The Ford Plantation Golf Club

Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame for his lifetime achievement of designing more than 100 courses, Pete Dye is best known for creating challenging courses that can give even the most accomplished golfer agita.

So much so, that it almost makes one wonder if whoever coined the phrase, “A bad day of golf, beats a good day at work” ever tested his or her resolve on a Dye-designed course.

In the mid-1980s, Dye was commissioned to build one of his signature courses in Richmond Hill, Georgia. The course he ultimately created at The Ford Plantation Golf Club was two courses in one—a parkland- style front nine and a links-style back nine. Collectively the confluence of these 18 holes blend themselves into an incredibly enjoyable, extremely technical, and profoundly beautiful 7,409-yard course ranked among the finest in the country. And for the members who reside at The Ford Plantation, there is never a need for a tee time.

Dye returned to The Ford Plantation in 2013 to embark on a year-long course restoration and transformation project.

“We wanted to come back and make the course even better, and we’ve done that,” said Dye. After the large-scale redesign of the course, Dye proclaimed, “The Ford Plantation course will stand among my finest southern designs.” And clearly critics concur. Golf Digest magazine listed The Ford Plantation Golf Course as one of the Top 20 Best Residential Courses in the state, which one PGA member recently claimed was on par with famed Augusta National Golf Course—home of The Master’s—as the best course in the great state of Georgia.

12511 Ford Avenue, Richmond Hill, Georgia / fordplantation.com / 912.756.5666

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