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A Lowcountry Lifestyle You Can Only Find at The Ford

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Tucked away in the heart of the Lowcountry, The Ford Field & River Club beckons those seeking more than just a home, but an extraordinary way of life. Here, an intimate community joins together to craft its own legacy among storied landscapes. With a serene and perfectly situated locale, multi-generational bonds and world-class sporting club amenities, The Ford offers the picture-perfect backdrop for families and fellow members to connect with one another and experience a lifestyle unlike anywhere else.

A Legacy Built Together

Entirely under the care of the community’s membership base, The Ford’s present-day stewards continue to preserve and honor its rich history while creating exceptional opportunities for enjoyment. Because most of our members are also proud property owners here, you’ll find a deep sense of kinship and commitment within our community. It’s this sense of belonging that makes The Ford truly special. Our spaces and amenities are thoughtfully designed to be enjoyed collectively — parents can share a leisurely round of golf with their kids, grandparents can impart the art of fishing to their grandchildren by the serene private lakes, and our younger members can revel in the freedom of friendship at our pools and sports courts.

Sunny Days & Sporting Adventures

At The Ford, an active lifestyle is woven into the fabric of everyday living. Here, a meandering river, scenic trails, and lush marshlands create an ideal backdrop for year-round sporting adventures. Nestled in our private coastal community, you’ll enjoy consistently pleasant temperatures and mild winters with daytime highs in the 60s and nighttime lows in the 40s. This climate perfectly complements a diverse range of thrilling sports and activities both on land and water. Explore over a dozen on-site trails on foot, bike, or horseback, or set out on extensive protected waterways for boating, kayaking, or canoeing. Whether you’re pursuing a lifelong passion, uncovering a new talent, or simply striving for wellness, The Ford offers a vibrant array of options to answer your call to adventure.

Award-Winning Golf Without Tee Times

Upon the completion of this masterpiece, renowned golf course designer Pete Dye himself hailed it as his “Finest Southern Links.” Spanning 250 breathtaking acres, this award-winning course is meticulously crafted around serene freshwater lakes, verdant meadows, and captivating coastal vistas. What sets it apart is its welcoming atmosphere—here, there are no tee times to rush your game. Players of all ages and skill levels are free to step onto the course at their own pace, savoring the joy of an unhurried round whenever they please. Designed exclusively for the enjoyment of members, the Ford’s private course has garnered acclaim from esteemed national publications, including Golfweek, Golf Digest, and LINKS Magazine.

A Sweet Spot in the South

While members can indulge in a lifetime of on-site amenities and activities at The Ford, there are epic excursions and cultural gems waiting just beyond our gates. Just outside our gates is Richmond Hill, a charming city of over 18,000 residents that has retained its small-town allure. A short 30-minute drive northward brings you to Savannah, and just two hours away, the renowned city of Charleston awaits. For maritime escapades, residents can set sail to nearby Barrier Islands or explore the Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge, each just a stone’s throw from The Ford’s deepwater marina. Traveling to and from The Ford is effortless, with the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport a mere 20-minute drive north, offering direct flights to major cities.

An Idyllic Investment

In the serene enclave of The Ford, the allure of Southern living is complemented by a tax-friendly environment. Georgia’s reputation as a tax-friendly state extends gracefully to The Ford, making it an even more enticing place to call home. Here, property taxes are thoughtfully structured, allowing residents to benefit from lower tax burdens on their cherished homes. This favorable property tax landscape, coupled with a rich array of amenities and a close-knit community, enhances the appeal of The Ford as a haven where residents can savor the joys of life without the weighty monetary concerns found in other locales.

A Place in History

Completed in 1938, The Main House, a 7,000-square-foot masterpiece, stands proudly as a classic example of Greek Revival architecture. Honored with a place in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, it underwent meticulous restoration by businessman Ghaith R. Pharaon upon his acquisition of The Ford in 1981. Today, The Main House remains the cherished centerpiece of The Ford’s community, offering a welcoming space for families to gather. Inside, you’ll find a wood-paneled library, inviting rooms for hosting events and an underground tunnel. Members can even reserve one of five well-appointed private suites, including Henry and Clara Ford’s very own private quarters for special events.

