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The Ford and Hop On A Cure Raise $360K
to Fight ALS at Inaugural Golf Benefit

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The Ford Field & River Club played host to Hop On A Cure’s inaugural golf benefit, Driving Towards a Cure for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease — bringing participants from across the country together to raise money and awareness for the disease. The day was filled with friendly competition, a silent auction, incredible Lowcountry cuisine and an intimate concert by John Driskell Hopkins, founder of Hop On A Cure and a founding member of the GRAMMY award-winning Zac Brown Band. With the help of all who attended and supported, Driving Towards a Cure for ALS was a resounding success, raising $360,000 for research and the development of new treatments.

Fondly known as “Hop,” Hopkins and his wife Jennifer established Hop On A Cure in response to his ALS diagnosis in 2021, with a mission of “supporting research to prevent, reverse, and cure ALS while raising awareness, building a compassionate community, and unleashing the healing power of hope.” Hopkins’ journey has served as a profound inspiration to many as he and his family confront this debilitating disease. “I am so filled with love and hope after spending time with a community who shares our deep commitment to finding a cure for ALS,” says Hopkins. “The Ford was the perfect partner to tee off our first ever golf benefit. Jennifer and I hope to return soon.”

More than 140 participants, including Olympic gold medal swimmer Steve Lundquist, engaged in a day of camaraderie, competition and shared purpose on the award-winning, Pete Dye-designed course. After the outing, attendees enjoyed a cocktail hour at The Main House followed by a mouthwatering feast prepared by The Ford’s new Executive Chef Luis Young and his team, complete with a classic seafood boil of local shrimp, potatoes, corn and sausage.

The Ford’s Director of Golf, Ryan Skipton, who lost his father to ALS in 2020, played a pivotal role in creating, organizing and garnering support for the event. “It meant a lot to me to contribute to an event that would raise awareness and funds to find a cure,” explains Skipton. “With the incredible support of The Ford and its members, we were able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, a testament to the unwavering commitment to Hop On A Cure’s mission.”

As we reflect on the incredible turnout and success of Driving Towards a Cure for ALS, we’d like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all those who made the event possible. We are honored to provide a platform for the remarkable work of Hop On A Cure and look forward to hosting more events like this one in the future.

If you’d like more information or to donate to Hop On A Cure, please visit


Images courtesy of Jolie Loren


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‘Tis The Season for Oyster Roasts at The Ford

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October is here, which means it’s time to get shuckin’ at The Ford Field & River Club. Here at The Ford, the oyster roast is a seasonal tradition for the families of our community each year from October through March. A very special evening of food, fun and celebration is shared among our members at the Oyster House, a gathering space in the backwoods created just for the occasion.

Dive into more details about the famous oyster roasts at The Ford, below:

A Treasured Lowcountry Celebration

In the Lowcountry, oysters are an essential part of the cuisine. Locals have enjoyed savoring the mouth-watering delicacy for decades, ever since the first fishermen began celebrating it in the 1800s. A marsh-to-table feast that truly can’t be beat!

Soft lights illuminate the Oyster House at The Ford, where members gather for the seasonal oyster roasts each year. The casual evenings spent in the open air below the stars while dining with neighbors are some of our members’ most cherished moments in our community. The camaraderie while sharing a bucket of steamed oysters is truly unique to The Ford.

Piping Hot, Roasted Oysters Paired with Southern Staples

The fresh oysters caught along the Georgia coast are known for their plump, briny texture and flavor. At The Ford, we source our oysters locally while in season, along with fresh shrimp. First, the oysters are roasted over an open fire with a metal pan, burlap and a shovel. Then, the increasing steam brings the oysters up to a piping-hot temperature until they’re fully cooked.

The perfect pairing with oysters tends to come with the likes of fresh shrimp, fried chicken, jalapeno cornbread, mac & cheese, braised collard greens and herb-roasted potatoes. If you still have room for more, take a bite out of a chocolate trifle or make your own s’mores!

History Imbued into the Walls of the Oyster House

Walk up to the Oyster House and you’ll see an intriguing sign above the doorway: AIG-ROEG. What does it mean? The story goes, Henry Ford asked his workmen to build a cabin for the very first oyster roast ever back in the 1930s – in just under four days flat. Somehow, the men managed to construct it by the time of the party, even on such short notice.

