Streamsong, Blue Course Rankings:
Golf Digest: #24 US public, #6 Florida
GolfWeek: #43 US modern, #3 Florida public, #14 US resort
Golf.com: #62 US top 100, #16 US public, #3 Florida public
Designer: Tom Doak (2012)
The Blue course at Streamsong, designed by Tom Doak and opened for public play in 2013, is the nation’s 24th best public course according to Golf Digest, and the 30th best modern course according to GolfWeek.
While the Red course tends to rank slightly higher in the state and national rankings (in this rare air of course rankings, there is not much room to move!), the Blue course is a wonderful complement, and the two play off of one another well while providing different playing experiences. The key differences between the Blue and Red courses, to me, are:
- The Blue course is much easier off the tee
- The Blue course is more challenging on the greens
- The Blue course is softer – Doak has a way of creating angles that are less harsh but that need to be paid attention to
- Overall, the Blue course is slightly less rugged than the Red course
The wide target areas off the tees on the Blue course are great for a guy like me, who can hit the ball a ton but tends to spray drives.
The unbelievably challenging greens of the Blue course, on the other hand, can be tough for a guy like me who usually takes a handful of holes to acquire a feel for new, and especially lightning fast, greens.
While I opened things up with a one-putt birdie on the first hole (yes, I did take a breakfast ball), it took longer than usual to get the pace of these perfectly rolling putting surfaces. Watching everything glide by and not stop for 20 more feet was starting to get a little old!
It is not so much that the greens are fast (although they are!), but that they have an incredible amount of slope. Like playing at a great country club, anything putted downhill needs to be stroked with incredible care or else lost to the fringe. It is not all on back-to-front putts at Streamsong, though, as the swells in the greens are substantial and can take away all of a ball’s momentum or speed it up indefinitely.
When visiting Streamsong, make sure to play both the Blue and Red courses, and make sure to stay on site, especially to take advantage of their fantastic stay-and-play packages! While the courses provide world-class golf, the resort provides an unparalleled lodging and culinary experience. For my full review of the Streamsong Resort, including additional information on their stay-and-play packages, please visit the following link:
Streamsong boasts one of the best caddie rosters in the entire country. If an extra $80-100 per round is affordable, these guys can really help reduce strokes and add to the overall golfing experience.
My caddie for the Blue course, Noah Zelnik, is a bit of a legend around Florida golf. Having also played on the PGA Tour, Noah has caddied for two Tour wins (with Michael Bradley) and is currently on the bag for Arjun Atwal. “Big Z” knows golf and, like all caddies at Streamsong, knows the courses here like the back of his hand.
The courses at Streamsong were designed with walkability in mind. The toughest trek at the entire property comes early, though: A 75-foot climb up to the first hole tee box. The rest of the terrain is much more easily trespassed, catering to the older, more affluent customer base that frequents this walking-preferred resort. If the 75-foot walk on one is a challenge, staff is more than happy to provide cart rides to the tee.
Overlooking the course in front, the beautiful, modern clubhouse and its neighboring pond and wildlife behind, and the Blue and Red courses’ signature holes to the right, this is one of the most dramatic first hole tee boxes I have ever seen.
The fairway on one is plenty wide, although for Blue course standards there is a bit of danger that can come in to play by way of the sand traps found both left and right. For longer hitters, these are too close to the tee box to worry about.
The view back over the bye hole and toward the clubhouse from the first hole tee boxes:
The view from the first hole tee boxes toward both courses’ signature par three holes – seven on the Blue course, and sixteen on the Red course: