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U.S Professional Hickory Golf Championship PDF Print E-mail
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Temple Terrace, Florida - In the third Annual U.S Professional Hickory Golf

Championship, 26 players from the U.S, Scotland, Canada, and Switzerland

teed it up at the historic Temple Terrace Golf Club on a chamber of commerce

day in late January. Using clubs of authentic classic hickory and golf balls that

are modern reproductions of the 1902 mesh ball (manufactured by McIntyre

Golf Company), the vibe felt as if we had booked a ride in Doc Brown's DeLorean

Time Machine for the Walter Hagen/Bobby Jones era.


With Model T Fords parked out front, and knickers, Tam O Shanter caps, and

dress ties being donned by the participants . . . this event is a site to see.

Founder of the event Mike Stevens (Teaching Pro at MacDill Air Force Base in

Tampa) said it best,“This is a day to celebrate and remember how the game

of golf came to this country and the great champions who made the game

popular with the masses.”


Mike Stevens presents the John Shippen Cup to Paolo Quirici

The 2013 Champion is Paolo Quirici from Switzerland, Quirici birdied the 18th hole

to shoot 74 and earn $1500 for the victory. Quirici beat out local professionals

Richard Bullock and John McCann who both shot 75.

replica 1902 Mesh ball


A Hickory Scramble is held for amateurs the day before the Professional

Championship. Cheers to Mike Stevens and his great vision to create such

a unique event that pays homage to the game's origins.


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Streamsong Grand Opening PDF Print E-mail
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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.


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