Question: Where’s the only place you can you stay and play great golf courses designed by today’s four hottest course architects? Answer: Streamsong Resort. Not since the opening of Bandon Dunes have US golfers been able to forge a four-day golf trip encompassing the Holy Trinity of Championship-quality golf, great food, and great libations in one single place. And unlike most golf destinations, it’s a year-round opportunity in always sunny Florida.
With the recent opening of the much anticipated Streamsong Black, you can now play three of the absolute best courses in the US at one location. Designed by Tom Doak (Streamsong Blue), Gil Hanse (Black), and Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore (Red), this trio of links/sand belt designs will test every shot in your bag.
The Routing- Where to Play
Black- the newly opened Gil Hanse design is a treat. While it’s not been yet rated, you can count on it ranking in the Top 100 of accessible courses in the US. Like Red and Blue, it feels like a cross between a links and a sand-belt course. It has plenty of sandy waste areas to catch errant drives, but its most notable characteristic is the maddening greens. (The total circumference of both Blue and Red greens fit within the Black greens circumference.) Three putts are commonplace. If you need a tune-up after your round, the two-acre Gauntlet putting green will help.
Blue- Tom Doak’s Blue Course has multiple elevation changes with enormous bunkers and sand dunes to navigate. Oh, and there’s the ponds too. Lots of risk and reward here. You can easily shoot your worst round and have the most fun on this roller coaster of a golf course.
Red- Coore and Crenshaw built a fabulous rack over rolling terrain. The Red offers a real challenge most closely resembling a classic Sandhills track out west. The greens here will confound the best putters around. You don’t read the greens on Red…you memorize them.
The Bag Drop – Where to Stay
But it doesn’t stop with great golf at Streamsong. You’ll have two top shelf accommodation options on property. (Streamsong is in rural Florida 45 minutes southeast of Tampa, so staying on property is a must.) We tried them both, and you can’t make a bad choice. The Clubhouse is located above the pro shop and Restaurant “59”, overlooking Red and Blue. There are 12 rooms (double occupancy) offering easy access to the putting green for two-tie-all-tie post round hijinks and a man cave that’s to die for. It’s a boys club.
The equally attractive option is the Lodge, a modern and sophisticated 216 room resort with a great lobby bar and plenty of fire-pits for your post-round commentary.
The 19th Hole – Food & Drink
There are four restaurants and two bars on property within a 5 minute shuttle ride from the Resort. All restaurants offer menus ranging from post-round sandwiches to steakhouse quality cuisine. Restaurant 59 at the Clubhouse is a true steakhouse with a great wine list. Bone Valley Tavern, located at the Black Course, offers the best meat loaf you’ll ever eat. The Resort offers two in-house restaurants. P2O5 offers classic American fare all day and night, and Sottoterra is the flagship Resort restaurant offering excellent fare with an Italian flair and a wine list you cannot beat. Make reservations early.
You’ll want to cap off the perfect round and the perfect dinner at Fragmentary Blue, the rooftop bar at the Resort. Craft beers and a well stocked bar enhance the 360 degree views of the property as you prepare yourself for the morning round.
There are three key elements to a perfect golf trip- great golf, great food, and great libations. Streamsong nails them all.