Stream­song’s next su­per­star track

Al­ready home to two of the finest cour­ses on the planet in the Red and the Blue, Florida’s Stream­song Re­sort wel­comes a third this au­tumn with the Gil Hanse-de­signed Black. It’s big­ger, but is it bet­ter?

Golf World (UK) - - The Spin - For de­tails and reser­va­tions, see www.stream­songre­sort.com

When Florida’s Stream­song Re­sort opened its doors in late 2012, it was in­stantly pro­pelled onto the top 100 lists of many of the game’s best trav­elled minds.

Com­prised of Stream­song Red and Stream­song Blue, the for­mer was the work of Bill Coore and Ben Cren­shaw, the lat­ter of Tom Doak – though all three owed a debt to Mother Na­ture, who pro­vided the nat­u­ral con­tour­ing and a sense of drama.

The ac­co­lades rolled in, but rather than bask in the glory of cre­at­ing one of the game’s great­est re­sorts, Stream­song started work again. The im­age be­low is the fruit of their labours: Stream­song Black, a par-73 course cre­ated by 2016 Olympic course cre­ator Gil Hanse.

A more ex­pan­sive af­fair, where the Red and Blue cour­ses use a com­bined 160 acres of main­tained turf, the Black alone will use around 100. But that is not the only no­tice­able dif­fer­ence here. Greens on all three cour­ses use MiniVerde grass, but Hanse has ex­tended that into the chip­ping and col­lec­tion ar­eas around the greens on the Black. “That will cre­ate more op­tions for how to play shots around our greens,” he says. “And from ap­proach shots, it will make the greens look much big­ger than they are.”

The Black’s un­du­la­tion changes are se­vere but un­fold gen­tly as the round wears on. The rolling ter­rain, sand and vis­tas have the feel of Aus­tralia’s Sand Belt, some­thing you’ll be able to judge for your­self when the course opens this au­tumn.

“For us, it’s our most ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated open­ing since the Olympic Course,” says Hanse. “We’re just ex­cited to take the veil off and let peo­ple get out and play it.”

‘It’s our most ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated open­ing since the Olympic Course,’ says Gil Hanse. ‘We’re just ex­cited to take the veil off and let peo­ple get out and play it’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.