By Torleif Sorenson on 1/28/13
Over the weekend, the long-awaited courses at Streamsong Resort officially opened. Located 45 miles southeast of Tampa and about 85 miles southwest of Orlando, this facility features two courses built over an abandoned phosphate mine — simultaneously, but by two different sets of "traditionalist" architects.
Tom Doak designed the Blue Course, while long-time partners Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw designed the Red Course. Both play to over 7,100 yards from the tips, but between 5,100 and 5,500 from the forward tees.
If this writer had seen just the pictures without already knowing where they were taken, I would have assumed that these courses were in Australia. And in fact, Coore and Crenshaw and Doak designed side-by-side courses at Barnbougle on Australia's island state of Tasmania — but not simultaneously.
Eventually, lodging and dining facilities will open on-site, but the courses have been open — and remarkably busy — since late in 2012. Reservations / tee-times can be made via phone or online at the club's web site.
Beauty is in the eyes of each beholder, but both the Red and Blue courses were very quickly added to this writer's "bucket list."
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Images via Streamsong Resort
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Damn, Florida? Last place I'd guess.
$175 a round. If the place really has the flavor seen in the photos, I'd play it. I'm headed to the Sarasota area next month, not really too far from here. Maybe an hour. I'd love to play it, but just don't think I'll have an extra $175, unless I give up three of the other rounds I have scheduled. Maybe next time. It really looks awesome.
i'll be heading to Sarasota as well, but in December. i'm going to try and play here as a Xmas gift to myself.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Doug: If you get there and play, please let either me or Nathan know, via e-mail. If you get a few pix, that's a bonus!
You lucky so-and-so...
So there's Bandon Dunes, Cabot Links, Streamsong, Prairie Dunes, all fairly new really high end destination resorts along with the traditional high end places like Pebble, all in an industry that is struggling and losing courses every year. Makes sense, right?
The rich who get richer need their toys too.
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