Canadian golfers in search of real estate investments where they can also pursue their tee-to-green passion have a dynamic destination to discover in the U.S. at The Ford Plantation.
Located approximately 30 kilometres southwest of Savannah, GA, in Richmond Hill, The Ford Plantation is a premier private sporting club and residential community.
The property’s golf course recently underwent a $7 million-plus yearlong redesign that was spearheaded by Pete Dye, the only living World Golf Hall of Fame architect.
Golf Digest named the refreshed Georgia layout as one of its Best New Courses for 2014.
“I looked at The Ford Plantation as a unique chance and almost a blank slate,” Dye said of a course he originally worked on nearly three decades ago. “We wanted to come back and make the course better, and we’ve done that. The Ford Plantation golf course will stand among my finest Southern designs.”
Dye was hands-on throughout the project, spending extended time on-site and hand drawing green complex designs in the Coastal Georgia dirt.
Originally envisioned as a restoration necessitated by infrastructure upgrades, the updating became transformational in its effects. Golf course architect Tim Liddy, a longtime Dye collaborator and confidant, helped lead the redesign.
“Pete is always passionate about his work, but it’s obvious that he feels a special connection with The Ford Plantation,” Liddy said. “It’s certainly among the largest redesigns of one his courses that he’s ever undertaken.”
More than 1.7 million sq.-ft. of Celebration Bermuda sod was laid during the project, as was a combined 100 kilometres of drainage and irrigation pipe. Green size has grown by 20% and 16,000 gallons of water per minute can be moved into surrounding freshwater lakes via a new high-powered storm water pump system.
The front nine at The Ford Plantation retained much of its former footprint and parkland feel, though landscape changes were introduced to widen corridors and create long views, a favorite technique of Dye’s.
The low country links-style back nine — site of a working rice fields for much of the 1800s — now includes bunkering and natural waste areas as part of an updated “high dunes” look and feel.
Dye was focused on making the course more playable for Ford members, and the new, more open layout includes generous landing areas — while retaining signature intimidating Dye elements such pot bunkers, switchback fairways and strong-side putting surfaces.
Low handicap players will also find a challenge, with tees that can now stretch to 7,409 yards.
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