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February 12, 2022

Streamsong to add a 4th golf course

By Dave Daubert
Streamsong Resort clubhouse

Coore-Crenshaw to build short course near Streamsong lodge

Streamsong Resort in Florida announced the addition of a fourth that will be designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

The architects, who designed the resort’s Red course, will partner with the Mosaic Company to add a new short course a short walk from the Streamsong Lodge.

Streamsong Resort lodge
The new short course at Streamsong to be designed by Coore-Crenshaw will be a short walk from the Streamsong lodge (photo courtesy of Streamsong Resort)

The resort, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, boasts three 18-hole championship golf courses – the Red, Black and Blue – all of which have garnered accolades from the golf world.

“Ben and I are pleased to announce that we will again be working with our friends at the resort, this time to create a short course within walking distance of the lodge,” Bill Coore said.

The property winds through the century-old oaks, mining cuts and along the banks of Little Payne Creek. Dramatic elevation changes exist, thanks to a former phospate mining operation that created hills, dunes, ridges and brows to form the landscape on  which Coore/Crenshaw and Gil Hanse/Jim Wagner and Tom Doak sculpted golf courses.

“The site for the short course is gifted with sand-based landforms, and although smaller in scale and definitely different in character from its three big brothers, we believe this new addition has the potential to complement the amazing golf experiences that have made Streamsong one of our nation’s most highly acclaimed golf destinations,” Coore said.

New short course: No tee markers, no set par

The layout will be designed as a walking course where a full set of clubs will not be required. The new concept will allow guests to play more quickly and without specified tee markers or a score relative to par.

Early routings on the roughly 100-acre site include holes ranging from 70 to 300 yards.

“We are thrilled to work with Bill and Ben again on this new short course, and we are equally ecstatic that the Streamsong’s unprecedented success in 2021 allows us to fund this project with cash generated by the management at the resort,” said Ben Pratt, Mosaic senior vice president of government and public affairs.

Streamsong Resort
The landscape at Streamsong was formed during a phospate mining operation (photo courtesy of Streamsong Resort)

“As we approach the final design, we are focused on creating fun and accessible golf that will rival its bigger siblings for quality and character,” he said.

Coore and Crenshaw designed Streamsong Red, which opened in 2012 with “Best New U.S. Course” honors. It is perennially ranked among the top 30 courses in the U.S. by Golf Digest, Golf magazine and Golfweek.

Streamsong’s courses are walking-only during Florida’s high season. Caddies and forecaddies are available but not required.

 Steve Skinner, CEO of KemperSports, which manages Streamsong’s golf courses called the short course “the perfect addition to the three ‘Top 100’ layouts and will further enhance the existing unique and spectacular experience for our guests.”

Streamson is home to the only warm-weather destination with three courses in the “Top 50 You Can Play” in the United States. It is the only destination in the world with three distinct golf courses designed by legendary architects, accorsing to the resort.

The Streamsong Resort is south of Lakeland, Fla., and an hour east of Tampa and an hour and 45 minutes southwest of Orlando.

Guests visiting the 16,000-acre property  can stay at the resort’s 216-room lodge. The resort offers multiple options, clubhouses and a spa, Guided bass-fishing adventures, sporting clays and archery challenges are also available.

Dave Daubert, an occasional Alabama Golf News contributor, is a Kissimmee, Fla., freelance golf writer and member of the Golf Travel Writers of America.

Featured image: Courtesy of Streamsong Resort

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