For the fifth time in six years, The Ford Field & River Club was honored to host the Georgia Open golf tournament on its 250-acre Pete Dye Championship Golf Course. Featuring a parkland-style front nine and a links-style back nine, The Ford’s award-winning course was described by the late Pete Dye himself as one of his “finest Southern designs.”
This year’s field consisted of 144 players from across the state ranging from club professionals, mini tour players and elite amateurs. Despite some heavy rain—a full four inches over the course of the tournament—the event concluded on August 5 with Matt Nagy winning the title of 2021 Georgia Open Champion with a 72 hole total of 15-under par.
“Members enjoy seeing the best players in the state come to test their skills at our golf course,” says The Ford General Manager Marc D. Ray. “Not only do members come out to watch, they also volunteer for live scoring on the weekend. This event is an opportunity to show players from all over Georgia how truly special our golf course at The Ford is. Despite all the rain during the week, players were in awe of how firm and fast our greens remained, which provided a great championship.”
Throughout the tournament, many pro players were overheard expressing their delight in The Ford’s course, which is shaped by coastline, meadows and freshwater lakes—Matt Nagy was even overheard remarking that The Ford was home to “the best greens I’ve ever putted on.”
“I think the players most enjoyed the lowcountry setting our course sits on as well as our distinct and unique front and back nine,” says The Ford’s resident PGA pro, Ryan Skipton. “The course’s conditioning and our firm and fast greens as well as the ability to stretch over 7,400 yards makes us the perfect venue to host this championship. The feedback I got from the players was they were fascinated with how well our golf course took on the rain all week. We were able to provide championship conditions and it was a very successful event.”
Arrange a Discovery Visit to experience The Ford’s Pete Dye Championship Golf Course as well as our numerous other amenities and tour available properties. Contact Danielle Hopper at Dhopper@FordFieldandRiverClub.Com or 912.756.5614 today.