As guests entered, they saw the legendary sign as we know it today. Read it backward, and you’ll see “GEORGIA” plain and clear. Some believe Henry had the sign made as a joke after some of his friends asked what he was doing “down there in backwards Georgia!”

Members-Only Oyster Roasts at The Ford

Our oyster roasts take place annually from October through March. This year, we’re hosting several exclusive roasts, where members can meet newcomers to The Ford and catch up with old friends. The most anticipated roast is our Homecoming Oyster Roast in mid-October, with more to come in the following months. We can’t wait to see you there!

Interested in learning more about life at The Ford? Schedule your visit today and discover why families from around the nation are choosing to make our one-of-a-kind community in the Georgia Lowcountry their home.


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Why Summer at The Ford is a Magical Time of Year

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Summer’s here—and with it, the return of sun-filled days spent enjoying the outdoors at The Ford Field & River Club. Adventures abound in every corner of The Ford, whether it’s boating and kayaking on the water or catching another round of golf at a moment’s notice. Kids out of school for the summer can join in on activities made for the whole family.

The near-perfect weather at our coastal Lowcountry community brings endless opportunities to savor the moment together with neighbors, friends and family. Take a look at the top activities happening at The Ford and the surrounding neighborhood this summer:

Summertime Events You Won’t Want to Miss—Exclusively at The Ford

Fill up your social calendar—every summer, The Ford hosts events for our members to enjoy. This month, we’ll be hosting a family-friendly burger night at Lake Dye Grill on Friday, July 29. Up next is our summer food truck coming August 9—also at members’ favorite spot, Lake Dye Grill.

Then, on August 13, our build-your-own chicken wings night gives members a chance to go classic or get creative with any combination of savory flavors! The season winds down at our end-of-summer block party on August 26, where members can enjoy a live band and Leopold’s famous ice cream while taking in sunset views from the Deepwater Marina.

Beyond our exclusive events, there’s more for our members to enjoy. No summer is complete without spending an afternoon at the Deepwater Marina and heading out for a day on the water. When the sun goes down, visit the Clubhouse for dinner overlooking the green of our award-winning golf course. Later, take a peaceful drive home and enjoy the sight of lightning bugs and the melodious chirps of crickets in your own private backyard.

Savannah’s Warm Southern Hospitality is Even Warmer in the Summer

The Ford is conveniently located close to all that Savannah has to offer. A city rooted in history and culture, Savannah is a favorite summer destination for travelers worldwide. Members of The Ford often make the short drive to the city and back—especially with all the summer fun to be had.

This season, enjoy the Savannah VOICE Festival during the first two weeks of August. Into spooky surprises? Catch an evening storytelling tour of Bonaventure Cemetery or join in on The Dinner Detective—an interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show. 

Carefree moments transform into nostalgic summertime memories—right here at The Ford. Now is the time to experience The Ford in person. Schedule your visit today and discover why families from around the nation are choosing to make our one-of-a-kind community in the Georgia Lowcountry their home.


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Celebrate the Luck of the Irish at Savannah’s World-Famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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After a two-year hiatus, Savannah is welcoming back one of its greatest and most anticipated traditions: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade. One of the largest of its kind in America, the parade is jam-packed with music, dancing, elaborate floats and, of course, lots of green. And lucky for us at The Ford Field & River Club (pun intended), we’re just a quick 30-minute drive from downtown Savannah where all the exciting festivities will take place. Explore this year’s events below and get ready for the jig of a lifetime.

Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist

March 17, 2022 — 8 a.m. 

Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities will begin with a traditional Mass at the spectacular Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist. Service begins right at 8 a.m., so make sure you’re there beforehand to grab a seat. The parade will kick off shortly after in front of the church steps on Abercorn Street. 


The St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 17, 2022 — 10:15 a.m.

This year’s parade will kick off around 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of Abercorn and Gwinnett Streets and end at Bull and Liberty. The route winds through much of the Historic District, featuring marching bands, service members, and incredible entertainment.Be sure to arrive early and stay for the day! 


Shamrocks & Shenanigans

March 16-20

Savannah’s Plant Riverside District is hosting an outstanding, five-day St. Patrick’s Day event along the riverfront with live music on two separate stages, Irish dance performances, mini golf, family-friendly activities and so much more. Check out the full schedule here.


For more information about this year’s parade and events, click here.
And to explore all that The Ford’s coveted location has to offer, discover what’s nearby and noteworthy.


Photo Courtesy of Southern Kitchen


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