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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


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:

Celebrities Fore Kids Golf Classic PDF Print E-mail



Hobe Sound, Florida - Nearly nine months since baseball Hall Of Famer Gary Carter past away,

the event that meant so much to him carried on . . . it was a unanimous decision by all involved to

move ahead with the Celebrities Fore Kids Golf Classic (That's what Gary Carter would have wanted

. . . and the cause way too important).The 2012 edition was hosted this year by Champion's Tour

Golfer Larry Laoretti and Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres, first with a fund raiser at The Bear's Club

and the following day at The Medalist Club.The money raised at the event helps families of the

Treasure Coast who are dealing with children who have cancer.


In memory of Carter, the event trophy is now named in his honor, and this years Fore Kids Golf

Classic was dedicated to his memory.Many of the celebrities on hand spoke from the heart about

the man they knew as "Kid".


Dana Quigley:“The charity is terrific, sure, and means a lot, but sometimes you play in outings

like this because of the guys who are running it, anything I can do for Gary Carter, I’ll do.”


Tico Torres: "I knew of Gary, and I know how many people loved and appreciated him, and still do.”


Tommy Hutton: “The dedication of this year’s tournament to Gary is just great. It’s wonderful, and

to have his name on the trophy in perpetuity is a way of giving back a little bit to him for all the

giving he did during his life.”


Larry Laoretti: “Nobody who ever knew Gary will forget him or the charity work he did, it’s been

different without him, but it’s been nice thinking the last few weeks about all the fun we had doing

this together over the years.”


At the pre-tournament pairings party and auction on Sunday night at the Bear's Club, $80,000 was

raised for the charity (that has now raised 1.5 million since 1999).


Photos from the event:


The Golden Bear and Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres at the Bear's Club pre-tournament function





Teaching legend Bob Toski can still stripe it at 86 years young.





PGA Pro Ken Duke and his group putt out on the 1st hole at the Meadlist Club.





A Caddie looks on as his player tees off on the eighth hole at the Medalist Club.



To learn more about Celebrities Fore Kids :





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