Architects Visit Streamsong for Grand Opening Celebration


There’s no possible way to measure, but Streamsong Resort has to own some kind of record for photos snapped at new golf courses.

The new 36-hole resort is in such a remote part of Central Florida that many visitors can’t get cell phone reception, but that doesn’t stop them from whipping out the iPhones over and over again to take pictures of the breathtaking vistas.

Recently, at the resort’s official Opening Day, the cameras were out in full force again not just for the courses, but to catch Streamsong’s developers and architects take ceremonial opening shots.

I couldn’t resist a shot of Ben Crenshaw, two-time Masters champion and World Golf Hall of Famer, busting a drive off the first tee of the Red course he designed along with longtime partner Bill Coore. The visionary sending a drive down the middle of his vision.

“We hope that people enjoy this,” Crenshaw said. “We know you will if you have a love of golf, because it’s something that is very, very unique.”

Crenshaw, Coore and Blue course architect Tom Doak held a question-and-answer session with media and guests, offering a glimpse into how they turned abandoned phosphate mine land into two of Florida’s most unusual golf courses.

Streamsong Red and Blue have already been referred to as “Florida’s Bandon Dunes,” high praise given the Oregon resort’s world-class status. But it’s apropos given the presence of the same architects and similar sand and windswept grass features. (And, sure enough, Bandon Dunes owner Mike Keiser was at Streamsong for the opening.)

Streamsong Resort, located about 40 minutes south of Lakeland, isn’t the easiest of trips from Central Florida population centers. Stories about getting lost are a prelude to the golf tales for many. But golfers are finding it – the clubhouse’s 12 lodge rooms are booked solid through April.

They should expect to be amazed. And expect to have the camera phones out a lot.

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