The Ford Plantation
Richmond Hill, Ga.
Architect: Pete Dye
Contractor: MacCurrach Golf
Year course opened: 1987
Budgeted Amount: $7.25 million
Pete Dye’s original design at ;e Ford
Plantation was a sight to see when it ;rst
opened in 1987. ;ough golf architecture enthusiasts forever saw the appeal in
playing a Dye design, in the nearly three
decades since it opened, its infrastructure
was failing and playability was subpar.
While the lifespan for most courses built
What the judges said:
in the 1980s is 20 years, ;e Ford Plantation
was pushing 30. ;e sta; was averag-
ing two to three irrigation repairs a week,
while most properties average that number
annually. ;is cost the club an enormous
amount of time and money that could be
better spent on a full renovation.
So Dye came back in 2013 and 2014 to
revamp the course to make it as desirable to
golfers as it once was. Even at age 90, Dye
made 14 site visits, which took about nine
hours each, all on foot.
“As we understand it, this is a lost art
in today’s modern golf course design,” the
“;e impressive part of this renovation was making it playable for low
handicappers as well as high handicappers. Sweeping and repetitive
long views added to the aesthetic appeal of the playing experience. “
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Atlantic Beach Country Club
Atlantic Beach, Fla.
Owner: Atlantic Beach Country Club
Architect: Erik Larsen
Contractor: MacCurrach Golf Construction Inc.
Year course opened: 1960
Budgeted Amount: $5 million
“A very well executed reimagining of the
previous tired facility. A real model for
how golf facilities that are on the brink
can be resuscitated and made into a
commercial and artistic success.”
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