Streamsong, Florida-- A few years ago, there was nothing in the area. There wasn't a beautiful golf course and resort; there wasn't a relaxing spa. The area was just a wasteland in Polk County about an hour-and-a-half from downtown Tampa.
But now, after millions of dollars and a lot more creativity, a truly unique golf experience has popped out of nowhere in Streamsong.
"There are certain areas of the golf courses that look like Scotland, Ireland or even the Midwest. It's fantastic, it really is," says Scott Wilson, the Director of Golf at Streamsong. "It's nice to get away from the cities."
After two years of construction, Streamsong Golf Resort opened in January, complete with two courses unlike anything else in the state, and golfers everywhere are starting to take notice.
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"Golf Magazine came out earlier in the year with the best new golf courses, and Streamsong Red was No. 1 and Streamsong Blue was No. 2.," Wilson explains.
It's a beautiful course built on top of an old phosphate mine from the 60's. The only thing that was added to the site was grass for fairways and greens. There's virtually no rough and a whole lot of sand.
"Most of our guests there are very impressed with the way the golf course plays. The straighter hitters are rewarded, especially around the greens," Wilson says. "You're not going to lose a lot of golf balls and hopefully that will keep people coming back."
Ben Crenshaw, Bill Coore and Tom Doak helped design the two courses. It's the first place in the world where all of the architects collaborated on 36 holes at the same time.
Ben Crenshaw, Bill Coore and Tom Doak designed it and it's
an instant success. Golfers are going WILD for Streamsong. It's the first
course in the world where the architects collaborated on 36 holes at the same
Mosaic Company, which owns the property where the course is built, is the world's leading producer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop. Assistant Vice President of Public Relations for the company, Dave Townsend, says the designers took a "minimalist approach" to course construction, electing to leave as much of the area surrounding the fairways and greens in tact.
"It's natural," added Wilson.
It's a diamond in the "rough" worth searching for, as long as you know where to look.