Streamsong Red Print

 

Written by: Jason Bruno

 

Streamsong Resort officially opened its two courses about 6 months ago, and since that time the 36

hole facility has garnered much acclaim from the golf media as well as design aficionados. After all,

two of the best modern architect design teams were the shapers of this disbanded phosphate mine,

now known as the Red & Blue courses at Streamsong. There is no profound story as to how these

routings got their name, simply by the Sharpie ink color used on the blue prints outlining each hole.

Since the courses intertwine through each other, the different colors were used to differentiate the

Doak (Blue) from the Coore/Crenshaw (Red). I've been asked by many, "Which is better, the Red or

the Blue?" After my third visit I truthfully don't have an answer, but playing both is a must. In this

edition, we detail Coore/Crenshaw's Red Course.



The Biarritz 16th at Streamsong Red is the signature hole, but it is just one of many exquisite designs

at Streamsong.

 

 


Photos by: Jason Bruno

The clubhouse at streamsong





1st tee


Get a good warm up in, because the Red starts off with a 474 yard beast, favor the left side off

the tee on this slightly uphill par 4.





555 yd par 5- 2nd tee


Another tough tee shot here on the second, the sand on the left is a good aiming point with a soft

fade.






2nd green


The green at the 2nd is fairly tame, a tier runs across the middle of this large green, and the back

left portion tends to slope off, note this back left pin placement. Nothing real tricky about this putting

surface though.





3rd tee, par 4 - 404 yards


The 3rd hole is played from an elevated tee and sweeps left to right, important to find the shortgrass

here, thick vegetation left and right will wreak havoc on your scorecard.





4th approach


The short 4th can be reached with proper conditions, because Streamsong plays firm and fast

moderate length hitters (like myself) can hit their best and expect some chase on their tee shots.

I played this hole one tee up (312 yards) and after my best knock, reached the false front . . . but

my work had just begun (see the green below).





4th green


I'm a firm believer, if you give the player a chance for the birdie grab, make the grab tough, and boy

did they ever. Check out this amazing green complex . . .  in case you're wondering, I did convert

the bird.





5th tee


The back tees (Green) on the Red are 7148 yards, the next set (Black) are 6584 yards, so unless

you play this game for a living, I suggest picking the appropriate set of tees. A prime example would

be the 5th hole, 453 from the tips, 344 from the next tee up  - big difference.





185 yard - 6th, The 18th on the Blue runs parallel - just to the left of this par 3, separated by a

large sand dune.





7th tee


The 7th hole is another gorgeous hole, and Coore/Crenshaw do a nice job of giving you elevated

tee boxes on the most beautiful holes, no exception here on the slight right to left par 5 playing

527 yards from the tips.





Par 3 - 8th


The 8th is the shortest hole on the course at 147 yards, it's no secret that Crenshaw is a fan of

Dr.Mackenzie. Here it appears that Gentle Ben may have channeled Mackenzie's work at Austrailia's

Royal Melbourne.





9th hole


This crossbunker isn't in play on the uphill drivable par 4 here, playing 321 yards from the tips, 271 from

the black, 257 from the silver and 227 yards from the forward tees.





The 486 yard par 4 - 10th tee





The 11th hole continues the trek uphill, but you must contend with the fairway bunkers guarding this

right to left design.





The 500 yard - 12th hole, I thought I made a great birdie here after hitting driver/rescue and a

solid two putt. After writing 4 on the card and circling it, I noticed the card said it was a par 4

. . . strap it on here and hit your two best, the slight downhill should help your chances.





535 yard - 13th hole


Notice the sequence of uphill. uphill, downhill, uphill here to start the back nine. The routing is

masterful, and as you can see the sand and bunker work is as good as there is.





The approach to 13 is a challenge, it's a blind shot - notice the dune fronting the green and the

dune in the backdrop. If there was coastline and fescue here, this place would play as true a links

as the courses at Bandon. As far as southeast U.S golf is concerned, it is as close as you get.





The par 3 -14th is as tough a par 3 as there is here at the Red, the green is exposed to the elements,

keep away from the two left bunkers, they swallow golf balls. Notice the uphill par 4 - 15th in the

background.





15th approach


The 474 yard - 15th is the toughest par 4 on the property, playing straight uphill with the green

perched on a plateau.





The Biarritz 16th at Streamsong Red plays 208 from across a ravine, this will be the defining shot

of your round on the Red, and with nowhere to miss . . . even the perfect shot here assures nothing

with the Raynor replica green lurking. Front to back, the Biarritz green surface is 70 yards deep.





The view from the front of the Biarritz. (After playing/walking all 36 holes in about 8 hours without

a break, my camera was out of juice by 15 green, so I corralled a cart and finished the photo session

on holes 16-18).





After playing 15 and 16 you wonder what you have left in the tank, and more importantly, what

did Crenshaw/Coore have left to design, certainly they had already showed us all of their looks.

Nope, the 17th might end up as the most underrated hole on the property, considering it follows the

Biarritz. The bunkering on 17 is like a work of art - from an insane mad man . . .




In this case two mad men - Crenshaw and Bill Coore's bunker work has evolved into some sinister

version of Doak's sand creations, here is a perfect example on the right side of the 17th, the bermuda

turf edges are gnarled as if they were torn off by some mythical beast or natural disaster . . . exactly

the look they sought out to create.





Tee box on the par 5 - 18th


They started you out tough on the front nine, they reward you with a par 5 to finish, at 443 yards

from the silver tee and only 505 from the black, you can get healthy here. Favor the right center here.





The 18th green is fronted by this cross bunker, but it shouldn't come into play unless attempting to

reach the green in two shots. The surface slants left to right, so a draw is the preferred play into

the 18th green.





The practice area for resort guests at Streamsong is tucked beside the 18th on the Red.



In a state that boasts over 1000 courses, the Red is near or at the very top of that list, infact, the

combination of Coore/Crenshaw & Tom Doak designs in the same location - can only be found in 3

destinations in the world: Bandon Dunes, Barnbougle Dunes in Tasmania and here at Streamsong Resort.

Top 100 status in the U.S & possibly the world, are likely to follow for Streamsong Red.

 

With Florida resident rates for the summer and caddies available, now is a great time to play Streamsong.

 

 

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Next up: The Blue Course at Streamsong by Tom Doak.