Streamsong Resort's Blue Course: Tom Doak's tribute to links golf in central Florida

STREAMSONG, Fla. -- Tom Doak, the same architect who did Pacific Dunes at Bandon Dunes, brought his minimalist design philosophy to central Florida in the form of the 7,176-yard par-72 Blue Course at Streamsong Resort, which is unlike anything other golf facility in Florida.

Built on old phosphate strip mining site on top of sand dunes that reach as high as 75 feet, Doak's mostly walking Blue Course is the perfect complement to the Bill Coore-Ben Crenshaw-designed Red Course. Both courses are intertwined with each other, but the Blue Course doesn't feature as much water and seems to have landforms that more resemble Pacific Dunes without the Pacific Ocean.

The first hole, a shortish par 4, plays from a tee at the highest point on the property. And at the end, if you've still got a bet to be decided, there's an extra hole, the par-3 19th. Of course, most will simply not want the round to end after the 18th, making the decider hole too irresistible.

Feb 06, 2015

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Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in the Houston area. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 20 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @Accidentlgolfer.