In one magazine’s eyes, there are not more than 30 courses better than Streamsong Red that have opened in the last half-century in the United States.
Think about how lofty that praise is.
Golfweek magazine, whose writers closely follow golf course architecture and trends, recently released their top 100 course lists, which are divided into Classic (built pre-1960) and Modern (after 1960).
It’s a tall order to crack the Modern list, yet Florida’s newest resort did so with both its layouts, and both in the top 40.
Streamsong Red, designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, is slotted at No. 31, while Tom Doak’s Streamsong Blue is No. 39. Ratings take many factors into account including aesthetics, playability and memorability.
Anyone who has visited Streamsong in its first few months of existence may be hard-pressed to argue the rankings, given its unique former-phosphate-mine landscape in the middle of true rural Florida. Also named the best new course in 2012 by Golf Magazine, Streamsong's tee sheets have been booked solid for months, and the resort is still growing -- a full-service hotel is slated to open later this year.
Streamsong's nearest company in the rankings among Florida courses open to the public are TPC Sawgrass at No. 19 and World Woods’ Pine Barrens course at No. 60.
The complete list of Florida representatives on the Modern list:
No. 19: TPC Sawgrass, Players Stadium course, Ponte Vedra Beach
No. 27: Calusa Pines Golf Club, Naples (private)
No. 31: Streamsong Red
No. 39: Streamsong Blue
No. 60: World Woods, Pine Barrens course, Brooksville
No. 66: The Concession Golf Club, Bradenton (private)
No. 81: Black Diamond Ranch, Quarry course, Lecanto
No. 82: Pablo Creek Club, Jacksonville (private)
No. 90: Jupiter Hills Club, Hills course, Tequesta (private)