Streamsong Black - hole 5
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Streamsong Black - hole 5
This side view of the fifth hole from the fourth fairway is one many great scenic moments on Streamsong Black. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Streamsong Black - hole 1
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Streamsong Black - hole 1
The first hole is the first of five par 5s on the par-73 Streamsong Black by Gil Hanse. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - hole 2
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Streamsong Black - hole 2
Stay left for a good angle into the par-4 second hole on Streamsong Black. Courtesy of Larry Lambrecht
Streamsong Black - hole 3
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Streamsong Black - hole 3
The third hole might be the toughest par 4 on Streamsong Black. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - hole 4
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Streamsong Black - hole 4
The fourth hole on Streamsong Black will be an intimidating par 5, playing to a fairway and green on an upper shelf above a sandy hazard. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - hole 5 green
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Streamsong Black - hole 5 green
Don't miss right on the par-3 fifth hole on Streamsong Black. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - hole 6
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Streamsong Black - hole 6
This pit next to the sixth green will terrorize golfers on Streamsong Black. Courtesy of Larry Lambrecht
Streamsong Black - hole 7
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Streamsong Black - hole 7
Gil Hanse has told people connected with Streamsong that the par-3 seventh hole on Streamsong Black is already one of the favorite holes he's ever built. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - hole 8
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Streamsong Black - hole 8
A flag on the eighth hole at Streamsong Black is barely visible behind a hump fronting the green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - roundabout 9th hole
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Streamsong Black - roundabout 9th hole
Streamsong Black has an alternative ninth hole that returns to the clubhouse, which is under construction. This ground is part of the "Roundabout", a collection of four greens (two of them double greens) that can be played as a practice loop. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - hole 9
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Streamsong Black - hole 9
A windmill serves as the guide to find the blind punchbowl green on the par-4 ninth hole of Streamsong Black. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - hole 10
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Streamsong Black - hole 10
The par-5 10th hole on Streamsong Black is gettable if you're willing to take on all the sandy trouble. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - hole 11
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Streamsong Black - hole 11
This deep bunker sits left of the 11th green on Streamsong Black. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - hole 12
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Streamsong Black - hole 12
A wall of sand guards the par-5 12th hole on Streamsong Black. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - hole 13
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Streamsong Black - hole 13
The 13th hole on Streamsong Black features two separate greens. This lower left green will be easier to reach than an elevated green further right. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - hole 14
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Streamsong Black - hole 14
The 299-yard 14th hole on Streamsong Black will tempt players from every tee box to drive the difficult green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - hole 15
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Streamsong Black - hole 15
The 15th hole on Streamsong Black is a wee par 3. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - hole 16
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Streamsong Black - hole 16
How much trouble will you bite off with your driver on the sandy, dogleg-left 16th hole on Streamsong Black? There's plenty of fairway to the right of this hazard. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - hole 17
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Streamsong Black - hole 17
The backdrop of pines and water makes for a pretty final par 3 at no. 17 on Streamsong Black. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - hole 18
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Streamsong Black - hole 18
Big hitters must take on a pond if they're trying to reach the par-5 18th hole on Streamsong Black in two shots. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

See early photos of Streamsong Black, scheduled to open this fall in Florida

BOWLING GREEN, Fla. - With courses by Tom Doak and Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw already garnering national acclaim at Streamsong Resort, Gil Hanse got creative while designing the new Streamsong Black.

In roughly six years, Streamsong has gone from a phosphate mining wasteland in central Florida to the only resort in golf with courses designed by these three celebrated, modern-minimalist firms.

The Black, a par 73 of 7,566 yards set to debut September 28, counters Doak's wild greens on Streamsong Blue and the demanding tee shots dreamed up by Coore & Crenshaw on Streamsong Red with plenty of cool architectural twists. Hanse held nothing back, molding a massive sandy canvass into what could become the most popular spot for golfers at the resort.

Operating out of a separate clubhouse currently under construction, Streamsong Black will be home to 18 holes, a full practice facility, a practice loop consisting of four greens (two of them double greens) called the "Roundabout", and a ginormous putting green called the "Gauntlet", an ode to the Himalayas putting course at St. Andrews in Scotland. The land for the "Roundabout" can also be used as an alternative ninth hole, leading players back to the mostly glass-walled clubhouse.

As for the course itself, speed slots, backboards and humps sculpted by Hanse's shapers promote a ground game. Separating the Celebration Bermudagrass fairways from the Miniverde greens will be a buffer zone of Miniverde. In many cases, players won't know where greens begin and end.

Hanse peppered unique elements throughout: A terrifying lone bunker next to the sixth green, a drivable par 4 of only 299 yards at no. 14, another par 4 with a hillock fronting a semi-blind green at no. 8, and a split fairway on the 13th hole that leads to two separate greens. This hole mimics the no. 8 at Pine Valley. It was created after a "soft" request by Richard Mack, the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mosaic, the mining company that owns Streamsong.

Best of all is the ninth green, a blind punchbowl hidden by a ridge. A windmill, transported from another spot on property and rebuilt behind the green, serves as the guide. Great anticipation will accompany the walk up that hill, wondering where the ball came to rest.

Water really only comes into play a couple places, a stream crossing the difficult par-5 fourth hole and a pond at the risk-reward par-5 18th hole.

Like Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue , the Black will be walking only in high season with carts available in the summer. An extended grow-in will ensure that when it opens, the Black will already be one of the best courses in Florida, if not America. The above photos were taken at the end of January, 2016, about nine months before the course officially opens.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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