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Streamsong Resort

STREAMSONG RESORT STREAMSONG, FLA. When Mosaic, the world’s largest phosphate and potash mining company and the seventh largest landholder in Florida, stopped mining phosphate on a 16,000-acre plot, its developers created three golf courses with a minimalist touch — and they couldn’t have planned better. “This tract was an active mine for 100 years,” says Tom Sunnarborg, vice president of land development and management. The mining process separated the clay and sand from the phosphate; the clay was returned to the

shallow pits first, allowing it to harden. Then sand was pumped on top, allowing nature to reshape it with wind and water into naturalized dunes, now fuzzy with indigenous vegetation. “This allowed a unique water recycling system,” Sunnarborg says. “Irrigation and rainwater hits our courses, (percolates) through the sand, hits the clay and travels back to our irrigation lakes and is recycled.” The sand dunes may not be natural, but they are stunning, some almost 100 feet tall. “The architects did not move them,” he says. “Those dunes are the stars of our show.”

A minimalist philosophy permeates the entire resort. “We challenge conventional thinking of resort and golf development,” Sunnarborg says. “We emphasize walking. We don’t have rough. The fairways end in natural areas. We don’t irrigate outside areas of play, other than a tiny bit around the clubhouse. We don’t plant flowers. We don’t use street lights. We don’t have a fountain at our entrance. Our entrance isn’t even lit. We don’t do anything that’s not necessary. No houses or condos. The clubhouse is intentionally underneath the vista of the dunes. It’s a beautiful building, but it is secondary to the land form.” u1000 Streamsong Dr., Streamsong, Fla.; 888-294-6322; streamsongresort.com

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