Streamsong (Red)

Streamsong (Red) – Played 2015

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine #52
  • Location: 1000 Streamsong Drive, Streamsong, Florida
  • Year: 2012
  • Architect: Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw
  • Course Access: Resort
  • Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available (Walking Only at Certain Times)

Score Card Information:

  • Green: 7,148 yards, Par 72, 74.2 Rating/130 Slope
  • Black: 6,584 yards, Par 72, 71.7 Rating/125 Slope
  • Silver: 6,094 yards, Par 72, 69.4 Rating/119 Slope
  • Gold: 5,184 yards, Par 72, 70.0 Rating/122 Slope

This marked the real meat of my Florida trip.  I was getting to play both Streamsong courses on weekdays.  The only thing that could make it better was if the wife or some buddies could have joined me.

On the Monday of my trip, I got to take on the Red course at the resort.  It was designed by the dream team of Coore & Crenshaw.  I still haven’t found one of their courses that I dislike.  The course goes through large sand dunes and other scenery.  I think the architects were very happy with the piece of land they got to work with.

Due to the newness of the course there is not much in the way of history.  I think that will change as more people get to play the course.  As the years pass, I think it will rack up considerable accolades.

I was paired up for this round with a very nice couple from Argentina.  The wife got a caddy and I was very interested to learn that he caddied for Roland Thatcher for many years.  I asked some questions about life on tour for a caddy and it made for some interesting conversation.  It’s always nice to hear some stories when you’re on the course.

Let’s get into the course tour.  Below is the scorecard.

SREDI played the black tees and all hole distances will reflect that.

Hole 1 – 464 yards – Par 4

The course doesn’t start with a lackluster hole at all.  Look at this tee shot!  The carry is not an issue and the fairway is quite wide.  You will still need to rip one though due to the distance.

SRED 1-1The second shot is all uphill.  While it is a longer shot, the green is open in front and is quite wide.

SRED 1-2The greens are mostly massive here to accommodate the wind and create some interesting challenges.  You can see the size below.

SRED 1-3Hole 2 – 508 yards – Par 5

Let’s just say there is no letdown so far.  The longer you hit it the further right you can go.  There is plenty of room to the left though if you are shorter off the tee.  Lots of options here.  The carry is much easier than it looks if you go left.

SRED 2-1The second shot is all out in front of you.  You do need to avoid the fairway bunker in the middle.

SRED 2-2Here is a closer view of what you would face on the third shot.

SRED 2-3The green is massive and very receptive to shots played along the ground.  There is a good bit of slope in the green as you can see.

SRED 2-4Hole 3 – 391 yards – Par 4

I hate to keep getting excited, but these holes are great!  The carry here is not as long as the photo makes it look.  There is plenty of room to hit a draw or fade.

SRED 3-1The second shot plays slightly uphill.

SRED 3-2Below you can see the wild sloping of this green.  My ball is on the left and this putt broke at least four feet.  The pin here is in a bowl.

SRED 3-3Hole 4 – 312 yards – Par 4

This hole can be reached if you have a favorable wind or if you are a big hitter.  You can barely make out the green to the right of the bunkers in the middle.

SRED 4-1Here is the second shot if you didn’t go for it.  The greenside bunker is no place to be.

SRED 4-2The shape of this green is quite interesting.  You will have a difficult putt if you are on the front, left of the putting surface with this pin.

SRED 4-3Hole 5 – 344 yards – Par 4

This is a short hole, but there is plenty of trouble.  You obviously don’t want to miss to the right, but if you go a little left there is high grass and sand waiting.

SRED 5-1The fairway is very rippled and a big mound guards the front of the green.  You can see it obscuring the view of the pin below.

SRED 5-2The back of the green is guarded by bunkers.  Also there are some big slopes in this putting surface.

SRED 5-3Hole 6 – 143 yards – Par 3

The first short hole is no picnic with the wind blowing as it was on this day.  Let’s just say I hit my 200 yard club here.  Thankfully the green is a big target.

SRED 6-1This is a particularly tough pin.  There is a lot of slope to negotiate for any putt coming from the right or center of the green.

SRED 6-2Hole 7 – 521 yards – Par 5

This hole calls for a draw off the tee.  There is a good bit of room out there so let it rip.

SRED 7-1The second shot leaves you with some decisions if you are within range.  There is no clear way to run the ball on certain parts of the green because of dunes.  There is a hazard on the left side so be wary.

SRED 7-2Below you can see the dunes I was referring to on the second shot.

SRED 7-3Here is another angle of the green.

SRED 7-4This one of the most unique greens I have seen.  There is a big portion to the left of the dune and then it wraps around to another piece.

