of Richmond Hill. For more information, please visit our Outdoors/Fishing page.

 

Tennis Tournaments

The Ford Plantation annual Tennis Club Championship is held every year on Easter weekend, and Round Robins are scheduled throughout the year.

 

Golf Clinics

Our Junior Golf Clinics teach rules, etiquette, and swing fundamentals to help junior golfers ages six and up build a foundation for life long play. Our professional golf staff also offers instruction to adults to help lower those scores on the course.

 

Oyster Roasts

Ford Plantation regularly hosts traditional Oyster Roasts, featuring fresh oysters and a buffet of traditional Southern fare. The oysters are cooked on site and served hot on our custom-made oyster tables. Members and guests alike enjoy this Low Country tradition.

 

Book Club

The Ford Plantation Book Club meets one Thursday a month at The Main House. A delicious dinner prepared by the Club’s Executive Chef is served after the book discussion. The list of books is released early enough so that members have plenty of time to enjoy each book.

 

Bridge Club

The Ford Plantation Bridge Club meets Tuesday nights at Lake Dye Grill at 5:00 p.m. All members are invited to participate in this duplicate bridge game, which is not only a great social pastime, but also a wonderful way to keep sharp. Beginners who would like to learn more about the game are invited to come by and spend the evening watching and learning. Reservations are not required.

 

Round Table Dinners and Discussions

Ford's Round Table Dinners and Discussions focus on current affairs and feature guest speakers from the Georgia Southern University Literature & Philosophy and Political Science Departments and from around the region. The discussions cover a variety of topical issues. Round Tables are held on Wednesday evenings at The Main House. They begin at 6:00 p.m. and continue through dinner, which is prepared by the Club’s Executive Chef and served by professional wait staff.

 

Off-Site Trips

Each season, The Ford Plantation plans special trips to locations of interest to members. Previous trips have included Auldbrass (Frank Lloyd Wright's Southern Plantation), Fort Stewart, and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

 

Naturalist Programs

The Club’s naturalist offers a variety of programs both on- and off-property. Trips to places such as Cumberland Island, the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, and Jekyll Island are regularly scheduled. Many opportunities are provided throughout the year to get close to nature and learn more about the great outdoors right here on property. For more information, please visit our Naturalist page.

The Photo Club welcomes all levels of photographers, from novice to advanced. Each meeting focuses on a different aspect of photography, with the opportunity to learn from experts as well as accomplished members. The Photo Adventures series provides opportunities for Photo Club members and others to travel to such scenic places as Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, River Street in Savannah, Charleston, SC, and the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina.

 

Outdoor Pursuits Clinics

Outdoor Pursuits Clinics are held once a month and cover a variety of topics. Typically, the clinics last about 30–45 minutes and provide information about various outdoor pursuits. It's a great way to learn new tips and talk to others about your experiences. Everyone is welcome to come down to Ogeechee Outfitters, have a hot cup of coffee, and learn more about fishing, hunting, and the great outdoors.

Monthly Sporting Clays Fun Shoots are also offered at nearby Dorchester Hunt Club for all Ford shooting enthusiasts. For those who would like to explore the area on two wheels, a variety of bike rides both at Ford and throughout the Low Country are scheduled. Ride the Savannah to Tybee Rail Trail, bike through Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, or enjoy a beach ride on Jekyll Island.

 

The Spa

The world-class Spa offers several special programs throughout the year. Skin Care Clinics and skin analysis sessions are regularly featured. Spa Nights are always popular and provide a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends and make new ones. Special Spa packages are offered on Valentine's Day and Mother's Day, and special private events are always welcome at The Spa. For more information, please visit our Spa page.

 

Fitness

In addition to a full schedule of classes, personal training sessions, and state-of-the art fitness facility in The Sports Barn, several special fitness programs are also offered throughout the year. For more information, please visit our Sports Complex page.

 

Member Excursions

We offer a number of excursions throughout the year to locations near and far, from local wildlife refuges to regional landmarks to foreign countries. The locations and group leaders change to keep our excursions fresh and exciting.

 

Garden Club

All members are welcome to learn more about gardening and to help preserve the natural and historical beauty of The Ford Plantation by becoming a part of the Garden Club. The Garden Club is committed to providing members with opportunities to learn more about gardening in the South and to developing historical sites and landscapes on the Plantation property.

Vision Statement

The Ford Plantation is a premier sporting club offering a competitively superior variety of first-class amenities, including golf, an equestrian center and program, inland and offshore fishing, a deep-water marina, wing and clay shooting, tennis, squash, fitness facilities and programs, kayaking, fine and casual dining, a spa, and a naturalist program, and a variety of social and cultural activities.

The Plantation will preserve the architectural heritage of the antebellum Low Country and the unique character and natural beauty of its setting. It will reflect a refined yet informal Low Country style.

The Plantation seeks to have 400 Residential members and 95 nonresidential members. Recognizing the intimacy of the Ford community, the Club embraces a combination of diversity and compatibility in creating a membership of engaged and interesting people.