If you’re interested in ownership, schedule a Discovery Visit today and explore the extraordinary lifestyle this Lowcountry retreat has to offer.


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Watch: Experience the Beauty of The Ford With a Discovery Visit

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The Ford’s Discovery Visits offers guests the opportunity to enjoy either a single-day experience or a three-day and two-night stay at The Main House, Henry and Clara Ford’s winter home. Whether you have a few hours or a few days available, our dedicated team is ready to curate an unforgettable journey for you. 

Tee off on our award-winning Pete Dye golf course, set out from our Deepwater Marina by boat for a wild-life viewing experience, explore our 1,800-acres by bike, or savor a farm-to-table meal at one of The Ford’s on-site dining venues. After your adventures, take a private tour of our beautifully designed Lowcountry homes and coveted homesites. From its miles of scenic waterfront and 1,800 acres alive with centuries-old oaks, blooming magnolia trees and vibrant native wildlife, The Ford Field & River Club is a one-of-a-kind Lowcountry oasis just waiting to be discovered. 

Please contact Marianne Schofield at 912.756.5614 or email [email protected]  to schedule your Discovery Visit and experience everything Georgia’s premier private coastal sporting club community has to offer.


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Thriving Together:
How Women at The Ford Unite Through Sport and Camaraderie

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At The Ford Field & River Club, the spirit of camaraderie and friendly competition flourishes among women through an array of sporting and social activities. From days spent on our Pete Dye-designed golf course to equestrian adventures, card games to clay shooting, The Ford is a haven for members to embrace their passions, build friendships and create lasting memories.

Girls on the Green: Laughs and Lively Rounds

“Girls on the Green”, affectionately known as GONG, is a golf clinic for golfers of all levels. Here, the focus is on enjoyment, not intimidation. With a mission to create an environment where laughter echoes more than frustration, GONG encapsulates the spirit of supportive golf etiquette with a playful twist. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or a novice, GONG promises a community where individual achievements are celebrated together, and fun on the course is always guaranteed.

Equestrian Center: Leisurely Rides and Exciting Events

Embrace your passion for horses at our state-of-the-art Equestrian Center—an idyllic haven for riders of all levels. Whether you’ve spent a lifetime in the saddle or are saddling up for the very first time, our seasoned instructors and world-class facilities cater to your individual skill level and style. Our women riders coordinate frequent trail rides together to enjoy the serenity of the Lowcountry and bond with their trusty steeds. From lessons and clinics to group trail rides and on-site events, there’s something for every rider to enjoy and explore.

Sporting Adventures: The Thrill of Shooting and Hunting

Venture beyond the ordinary with sporting clays, wing shooting and hunting at Dorchester Shooting Preserve, just a short drive away and open to all Ford members. After a few rounds of fun, swap scores and stories over lunch or dinner in the lodge. Whether it’s testing your aim or embracing the thrill of the hunt, Dorchester Shooting Preserve offers an exhilarating experience for those seeking adventure and shared excitement.

Weekly Card Games and Book Club: Connecting Through Play and Literature

For those who delight in card games and curling up with a book, The Ford presents weekly opportunities to bond. Members can join fellow card game lovers in the Clubhouse Dining Room to enjoy a weekly ladies’ game of “Hand and Foot.” Those who aren’t familiar with the game are welcome to come “watch and learn” before trying their hand or schedule a lesson with fellow members before joining the group to play. If you’re a literature enthusiast, our Ladies Book Club invites you to discuss captivating reads over dinner, sharing insights and perspectives with fellow members.

Pickleball Clinics: Active Pursuits and Friendly Rallies

Elevate your athleticism at our Pickleball Clinics, designed to suit varying skill levels. From intermediate players to seasoned pros, the pickleball court becomes a canvas for friendly rallies and active enjoyment. Members can participate in our clinics on Mondays and Thursdays, where topics change weekly, ensuring a dynamic and engaging experience.

