When you mention Streamsong Golf Resort & Spa to former guests, you can see their eyes light up as their minds begin conjuring up memories of the magical time spent there. Streamsong is seemingly in the middle of nowhere (granted, only an hour from the Tampa metropolis), set on 16,000 acres of land formerly utilized as a phosphate mine. This isolation is part of what makes the experience so special. You are on a figurative island, where you're only objectives are to relax, be pampered, challenge yourself at world-class golf courses and dine at top-notch restaurants.
A Streamsong getaway is completely unique and unrivaled. Here are ten reasons why visiting Streamsong should be atop any golf vacationer's bucket list:
1) Blue Course
The 7th hole on Blue - the most photographed hole in Florida — Photo courtesy of Streamsong Resort
The Blue Course was designed by the great Tom Doak, he is responsible for four designs in the top 100 in the world. Your blood gets flowing early during the walk up to the first tee box–an elevated box allowing panoramic views of both Blue and Red courses. Doak worked with the unusual contours of the former mining property to seamlessly engineer a fascinating 18-hole course. The 7th, a par three over water with a spectacular bridge connecting the drop-zone to the green, could be one of the most beautiful holes in the country. Greens play fast and true.
2) Red Course
Crenshaw's Red Course really makes use of the elements — Photo courtesy of Kris Neild
The Red Course was designed by the masterful team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. Red plays narrower than Blue, with greens that are less prone to three putts. The lakes, dunes and natural bunkers of former phosphate mines are in play. Streamsong mandates walking both Blue and the majority of the year (as they were designed to be walking courses). Enlisting the services of a caddy is recommended.
3) Sporting Clays Course
Shooting clays can help take your mind off your golf game, if just for a second — Photo courtesy of Kris Neild
Streamsong has an eight-station sporting clay course located deep inside its boundaries. Head out with a guide to try your luck at the medley of different shots. Each station has a unique landscape with two different targets. The guide will have you smashing every clay by the end of your session.
4) Bass Fishing
Land a whopper on a guided bass fishing tour — Photo courtesy of Kris Neild
Streamsong offers two- to 6-hour guided bass fishing excursions that take place in the picturesque streams and lakes of the property. You will undoubtedly be the only boat on the water during your time, so it really is just you, the guide and the bass (which average a sizable six pounds). Fishing is catch-and-release style with rods/lures provided.
AcquaPietra is filled with soaking tubs, whirlpools and saunas — Photo courtesy of Streamsong
AcquaPietra is Streamsong's spa, a magnificent space with rock pillars intertwined with various soaking tubs and pools. Walking 18-holes can really tax the body, so arranging for a massage and a couple visits to the wet-suite and whirlpools are advised.
Dining at SottoTerra is an intimate experience — Photo courtesy of Streamsong Resort
SottoTerra is the signature restaurant of Streamsong. The classic Italian-themed SottoTerra has limited seating, which is positioned in such a way to make you feel exclusive and important. The Veal Osso Buco is a must-order, which can be paired with a wine from the extensive list. Service is subtle yet consultative when needed.
7) Restaurant Fifty-Nine
Steaks are the calling card of Fifty-Nine — Photo courtesy of Streamsong
Fifty-Nine is located inside the clubhouse, and offers some amazing views of the course and surrounding property. Its fortes are juicy steaks and seafood. The bar at Fifty-Nine can mix up some pretty delectable drinks to help you forget that shot out of the trap on 18.
8) The Clubhouse
Hang out at the clubhouse terrace and relive your best shots over a cocktail — Photo courtesy of Streamsong
The clubhouse is a visual spectacle in itself. The outdoor terrace overlooks a lake, making it a great spot to reflect on your round. Browse the golf shop to pick up some replacement balls for the next day's tee time.
9) Fitness Amenities
Streamsong has a pool, fitness center and hiking trails for those needing a break from the links — Photo courtesy of Kris Neild
Streamsong has a beautiful outdoor pool to cool off in after walking 18. There are hiking trails that weave through the property, tennis courts and a fitness center.
10) Resort and Rooms
The rooms at Streamsong get you into relax-mode immediately — Photo courtesy of Streamsong
Upon arriving at Streamsong, the first thing that sticks out is the resort, with its stunning, modern architectural style. It confirms your thoughts that you are clearly staying at a world class property. The rooms are big and beautiful, with great views of the sprawling acreage.