Streamsong Resort - Streamsong Red - hole 1
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Streamsong Resort - Streamsong Red - hole 1
Streamsong Red, a Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw design, makes a great first impression with the 474-yard par-4 first. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Streamsong Resort - Streamsong Red - hole 2
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Streamsong Resort - Streamsong Red - hole 2
The first par 5 on Streamsong Red works its way around significant water hazards off the tee. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Streamsong Resort - Streamsong Red - hole 3
The third at Streamsong Red is a difficult dogleg-right par 4. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Streamsong Resort - Streamsong Red - hole 4
A couple of imposing bunkers loom in front of the short par-4 fourth hole at Streamsong Red. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Streamsong Resort - Streamsong Red - hole 5
Water certainly comes into play on the par-4 fifth at Streamsong Red. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Streamsong Resort - Streamsong Red - hole 6
Coore-Crenshaw's Red Course opened simultaneously with the Blue Course in late 2012 Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Streamsong Resort - Streamsong Red - hole 8
The shortest hole at Streamsong Red is the 147-yard eighth. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Streamsong Resort - Streamsong Red - hole 10
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Streamsong Resort - Streamsong Red - hole 10
The par-4 10th at Streamsong Red plays straigtaway, but it's long at 486 yards. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Streamsong Resort - Streamsong Red - hole 12
From the back tees, the par-4 12th at Streamsong Red plays 500 yards. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Streamsong Resort - Streamsong Red - hole 13
Reachable in two, the short par-5 13th at Streamsong Red is a scoring opportunity. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Streamsong Resort - Streamsong Red - hole 14
Streamsong Resort, arguably Florida's most un-Florida-like retreat, is home to three world-class eighteens Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Streamsong Resort - Streamsong Red - hole 15
The par-4 15th at Streamsong Red is a slight dogleg left. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Streamsong Resort - Streamsong Red - hole 16
The signature par-3 16th on Streasong Red sits alongside the signature seventh hole on Streamsong Blue. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Streamsong Resort - Streamsong Red - hole 18
At 540 yards, the par-5 18th at Streamsong Red is a good opportunity for birdie, but the green can be tricky. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor

In photos: Check out Coore-Crenshaw's Streamsong Red

STREAMSONG, Fla. -- The Red Course at Streamsong Resort in central Florida, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, certainly makes a great first impression -- from the time you step out of its impressive clubhouse to the first tee.

The first hole, a long par 4 with a tee shot over water, is stunning, and there are plenty more beautiful and interesting holes to follow. While it wouldn't be accurate to call this a links course, there are plenty of links elements that make this different than most other Florida courses, helping Streamsong earn a reputation as the Bandon Dunes of the East.

Wrapped around the Blue Course , which was designed by Tom Doak, there's more water on the Red Course. The par-3 17th on the Red, arguably the signature hole, plays over water as well and is right next to the seventh on the Blue, which is the signature hole for that course.

From the back green tees, the course isn't overly long at 7,148 yards, but because there are some shorter par 4s, some of the holes are quite long, including the par-4 12th, which can play as long as 500 yards.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, 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 25 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 @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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