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Streamsong Resort Officially Opens
Officials with Streamsong Resort have announced that its Red and Blue courses and clubhouse are open to the public. The facility occupies a portion of 16,000 acres of former phosphate mining land with unique terrain.
The design firms of Coore & Crenshaw and Renaissance Golf Design (led by Tom Doak) used their skills to create two courses unlike any in Florida. Streamsong is also the first venue where the three architects have collaborated to design 36 holes, and only the third with layouts from both design firms.
"Streamsong is a powerful site, and (developer) Mosaic is excited to introduce this venue to the world's golf community as a world-class model for economic and environmental sustainability," said Rich Mack, Mosaic's executive vice president and general counsel. "We are honored by the reception Streamsong has received. With the opening of the main lodge and other nature-based amenities later this year, we will have created more than 200 permanent jobs and a very unexpected, but special golf, conference and luxury resort destination."
Streamsong Red, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, was recently named "Best New U.S. Course You Can Play" by Golf Magazine. The par-72 course stretches 7,148 yards from the back tees and features striking landforms, large lakes and rolling terrain.
Streamsong Blue, designed by Doak, received Honorable Mention as the "Best New U.S. Course You Can Play" by Golf Magazine. The par-72 course plays to 7,164 yards and boasts wide fairways, massive bunkers and extreme elevation changes. Both courses feature MiniVerde Ultra Dwarf Bermudagrass on greens with 419 bermudagrass on fairways and tees. Walking is encouraged with caddies available; golf carts are also available.
"This property has some of the most unusual, interesting and dramatic land forms we have ever encountered," said Coore. "The landscape is different than anything we've worked with before."
"The land at Streamsong was naturally conducive to uncovering great golf holes," added Crenshaw.
"This is such a good piece of land for golf," noted Doak. "The variety of contours created by the mining process allowed us to create a layout unlike any other."
The clubhouse, designed by Alfonso Architects, features 12 guest rooms designed to accommodate 16 guests; 4,500 square feet of meeting space; a steakhouse with private dining; lounge; and golf shop. The main lodge, opening in fall 2013, will include 216 guest rooms, a conference center, full-service spa, lakeside pool, casual and fine dining, hiking and birding trails, tennis, guided bass fishing and a sporting clays range.
Online tee times and stay-and-play packages at both the Red and Blue courses are available at www.streamsongresort.com.
KemperSports manages Streamsong's golf operations, with Scott Wilson serving as the resort's director of golf. Interstate Hotels & Resorts has overall management responsibility of the resort, with Mike Speicher serving as general manager.