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The Ford Field & River Club Makes Headlines
with $22.5M Amenity Upgrade Initiative

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Members of The Ford Field & River Club have much to look forward to in the year ahead. Our private coastal sporting club community is proud to announce a transformative $22.5M amenity upgrade initiative that will enhance our already exceptional lifestyle offerings. In a powerful statement of member unity, commitment and stewardship, members of The Ford voted with a 90% YES vote to approve the funding. Set to break ground in early September, the initiative will expand key amenities, such as the Lake Dye Grill, Sports Barn, Clubhouse and Golf Practice Facility. The recent announcement made headlines in the Savannah Business Journal and Club + Resort Business, both calling it “the most significant amenity transformation undertaken by any private community in the region.” A first look at the planned enhancements is featured below. 

“Our members are the stewards of the community, and this financial commitment reflects their desire to remain the finest coastal sporting club in the country,” said John Johnstone, General Manager/COO of The Ford Field & River Club.

The news follows The Ford’s reporting of back-to-back years of record sales and the $650,000 enhancement of its centerpiece amenity, The Main House. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 7,000-square-foot Greek revival estate originally served as Henry and Clara Ford’s historic winter home.

“We’re fortunate The Ford Field & River Club is member-owned and that the voices of our community are the driving force behind this multi-year amenity transformation that  generations of members will cherish,” Johnstone added. 

The Ford is partnering with Kuo Diedrich Chi Architects (KDC), a full-service architectural firm that specializes in master planning and design for Platinum Clubs worldwide, and Love Golf Design to reenvision the amenity spaces. 


Overlooking a stunning oak alleé, the Ogeechee River and Pete Dye Golf Course, the Clubhouse is a favorite among members, home to a restaurant, bar and lounge, marketplace, locker rooms and the golf pro shop. Planned improvements include new indoor and outdoor dining areas, an expanded bar, a multi-season porch with varied dining and socializing experiences, new locker rooms, access from the 18th hole to the bar and lounge, and more. 

Lake Dye Grill

Situated next to the Lake Dye Pool, the go-to spot for casual fare between swims or post-workouts is getting an update while preserving its original “look and feel.” New modern amenities at Lake Dye Grill will include an open kitchen, multi-use beverage center, and a new wraparound porch designed to maximize serene views over Lake Dye. 

Golf Practice Facility

The Ford is home the award-winning, Pete Dye-designed 18-hole golf course coveted for having no tee times and shaped by freshwater lakes and the scenic coastline of the Lowcountry. A new golf practice facility will elevate the member experience, envisioned as an expansion of the driving range and short game practice areas. The facility will feature a new larger short game area, an expanded family putting course and practice green, a connector path, cart parking and staging, a dedicated teaching tee, patio dining, and firepits all aimed at accommodating increased member usage and enhancing the overall golfing experience.

Sports Barn

The 7,000-sq.-ft., two-level fitness center known as Sports Barn will transition to a more comprehensive wellness center with expanded cardio and strength offerings, a new entrance and an enhanced lounge area, located close to the community’s three Har-Tru tennis courts, croquet, bocce, lawn tennis, pickleball, and basketball courts.

The amenity transformations are set to further enhance the member experience, blending the natural beauty and history of The Ford with contemporary luxury and functionality. Additional amenities include an Equestrian Center, Deepwater Marina, Oyster House, The Spa, Lake Dye Pool, The Great Lawn, Edsel Community Farm, and a Naturalist Center. 

Experience the extraordinary lifestyle enjoyed by member-owners at The Ford Field & River Club for yourself. Schedule your Discovery Visit today to immerse yourself in our one–of–a–kind style of Lowcountry living.


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