October 4, 2017 By: Scott MacLeod – The wait is finally over for Streamsong Resort and avid golfers across the country. One of the most anticipated course openings in recent years took place in Central Florida recently as Streamsong Resort debuted its third course, Streamsong Black, designed by Gil Hanse, architect of the 2016 Olympic Golf Course.
Streamsong is now the only location in the world where players can enjoy three distinct courses designed by four legendary architects – Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (Streamsong Red), Tom Doak (Streamsong Blue) and Gil 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.”
A Leading Destination
Already home to two nationally-ranked courses – Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue – Streamsong Resort has quickly emerged as one of the best golf destinations in the U.S. and is a bucket-list destination for most players.
“To showcase Streamsong Black alongside two great examples of golf course architecture is an honor for our team,” said Gil Hanse, Streamsong Black architect. “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.”
Unlike Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue’s intertwined layouts, Streamsong Black stands alone, stretching across a much larger landscape with far-reaching sightlines across the property. Players will marvel at the natural, flowing elevation changes with rolls, tumbles and ridges that differ from the resort’s first two designs.
Hanse’s team, one of the most sought-after architecture firms in the industry, put its mark on the Streamsong Black layout with artistic design elements in its minimalistic style to deliver variety and fun throughout the round. Streamsong Black plays to a par-73 with five par-5s, 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.
The Roundabout & The Gauntlet
In addition to the opening of Streamsong Black, the resort will introduce 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 Roundabout provides endless opportunities and layouts for players to test their short game, challenge competitors or expose new players to the game.
The golf experience on The Roundabout will be guided by players’ creativity and imagination as they pick their own tee grounds, distances and routings, all adding to the environment of camaraderie and competition among friends. The Roundabout also includes an alternate 9th green, providing a play-in option for guests looking to play a shorter, nine-hole loop back to the Clubhouse.
The experience at Streamsong Black will also be accompanied by The Gauntlet, a dynamic 2-acre putting green, which sits immediately outside of the Streamsong Black Clubhouse. The Gauntlet was designed to challenge the putting skills of all players, beginners to pros. With the addition of these new facilities, Streamsong Resort now offers countless options for guests to customize their golf experience and play the game in non-traditional ways with shorter loops (6-hole, 9-hole and 12-hole) and modified layouts.
Finally, the Streamsong Black Clubhouse will offer an additional restaurant and gathering place for guests to complete their Streamsong experience. Enclosed by glass windows from floor to ceiling, The Bone Valley Tavern at the Streamsong Black Clubhouse will offer a casual, inviting atmosphere, featuring a large 32-seat bar, 96 additional indoor seats and ample outdoor space. The gastropub experience at Bone Valley Tavern will feature a selection of reinvented and artfully refined pub classics, by Chef Victor Kendlehart, along with some original culinary creations.