America’s Best On-Site Non-Course Golf Facilities

One of the trends I’ve loved witnessing over the past few years has been the addition of non-course golf facilities at top-ranked resorts. These value-added venues give players fun options when they’re off the tee sheet to settle bets, enjoy the land, be social and bond especially during trips to remote golf destinations.

One of the first of these I ever had the pleasure of checking out is still my favorite: The Gil Hanse and Geoff Shackelford designed H-O-R-S-E Course at The Prairie Club in the Sand Hills of Nebraska.

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One of an infinite number of potential tee boxes on the Horse Course at The Prairie Club

 

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“Routing” for the Horse Course – there are no actual teeing locations, and the next green can always be anywhere

 

Like in a game of basketball H-O-R-S-E, the player in charge calls a teeing location and green. From there, the competition usually goes one of two ways: Closest to the pin or fewest strokes to hole out.

Even with no official tee boxes or routing, the Horse Course at The Prairie Club was ranked the #10 Most Fun Course in America by Golf Digest in 2015.

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Streamsong Resort: Hanse’s Black Course is on Track

Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” did a nine-minute feature on the progress of Gil Hanse’s Black course at Streamsong Resort in Streamsong, Florida last week:

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Golf Channel Morning Drive: Streamsong Black Feature (12/9/15)

The Black course will be the third 18-hole course at Streamsong, which burst on to the national/international golf scene in 2012 with the Red and Blue courses designed by Coore/Crenshaw and Toak Doak, respectively.

WiscoGolfAddict course review: Streamsong, Red (Coore/Crenshaw)

WiscoGolfAddict course review: Streamsong, Blue (Doak)

WiscoGolfAddict resort experience: Streamsong Golf Resort

The Red and Blue courses have been welcomed with almost unprecedented early praise, including:

  • Golf Digest 100 Greatest Public: Red Course #18 (link to list)
  • Golf Digest 100 Greatest Public: Blue Course #24 (link to list)
  • Golf Digest Best in State (FL): Red Course #4 (link to list)
  • Golf Digest Best in State (FL): Blue Course #6 (link to list)
  • Golf Digest Best Public in State (FL): Red Course #1 (link to list)
  • Golf Digest Best Public in State (FL): Blue Course #3 (link to list)
  • Golf Digest Top 100 Overall: Red Course #100 (link to list)
  • GolfWeek Top 100 Modern: Red Course #30 (link to list)
  • GolfWeek Top 100 Modern: Blue Course #43 (link to list)
  • GolfWeek Best in State (FL): Red Course #2 (link to list)
  • GolfWeek Best in State (FL): Blue Course #3 (link to list)
  • GolfWeek Best Resort Golf Course: Red Course #12 (link to list)
  • GolfWeek Best Resort Golf Course: Blue Course #14 (link to list)
  • 2014 Golf.com Top 100 You Can Play: Red Course #12 (link to list)
  • 2014 Golf.com Top 100 You Can Play: Blue Course #16 (link to list)
  • 2015 USA Today Best Top-Notch Warm Weather Golf Destination #1 (link to list)

Gil Hanse is one of the hottest designers in the world of golf course architecture these days, and is sure to become a household name come 2016 with the return of golf to the Olympics (he and his team designed The Olympic Course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

Streamsong has been the hottest new golf resort in the country over the past few years, and that fire will only continue to burn with the excitement surrounding the Black course’s opening to the public in September, 2017.

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