A Magazine, Issue 74

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A design _ course

Full swing in Florida

Good design is par for the course at Streamsong

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The sandy barrens between Tampa and Orlando, Florida have long been something of a desert-like no-man’s land, despite their subtropical latitudes. Until recently, the area’s only interest to the outside world lay in its phosphate-rich soil, which was mined for fertilizers. Now, one of those mines has been transformed into Streamsong, a luxury spa and resort set amid not one but two 18-hole golf courses that recall Ireland’s legendary Ballybunion links.

The two courses were created by two different design teams, each of which offers its own set of challenges. The course by Tom Doak and Renaissance Golf Design has larger greens but tests golfers with deeper bunkers. Its rival, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, features more roll-offs and bunkers that, while shallower, present meandering edges more difficult to evade. However, the mutual landscape also creates

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By Robert Landon