The Spa: Indulge and Rejuvenate

For those seeking relaxation and pampering, The Spa at The Ford offers a tranquil escape. Tailored to the comfort of members, The Spa provides a range of services, from hair design and cosmetology to massages and facials. With licensed professionals tending to your needs, The Spa promises a retreat where rejuvenation and enjoyment take center stage. The private rooms, locker rooms, and serene environment offer a space where you can unwind and refresh, embracing moments of pure bliss.

At The Ford, shared passions among members are what shape our community, embodying the true spirit of togetherness. If you’re interested in ownership, schedule a Discovery Visit today and explore everything this Lowcountry retreat has to offer.


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The Ford’s Pete Dye Championship Golf Course
Plays Host to the 72nd Georgia Open

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The Ford Field & River Club played host to the 72nd Golf Pro Payments Georgia Open this past weekend, August 3-6, making this the sixth time the storied tournament has graced the fairways of our Pete Dye Championship Golf Course.

Organized by the Georgia PGA, the four-day event showcased 144 professionals and promising amateurs, set against the picturesque backdrop of our Lowcountry coastal setting. This championship holds a unique distinction as the sole 72-hole, four-day event among all Georgia PGA events, punctuated by a captivating cut after the initial 36 holes of competition.

As the fog cleared after a brief delay on Friday morning, the stage was set for a fun, competitive weekend. Mini-tour professional Kam Williams overtook third-round leader Greg Edwards with well-timed birdies. The competition narrowed to Williams and Edwards on Sunday during the final round, with Williams securing a two-shot victory, thanks to a stellar finish on the last two holes. In front of a supportive crowd, Williams clinched the championship with a score of 17-under par 271, securing the $9,000 prize for first place.

“The Ford has a special place in my heart since I got to play there for the first time years ago in the Georgia Open,” shared Williams. “I always tell people how perfect The Ford’s course is with its impeccably maintained greens and inviting yet challenging fairways. Over the four years I’ve competed, I’ve only had great experiences there, and the staff and members are always so welcoming. I want to say thank you again to everyone who supported us this week and for inviting us to your special community.”

Aidan Kramer claimed the low amateur title, finishing in third place at 10-under par 278, followed by Brett Barron and Harry Jones at 9-under par 279.

The Ford’s celebrated course, hailed by Pete Dye as one of his finest Southern designs, combines parkland-style and links-style elements. Meticulously crafted, it offers a rewarding golf experience, showcasing Lowcountry beauty with bunkers, greens and hazards that challenge all skill levels.

The 72nd Golf Pro Payments Georgia Open came to a triumphant close, leaving behind a legacy of competitive spirit, camaraderie and unforgettable moments on the fairways of The Ford. 

Interested in ownership at The Ford?

Schedule a Discovery Visit today to experience our coastal sporting club’s award-winning golf course.


Photo Credit: Michael Rakowskiew


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Top 5 Summer Activities at The Ford

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With summer officially here, activities are heating up at The Ford Field & River Club. Whether you’re looking forward to venturing out each day to embrace the warm weather or you’re more inclined to spend the sunny quiet afternoons strolling under the shady oaks or kicking back on the porch while the kids run free—The Ford is where everyone can have their perfect summer. 

Below, Mike Womble, Director of Outdoor Pursuits at The Ford, shares some of our members’ favorite ways to stay cool (or embrace the heat) and create summer memories that will last a lifetime.

Pool Days

Solo or with family and friends, days at the Lake Dye Pool are not to be missed. “With kids out of school and adults wanting to take a cooling plunge, we have lots of excitement happening in and near the pool,” says Mike. Plus, the adjacent Lake Dye Grill is open for the season—serving fresh burgers, icy cocktails and more to enjoy poolside.

Summer Camps

In the summer months, The Ford’s staff naturalist Brittany Dodge hosts two-week-long Kids Summer Camps. “During each session, 15 to 20 kids enjoy the pool, learn about nature, make nature-themed crafts, try their hand at golf, create (and eat) fun treats with The Ford’s on-site chef, go fishing and just have a blast being a kid,” says Mike. As for parents—they’ll get days to themselves, followed by tired-out (and happy) kids in the evenings.

