The wait is finally over at Streamsong Resort in Central Florida. One of the more anticipated course openings in recent years took place as Streamsong Resort debuted its third course,Streamsong Black, designed by Gil Hanse, architect of the 2016 Olympic Golf Course.
Streamsong Black will open to the public on Sept. 29, making the resort the only location in the world that has three distinct courses designed by four legendary architects – Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (Streamsong Red), Tom Doak (Streamsong Blue) and Hanse (Streamsong Black).
“The anticipation and buzz for Streamsong Black has been remarkable,” said Rich Mack, Streamsong’s sponsor and executive vice president of The Mosaic Company, which owns Streamsong. “From this expansive sandy site, Gil and his team have uncovered a dramatic course that fits its bold landscape and flows as if it has been here for years. We are ready to introduce Streamsong Black to the public and elevate our golf experience with three must-play courses that will rival the best golf venues in the world.”
“To showcase Streamsong Black alongside two great examples of golf course architecture is an honor for our team,” Hanse said. “Streamsong Black is our most eagerly anticipated opening since the debut of the Olympic Course and we’re very proud of our work on this project. The scale and shape of this property and the creative design features we were able to incorporate into this layout make Streamsong Black a fun and strategic course to play. We’re excited to take the veil off and welcome players.”
Hanse’s team put its mark on the Streamsong Black layout with artistic design elements in its minimalistic style to deliver variety throughout the round. Streamsong Black plays to a par-73 with five par-fives, each with sizeable differences in length, to give players plenty of scoring opportunities. The walk up the ninth fairway will provide a sense of anticipation as players approach the hole’s massive punchbowl green, protected by an elevated ridge. On the back nine, Hanse introduces dual green complexes on hole 13 and an infinity green on 17, creating a scenic view from the tee box of the course’s closing par-3.
One of the most noticeable design features that distinguishes Streamsong Black from Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue is its bunkering. The lines of the bunkers are sharper, more defined, on Streamsong Black and feature a revetted style that is akin to the course in the sand belt region of Melbourne, Australia.
In addition to the opening of Streamsong Black, the resort is introducing “The Roundabout,’’ a free-flowing practice facility, also designed by Hanse’s team, which features several green complexes and practice holes to accommodate the increase in play.
The experience at Streamsong Black will also be accompanied by The Gauntlet, a two-acre putting green, which sits immediately outside of the Streamsong Black Clubhouse.
The Streamsong Black clubhouse also will offer an additional restaurant and gathering place. Enclosed by glass windows from floor to ceiling, The Bone Valley Tavern at the Streamsong Black Clubhouse will feature a 32-seat bar, 96 additional indoor seats and outdoor space.
- Larry Lambrecht feature photo