The scene at Streamsong for the Grand Opening 1/26/13
Fort Meade, Florida - On a gorgeous late January day (65 degrees and not a cloud in the sky),
Streamsong's two courses were introduced to the Golf media and architect aficionados from
around the globe. Streamsong is only the third location in existence where designers Tom Doak
and Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore have courses at the same location (it is the only location where the
courses were designed at the same time and the teams collaborated together).
Ben Crenshaw shows classic form hitting the ceremonial tee shot on the Red Course at Streamsong
The Crenshaw/Coore Red Course and Doak's Blue are constructed on a parcel of Mosaic Company's
property that was once used for phosphate mining.The two courses were named based on the ink
color used on the blueprint routing. The architects would refer to their respective design routing by
the color, and so it was simply: The Red and the Blue. Upon my site visit to Streamsong last May, I
was blown away by the property, I'd thought I'd seen all of the unique golf properties in the state.
Doak, who is not a fan of the golf landscape on the peninsula, once said "I'll take Seminole, You
can have the other the 999 courses in Florida". In his defense, some of that statement might be
legitimate, but if he had visited courses like World Woods - Pine Barrens, Mission Inn - El Campeon,
Seth Raynor's Mountain lake, Crenshaw/Coore's Sugarloaf Mountain, Faldo's recent Bella Collina, and
South Florida's Jupiter Hills Club, he might have a slightly different opinion.
Course designers Doak, Crenshaw & Coore pose with heads of Mosaic and Kemper Sports during opening Ceremonies
At the morning press conference, Doak may have said it best when describing his thoughts when first
seeing the property: "Florida would have been about my 47th guess as to what state we were in".
Streamsong certainly is unique for Florida, but it would be unique for anywhere in the world, you can
stand anywhere on the property and just sense a shoreline in the distance, but in reality it's about as
far inland in Florida as you can get.
1st tee - Blue Course
I've been to a few of the grand openings put on by the people at Kemper Sports, and it's an experience
like no other. Having a monopoly on perfect weather (don't know how they do it), and having designers
like Doak, Crenshaw and Coore on hand to describe the unified effort, only makes a better day for all.
Par 3 seventh - Tom Doak's Blue Course
I had the tough task of indulging in Doak's Blue course, and playing with one of the most respected
golf writers in our industry: Rick Young from ScoreGolf in Canada and Eric Iverson (Doak's design
associate at Renaissance Design) and his brother Neal from Horizon Sports Turf. Rick and I talked golf
and picked Eric's brain about the construction and design of the Blue, if you haven't read Rick's stuff,
do yourself a favor and do so http://scoregolf.com/blog/rick-young.
Playing Golf on the Blue at Streamsong is unlike any other experience in Florida . . . water, is for the
most part a non factor at Streamsong. There is a small water carry on the first tee on the Red, and
also on the par 3 seventh on the blue, but other than a few instances it's not in play. The design
encourages shots along the ground, and the conditions are meant to be slighty brownish for water
conservation and to keep the bermuda turf firm and fast. The 36 holes at Streamsong can be played
multiple ways, which accommodates all skill levels. The minimalist links style is the opposite of the
Amercanized Augusta concept, much more Bandon-esque in design. The greens are pure and firm,
and as Eric Iverson stated, the choice of Mini -Verde turf was the idea of Coore/Crenshaw (since Doak
had little experience with warm weather turf).
Opening tee on Streamsong Red
It's pricey to play ($175), but a great value at the same time. While venues that host PGA Tour events
in the Sunshine State charge well over $300 during the season, two rounds at Streamsong for the same
tariff is a great deal. Links Golf. Great Weather. Streamsong.
The approach to the 18th on Streamsong Blue
Looking forward to bringing a full in depth hole by hole review of Streamsong Red & Blue in the near
future. Kudos to Tom Sunnarborg and the people at Mosaic for having the foresight to bring this
concept to life.
To see more on the amazing Streamsong: http://www.streamsongresort.com/