Streamsong Resort continues to enjoy a charmed infancy in the remote Central Florida hills.
When its two courses opened in late 2012, south of Lakeland and just west of Fort Meade, they immediately racked up best-new-course honors from every golf publication. The two layouts, the “Red” course designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and the “Blue” designed by Tom Doak, were so good and so unique, newly laid on old phosphate mine fields yet appearing like they had been part of the landscape for a century.
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Now even more prestigious rankings are coming in, like two spots in Sports Illustrated’s Golf Magazine ranking of the Top 100 U.S. courses. The list comes out every other year, and the Red course cracked the list at No. 52 while the Blue came in at No. 62.
“The Red course at Streamsong is tighter and offers more drama, perhaps giving it the edge among those seeing each course just once,” read a caption at golf.com. “For its collection of superb holes, Streamsong Red earns the distinction of highest-debuting U.S. course.”
And the recent good news doesn’t stop there. The high profile Streamsong is earning will go even higher in 2016, as its first USGA event arrives with the women’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball championship.
The new championship, which starts in 2015 and is open to players around the world, features two-person teams playing their own balls but counting only the best score. That will be a great format at Streamsong’s courses, with their dazzling collection of risk/reward holes.
If you go
1000 Streamsong Drive
Streamsong, Fla. 33834