Pete Dye at Ford Plantation
by Joe Stine, Editor
Nov. 7th 2014, Florida Golf Magazine followed Pete Dye almost
100 miles past the Florida state border to Richmond Hill Georgia
where the $7 million-plus redesign of The Ford Plantations
Pete Dye-designed golf course was unveiled to national media
during a Nov. 7 8, showcase at the 1,800acre sporting
The 18th green
and clubhouse at Ford Plantation.
looked at The Ford Plantation as a unique chance and almost a
blank slate, Dye said of the course he originally built
nearly 30 years ago. We wanted to come back and make the
course better, and weve done that. And now the Ford Plantation
golf course will stand among my finest Southern designs.
To Club members
delight, Dye, the only living World Golf Hall of Fame architect,
was hands-on throughout the year-long project, spending extended
Pete Dye spoke at the opening ceremony of the newly redesigned
golf course at Ford Plantation.
envisioned as a restoration necessitated by infrastructure upgrades,
the updating became transformational in its effects. More than
1.7 million square feet of Celebration Bermuda sod was laid during
the project, as was a combined 58 miles of drainage and irrigation
pipe. Green size has grown by 20 percent and 16,000 gallons of
water per minute can now be moved into Ford Plantations
surrounding freshwater lakes via a new high-powered storm water
The front nine
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 Dyes.
links-style back ninesite of a working rice fields for
much of the 1800snow includes bunkering and natural waste
areas as part of an updated high dunes look and feel.
Some 94,000 cubic yards of soil was moved during the project
to achieve that result.
Dye was focused
on making the course more playable for Ford members, and the
new, more open layout includes generous landing areaswhile
retaining signature intimidating Dye elements such as 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.
The Ford Plantation
also partnered with MacCurrach Golf Construction to manage the
redesign. Its the ninth time that the Jacksonville, Fla.-based
firm has worked with Dye on this type of project.
The 17th green designed by Pete Dyw at Ford Plantation.
For more info see www.fordplantation.com