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Georgia's Ford Plantation Begins Restoration of Its Pete Dye Golf Course


The Ford Plantation in Richmond Hill, Ga., is breaking ground on a restoration of its Pete Dye golf course. The project will be one of the most extensive private course restorations in the country. Dye and Tim Liddy are leading the design, which will update the Coastal Georgia course to meet Dye's evolving vision.

"The impetus for this project was to upgrade the infrastructure of the course," said Liddy in a press release. "However, we then realized this was also the perfect time for a complete restoration that would renew the greens, bunkers and fairway contouring to align with Mr. Dye's vision for course. I am thrilled to work beside Mr. Dye to bring his unique touches back to the Ford Plantation golf course."

Restoration work to the infrastructure will improve drainage and add a new irrigation system. The front nine will maintain most of its current footprint; however, landscape changes are being introduced to widen corridors and create longer views. The work on the back nine includes more bunkering and natural waste areas.

No. 13 provides an example of how the "Lowcountry links" back nine will introduce a "high dunes" look and feel. The hole is defined as a "Cape Hole," featuring Lake Clara on its right. A player can shorten the hole with a solid shot down the right-hand side. The bailout left will most likely find the waste area and an uneven line. It will be a classic Dye risk/reward par-4 upon completion.

The 17th will feature a new green site elevated and pushed towards Lake Clara that will provide the player with a panoramic view of the property. The hole will play nearly 220 yards from the back tee and almost 100 yards from the front teeing area. Dye is known for his historic penultimate holes at Ocean Course at Kiawah, TPC Sawgrass, Harbour Town Golf Links and Whistling Straits.

The Ford Plantation will be working with MacCurrach Golf Construction of Jacksonville, Fla., to manage the restoration. This will be MacCurrach's ninth Pete Dye project. Course construction began September 30 and is expected to take a year to complete.

"The end result of the restoration will achieve a number of goals for our community," said C.W. Canfield, Ford Plantation's director of golf. "The course will be a more enjoyable and playable surface for all skill levels, with architectural enhancements that welcome and guide players through this outstanding Low Country course. It will also give us the distinct privilege of working alongside Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye as we breathe new life into one of his original course designs."

For more information about the Ford Plantation, visit http://fordplantation.com.