The Bowling Green, Fla., property opened Streamsong Black on September 25 to golf industry leaders and guests before welcoming public play on September 29. The Gil Hanse-designed layout plays to a par-73 with five par-5s.
On September 25, Streamsong Resort in Bowling Green, Fla., debuted its third course, Streamsong Black, designed by Gil Hanse. Golf industry leaders, journalists and guests were treated to the first rounds of golf on Streamsong Black before the resort welcomes public play on the new course beginning September 29.
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.”
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.
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.
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 options for guests to customize their golf experience and play the game in non-traditional ways with shorter loops (six-hole, nine-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 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 upholding Streamsong’s reputation for delivering the best food in golf.