Evenings by the Campfire

No summer at The Ford is complete without at least a few evenings under the stars. Head to The Main House and watch the sunset by the pool, fire up s’mores at the Oyster House’s outdoor fire pit, or opt to get a table at the Clubhouse and take in the evening—and the golf course greens—alongside a great meal. Wherever you go, keep your eyes peeled for flickering lightning bugs and listen to the crickets sing—this is what summer dreams are made of.


“All summer long, crabbing for Georgia Blue Crabs is in full swing at the flood gates along Lake Clara,” says Mike. “Huge 6- to 9-inch crabs can be caught at these ‘pinch points’ along the Lake Clara Dike Trail. You can throw out a trap and wait, but the most fun is to take crab lines with chicken necks tied to them and lure the crabs to the surface to net them. Expect hours of fun for the kids and the kids-at-heart in your family.”

Horseback Riding

Exploring The Ford from about five feet off the ground is a spectacular way to enjoy both nature and adventure any time of the year—and summer is no exception. The Ford houses more than 10 miles of bridle trails—explore them on your own horse, borrow one of ours or set out on a guided tour. Make sure to cool off in the Equestrian Center’s comfy members’ lounge after a leisurely ride through the lowcountry.


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4 Fish to Angle for this Summer

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“Summer is a great time to be a fisherman here at The Ford Field & River Club,” says Mike Womble, Director of Outdoor Pursuits at The Ford and a trusted resource on all things angling. “Some of the most sought-after game fish show up in large numbers when the water gets warm around here. Whether you are a fly fisherman or use conventional tackle, you won’t be disappointed with what our waterways have to offer.”  Discover four of the fish species you’ll likely hook this season at or near The Ford.

Sea Trout & Redfish

“Just a short boat ride from The Ford is Ossabaw Sound, which offers the angler numerous fishing opportunities,” says Mike. “Spotted sea trout and redfish are schooling around nearly any small creek mouth or oyster shell bar in the sound—and while live shrimp is the go-to bait to catch these scrappy fighters, they will also greedily take shrimp or crab pattern flies.”


Triple Tail

As June arrives, so does the Triple Tail. “A fly fishers dream—these fish have the habit of floating on their side and can be sight-casted to by the fly angler,” notes Mike. “They will also take many different artificial and live baits for the conventional angler. The average size of these little monsters is 5-20 pounds. The great thing about Triple Tails is that they are amazing table fare. Let your Ford guide filet your catch and take it up to our chef at the Clubhouse for an amazingly fresh and tasty meal—prepared to your liking.”



“Late June brings the king of all game fish to our coastal waters—including the Tarpon. These giants migrate here and stay around till late September,” says Mike. “Usually caught on live bait like mullet or menhaden, these fish range in size from 50-150+ pounds and will test any angler lucky enough to hook one. Once hooked, these fish make incredibly acrobatic jumps—sometimes reaching 10 feet in the air!  They are the holy grail of sport fishing, for sure. We typically take a picture and release them to fight another day.”


Largemouth Bass

“If you would like to stay on property, the Ford offers almost 300 acres of freshwater lakes and ponds to delight the Largemouth Bass angler,” says Mike. “Summer is the best time to catch these fish using topwater lures and flies. During early mornings and late evenings, these tough fish will greedily take a frog pattern, lure or a wounded baitfish lure from the surface and show off when hooked with some amazing acrobatic moves. The average size Largemouth Bass caught at The Ford is between 2-6 pounds, with a few bruisers in the 7-10 pound class caught every summer.”


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VIDEO: Explore The Ford’s World-Class Golf Course

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Golf at The Ford Field & River Club is more than just playing a game—it provides players a one-of-a-kind connection with the unique riverfront setting, one another and the native wildlife. This is no accident, of course. Designed by World Golf Hall of Fame legend Pete Dye in 1987 and redesigned by Dye again in 2014, our 250-acre golf course pays homage to and utilizes the natural surroundings of the Georgia Lowcountry throughout its 18 holes. In this video, Ryan Skipton, PGA and Director of Golf at The Ford, touches on the history of golf at The Ford, why it’s a favorite pastime and much, much more.


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