Streamsong Black - no. 7
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Streamsong Black - no. 7
The sun sets on Streamsong's newest golf course, the Black, designed Gil Hanse and partner Jim Wagner. Courtesy of Larry Lambrecht/Streamsong
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Streamsong Black - no. 2
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Streamsong Black - no. 2
The short par-4 second hole at Streamsong Black features the course's landmark windmill in the background. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - no. 4
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Streamsong Black - no. 4
The par-5 sixth on Streamsong Black is 601 yards, and the green is gigantic. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - no. 5
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Streamsong Black - no. 5
The par-3 fifth hole on the Streamsong Black Course can play as long as 211 yards. Courtesy of Nile Young/Streamsong
Streamsong Black no. 7
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Streamsong Black no. 7
Morning mist gives the par-3 seventh at Streamsong Black a mystical look. Courtesy of Tracey Hanse/Hanse Golf Course design
Streamsong Black - no. 9
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Streamsong Black - no. 9
The par-4 ninth at Streamsong Black has a punch bowl green and a blind approach. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - no. 6
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Streamsong Black - no. 6
Avoiding pot bunkers, like this one on the par-4 sixth at Streamsong Black, is good strategy. Courtesy of Larry Lambrecht/Streamsong
Streamsong Black - no. 10
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Streamsong Black - no. 10
The first hole on the back nine at Streamsong Black is a 548-yard par 5 that is certainly reachable for strong players. Courtesy of Larry Lambrecht/Streamsong
Streamsong Black - no. 12
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Streamsong Black - no. 12
The 12th is another par 5 at Streamsong Black, which plays 571 yards from the tips. Courtesy of Larry Lambrecht/Streamsong
Streamsong Black - no. 13
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Streamsong Black - no. 13
The par-4 13th at Streamsong Black actually features two different green options. Courtesy of Larry Lambrecht/Streamsong
Streamsong Black - no. 14
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Streamsong Black - no. 14
The 14th, one of architect Gil Hanse's favorite, is a drivable par 4. Courtesy of Larry Lambrecht/Streamsong
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Streamsong Black - no. 15
The shortest hole on the course at Streamsong Black plays just 133 yards but it has a difficult green. Courtesy of Larry Lambrecht/Streamsong
Streamsong Black - no. 17
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Streamsong Black - no. 17
The par-3 17th on the Black Course at Streamsong Resort can play as long as 205 yards. Courtesy of Larry Lambrecht/Streamsong
Streamsong Black - no. 18
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Streamsong Black - no. 18
The par 5s on Streamsong Black are dramatic, most notably the 18th hole with a great risk-reward option off a good tee shot. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - clubhouse
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Streamsong Black - clubhouse
The new Streamsong Black clubhouse features a golf shop and the Bone Valley Tavern. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Streamsong Black - The Gauntlet
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Streamsong Black - The Gauntlet
A new putting course by the Streamsong Black clubhouse is called "The Gauntlet. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

Streamsong Black: A look at this unique Florida resort's newest course, designed by Gil Hanse

FORT MEADE, Fla. -- New this fall, Streamsong Resort in central Florida between Tampa and Orlando, officially opened its third golf course, Streamsong Black Course, designed by Gil Hanse and partner Jim Wagner.

With almost two seasons of grow-in behind it, the new course takes its place among two other gems, the Red (designed by the team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw) and the Blue (Tom Doak), which opened in 2013 at Streamsong.

The Black is bigger in scale than the other two and stands alone, while the Red and Blue are intertwined. The Black has its own clubhouse, practice area and even a putting course called The Gauntlet. Most notably, there are 11 acres of greens complexes on the Black, making that part of the course a game all to itself.

The new course plays to a par 73 with five par-5s — each of which are unique. There are a couple of drivable par 4s and a wide variety of par 3s. There are a few water hazards to contend with and a large punchbowl green on the ninth, which is blind on the approach. On the back nine, Hanse introduces dual green complexes on hole 13 and an infinity green on 17, creating a scenic view from the tee box of the course’s closing par-3.

The new clubhouse was designed by Albert Alfonso. Enclosed by glass windows from floor to ceiling, the Bone Valley Tavern inside offers a casual atmosphere, featuring a 32-seat bar, 96 additional indoor seats, outdoor space and large screen TVs.

Read Mike Bailey's review of the Black Course at Streamsong Resort

Video: Ginella on the opening of Streamsong Black


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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