SRED 7-5Here is the green from the back right side and shows just how much room is back there.

SRED 7-6Hole 8 – 119 yards – Par 3

I have noticed that Coore & Crenshaw always love to put a short par three in their courses.  The eighth is it on the Red course.  It may be a short yardage, but there are plenty of bunkers to avoid.

SRED 8-1Here is a side angle of the green with a little bit of finger in the shot.  Whoops!

SRED 8-2The green is shaped like a figure eight and thus narrows in the middle.  As would be expected on a hole this short, distance control is important.

SRED 8-3Hole 9 – 271 yards – Par 4

Another template hole the C&C boys like is a short par four.  This one plays longer than the yardage because it is all uphill.  A favorable wind makes this one reachable.

SRED 9-1The green has a false front so you need to be sure to carry your ball far enough into the green.

SRED 9-2Hole 10 – 385 yards – Par 4

The landing area is blind on this tee shot.  The hole moves to the left so a draw is favorable here.

SRED 10-1Below is the view of the second shot.

SRED 10-2The green is massive as you can see below.

SRED 10-3Hole 11 – 403 yards – Par 4

This hole plays quite a bit uphill.  The safe play is out to the right.

SRED 11-1You get no reprieve on the approach shot.  It is probably necessary to take an extra club to reach.

SRED 11-2Below is the side view of the fairway bunkers from the last photo.  You don’t want to flirt with these bad boys.

SRED 11-3This green is not as undulating as some of the others.

SRED 11-4Hole 12 – 450 yards – Par 4

This hole was playing brutish on this day.  It was dead into the wind.  I basically had to play it as a par five.

SRED 12-1The hole bends around the left for the second shot.  As I said I was a long way back with the wind.  I couldn’t get home in two from here.

SRED 12-2Thankfully my third wasn’t too long, but needed to be kept low under the wind.  There is some slope here for sure.

SRED 12-3Here is a closer look at the putting surface.

SRED 12-4Hole 13 – 451 yards – Par 5

Same length here as the last hole, but one more on the par.  There is plenty of fairway out there to hit.

SRED 13-1It really helps to have a caddie on shots like these where there isn’t a clear aiming point.

SRED 13-2Here is a closer look at the green past the huge blowout bunker.

SRED 13-3And here is another angle.

SRED 13-4Here is the putting surface from just off to the side.

SRED 13-5Hole 14 – 150 yards – Par 3

This can be a devilish little hole.  You cannot miss long here.  The bunkers aren’t much better with their depth.  Luckily the green is pretty large.

SRED 14-1The green is relatively flat.

SRED 14-2It may be flat, but it is quite large.

SRED 14-3Hole 15 – 402 yards – Par 4

This is a tough tee shot visually.  Your eyes are drawn to the large bunker on the left, which is death.

SRED 15-1The second shot is uphill to an open green.  You must avoid the bunkers.

SRED 15-2Here is a closer look at the green complex.

SRED 15-3The green slopes are very evident in the photo below.

SRED 15-4Hole 16 – 160 yards – Par 3

This is probably the craziest hole on the course.  Over the water to the most undulating green of the 18.  We were into the wind so it player longer.  The bunkers in the front are very deep.

SRED 16-1Do you see what I mean by a crazy green.

SRED 16-2You have to really wack it to the back pin location if you are on the front section of the green.

SRED 16-3The photo below gives you some perspective of how big the hill is.

SRED 16-4Hole 17 – 343 yards – Par 4

This hole is on the shorter side and provides a good opportunity for birdie.  A nice drive should give you a short iron or wedge for the second shot.

SRED 17-1The approach shot is very enticing when the flag is in the middle.  From this angle everything seems to funnel to the middle.

SRED 17-2Here is a side view of the green.

SRED 17-3You can see below that the green is not as much of a punch bowl as it looks from the fairway.  It is more flat than anything.

SRED 17-4Hole 18 – 443 yards – Par 5

The course finishes with a short par five that is definitely reachable in two.  We played it downwind and it was playing really short.

SRED 18-1Here is a look at what would be a longer second shot.

SRED 18-2This was my second shot.  I am not long by any means, but I was left with a gap wedge.  The green is elevated and you must carry it on a little bit to avoid coming back down the hill.

SRED 18-3I liked the picture below looking back from the green.  This is the top of the resort.

SRED 1-LODGEThis round was incredible.  Quite simply this is like no other course I have played.  If you can get down to Florida, play this track.  It doesn’t need any more explanation than that.

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6 thoughts on “Streamsong (Red)

  1. Lori

    I played blue and red and liked red better, played in August so it was super hot with not a lot of trees on the course, can’t wait to see what the black course turns out to be!!!

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