Streamsong Resort February2014 Trip Report

 

Streamsong Resort — February 2014 Trip Report

  • 4 rounds on Crenshaw RED
  • 4 rounds on Doak BLUE
  • Stay & Play Package (36 holes/day & breakfast included) $575+tax/person

streamsong1Par 3 hole #7 Blue and clubhouse in background

We flew into Orlando and drove 100 minutes to Streamsong.  Tampa is closer but Streamsong recommended we fly into Orlando.

We stayed at the new 216 room Streamsong Lodge, double occupancy.  Rooms are very nice.  Small mini-bar size refrigerator was put to good use.   The always smiling service staff couldn’t do enough for us – including our housekeeper, Savannah, who overheard us lamenting the absence of a wine bottle opener and promptly materialized a corkscrew without being asked!

Streamsong is isolated – 25 miles to the nearest restaurant.  There are 3 good, but pricey, restaurants at Streamsong.  Best value was clubhouse dinner at “59” ordered off the lunch menu.  Accommodations are superb.  Bring your own snacks and liquor for happy hour in-room common area that is ideal for the purpose.  The included breakfast at P205 in the lodge was “as good as it gets” – a great way to start the day.

Golf Magazine course rankings #52 and #64, don’t do Streamsong justice.   Playing thru majestic dunes created by Mosaic’s phosphate mining is exhilarating golf experience reminiscent of Enniscrone, Cruden Bay, and the Island Club near Dublin.  Better than Bandon Dunes and much easier to get to!

Red (Crenshaw) and Blue (Doak) courses are similar.  Both feature spectacular vistas, ample fairways with bunkers often in the middle, and large undulating greens.  These courses are very challenging, in excellent condition, and quite enjoyable.

streamsong2Par 3 – #16 Red (biaritz green, 220yds to back tier!)

These are walking courses.  $100/round caddies are excellent.  Carts are not allowed on fairways.  We tried carting on the 2nd round of the day, carts were included in our package, but found ourselves walking farther usually with the wrong club in hand.   Some of the tees are a long hike from the previous green as Doak & Crenshaw worked hard to take maximum advantage of the stimulating terrain.   These are hard walks often through beach sand.   3 out of 4 Zipliners experienced bloody feet.

streamsong3Stay alert for alligators and snakes

Despite our sub 5.0 Buffalo handicaps, our black tee (red 6584yds, blue 6698yds) scores ranged from 78 to 91. Play the silver tees if you can’t carry the ball more than 200 yards on the fly.  The dunes and links like vistas are spectacular rivaling anything in Scotland and Ireland: except there were no oceans to be seen!  But there is still plenty of water.

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Practice facility is very good.  The 19th hole par 3 over water, see above, is ideal last minute warm-up especially if you don’t have time to hit the range & short game area.  We’d prefer real holes on the practice green depicted above.

Streamsong5.jpgFavorite Holes: #7 Blue (pictured above) and #16 Red

Bottom Line: Streamsong belongs on every hard core golfer’s bucket list.

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