Out beyond the glitter of theme parks and the sprawl of Orlando lies Streamsong Resort. A night time arrival at Streamsong is quite surreal as the only landmarks are a massive dragline mining phosphates and locomotives hauling its spoils. Streamsong rises out of the primordial back country of an unfamiliar Florida. The Lodge bursts forth like an alien apparition yet somehow fits in among the lakes, mangrove forests and massive dunes. On this clear, crisp, yet dark sky night, the Lodge was quiet and still with the only signs of life being my playing partners partying on the deck of the rooftop Fragmentary Blue (the name somehow fits the otherworld feel of the place). We stood on the deck gazing at the sparkling slay with nary a sound except the distant hum of the southbound train.
The Red & Blue courses at Streamsong are dazzling. The Blue is Tom Doak’s creation with magnificent driving areas providing all sorts of options. The fairways are wide, yet contain interesting contours and contrasts over, through and across the dunescape. The controversial aspect of the Blue are the greens, especially the homeward nine. In our group, the consensus was that the greens were incredible and were just about perfect putting surfaces, but too often rejected good approaches and doomed the player to a three or four putt (we had quite a few of each). Upon further deliberation, I have reconsidered my condemnation of Doak’s greens as I yearn to revisit the course in its entirety. Streamsong Blue is world class.
The afternoon round on the Red was equally magical. The Red is distinctly different despite being intertwined with the Blue. The Coore/Crenshaw design genius is evident. We had the good fortune of seeing Bill Coore on the grounds and it was clear that he and Streamsong have “strong convictions behind what they are creating”. Yes, that is a quote. I preferred the wider corridors on the Blue but the Red is superb and the greens are more subtle and less penal. Streamsong’s 36 holes resonate in the golfers conscious and unconscious mind. The place is an escape with my wonders to keep the mind occupied well after departure.