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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This hole calls for a draw off the tee. There is a good bit of room out there so let it rip.
The 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.
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.
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.
The landing area is blind on this tee shot. The hole moves to the left so a draw is favorable here.
This hole plays quite a bit uphill. The safe play is out to the right.
This hole was playing brutish on this day. It was dead into the wind. I basically had to play it as a par five.
Same length here as the last hole, but one more on the par. There is plenty of fairway out there to hit.
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.
This is a tough tee shot visually. Your eyes are drawn to the large bunker on the left, which is death.
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.
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.
The course finishes with a short par five that is definitely reachable in two. We played it downwind and it was playing really short.