When most people think of Florida, their minds wander to South Florida, which can immediately direct your attention to beaches, high rise condos, cranes, and a Latin vibe. However, in a place called Bowling Green, Florida, there exists a place that is so out there in the middle of nowhere that after seeing livestock, industrial manufacturing facilities, and agricultural projects, you would think you just went out of a big Midwestern city and found yourself out in the country. Streamsong Golf Resort and Spa is located southwest of the vibrant city of Orlando, and just an hour drive from another popular Florida business hub, Tampa.
Golf Digest made this gorgeous video promoting the course, which is beyond compare!
Streamsong Golf Review
The plot of land sits on 16,000 acres that nature has helped craft into one of the most perfect areas for a golf course. Sure, there are many golf courses in Florida, especially in nearby Orlando, where Legends Golf recently closed their doors, but nothing is so spectacular in the realm that phosphate is used for fertilization, and the result of mining on the land for more than 50 years helped the surplus soil become somewhat of a treasure. Featuring bunkers so natural that they don’t have to be sculpted by man, drastic elevation changes, a site rather unheard of in the flat State of Florida, and deep ponds, this track has it all.
With three golf courses that are all of top quality, a spa that is worthy of a destination trip all in it’s own right, a lodge perched along side a lake, and a blissful getaway that’s still in the USA, what is there not to like about Streamsong Resort?
According to the director of golf, Scott Wilson, there isn’t much noise at the course. He was quoted as saying “you get away from everything here.”
That is, except for the obvious – golf. Oh, and the wildlife. You’ll find gators, which are no stranger to Floridians, as well as deer, bobcat, and of course all of the regular bird you’d expect to find making such a lovely setting their home.
I hadn’t heard of this course until coming across a tweet on Twitter from an old swing coach of mine, but when I saw his love for the course, I knew I had to check it out, even if just virtually at first. It opened for business in 2014 with two courses, both designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. The latter course, the Blue Course, was made by Tom Doak.
The courses play to 72 par, and are quite lengthy. The Red is 7,050 yards and the Blue barely beats it out for distance at 7,250.
A “bet settling” hole, called the 37th, is a 150 yarder that Doak designed adjacent to a gigantic dune. This pure golf destination has it all!
With such long distance on these courses, these links-style gems feature ample fairways, almost no rough, and a lot of different settings for every type of shot in your bag.
Featuring larger bunkers and tough as nails greens, the Blue course has slower greens in comparison to the Red course, which also has more vegetation.
Without housing developments littering the fairways or adjacent to the courses, people are shocked that they are actually in Florida. Even the head pro, Matt Jordan, was commenting that Streamsongs courses feel like New Zealand.
Streamsong Black Course
Jordan has moved on to become the head pro at the latest feature at Streamsong, the Black Course. This addition cut it’s ribbons in 2017 and was head up by Gil Hanse.
The holes are all entirely different and unique in this long par 73 course, which tops out at 7,331 yards. The elevation changes provide difficulty in tandem with the large bunkers, tiered greens, and many contours that make this a highly challenging course for any golfer.
Like the other two courses, you won’t have to spend your round searching for errant shots as there isn’t much rough to fall into. This course can 100% host a tournament, according to Jordan.
You’ll find more trees on the back nine, especially holes 12-18, which are referred to as “the Glove,” since when they burned the property to see what the topography looked like, the ensuing area looked like a glove.
The 17th hole is one to remember. This par 3 has a unique sand dune backdrop, which the finishing hole is a par 5 that offers gamblers the ability to go for the risk-reward to make their money on – or lose it – with the only water hazard at Streamsong. With rolling hills and deep bunkers, this is a perfect finisher, especially if money is involved. Going for two on this green is what separates the men, from the boys.
However, the feature hole here is #9, right before the turn. You’ll see a windmill off in the distance providing you with the vision you need to guide your ball home. The caddies earn their money on the approach shot, a blind shot that will make or break your score on this hole.
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