My golf group and some other buddies of mine from Charleston and Jacksonville have been planning a trip their for a couple months. So pumped.
How much of that is the spa stuff or is it all inclusive?
Definitely not a cheap experience
ZB definitely getting in deep with Big Salmonella in the most recent clip.
glad he didnt touch the Armadillo, as they carry Leprosy
Just played the black last week and it was very hard in a 25 mph wind all day. Hit the shot of my life on 18th over the water to 3 feet but it was haaaaaarrrrrrrrrddddddddd…
Anyone played Streamsong in the summer? Considering going in July, but wanted to make sure the courses are kept in good shape. (yes I know it will be very hot)
I played Red/Blue in August of last year, I’ll be honest, I was pleasantly surprised with how good the condition of the courses were. Green speeds were up (10.5/11) rolled really good. Tees, fairways all really good for a FL course in the summer
I have been going to Streamsong for the past 4 summers. It is hot and humid but the course itself is still in fantastic shape. Water to drink is located scarcely on the course so I recomend bringing a canteen to store water in.
September in central Florida is steamy, not going to lie. Also peak hurricane season.
Place is great. Definitely underrated. Surprised how many mediocre reviews it gets. I played red and black and loved them both. A lot of strategy and risk reward. I imagine most people fly in and play each course once and leave. I think the more you play the courses the more you appreciate what the architects were trying to do. If you go just once get a caddy. Mine was great. Definitely a sausage fest, but I agree with above that after 36 holes you just want a beer and a steak and the game on TV. If you want more
action hit up Tampa on the way in or the way out. This is a must hit for the north east golfer jonesing for some golf and guaranteed warm weather in the winter months.
Just got back from a weekend there with my wife.
We drove in late Friday night, I played golf /she did spa Saturday morning and then we drove home Sunday afternoon.
Friday Night: Arrived around 7:30. Went straight to the roof top bar for a drink. Best view of the place. We then went to the Red/Blue course for dinner. Quick shuttle ride. This was the “upscale” restaurant on the property. Had a nice steak. Couple cocktails and normal dinner put it around $200.
Saturday: Tee time for 9am so I got to the blue course about an hour before. Got squared away in the proshop and headed to the range.
One thing I noticed on the range- the balls weren’t cleaned, there was dew on the ground and as the supplied the balls on the range, they were wet and covered in grit. It didn’t particularly bother me, but certainly not what I expected.
Played the Blue course. Little confusing on the caddie service as we had a mixed group ( a twosome, and 2 singles) I requested a caddie and to walk, but ultimately was asked to ride with a fore caddie because that was what the group was doing. No real issue for me-- part of playing as a single.
My foursome ended up being good golfers and I was worse of the group. The handful of holes I struggled with my game, I ended up picking up at double as a courtesy to the group.
Course was beautiful. Really interesting lines and views. You told tell it had a lot of play, but still in solid shape. Pace of play was pretty good- we had 4 walkers in front of us so we waited a few times, but nothing terrible. We finished our round in 4:20ish
It was hot and there were not a lot of water coolers around. We had a cooler on our cart that we kept stocked, and even then we felt there was not enough. Only Gatorade options were at the turn and then again at 13.
Saw a couple of No Laying Up hats around this weekend - shout out to you guys.
Joined my wife at the pool saturday afternoon for a bit and then we headed to the Black course “Bone Zone” for dinner. We did the putting green which was super busy around 7:30-8. Dinner was more pub style- we filled up on nachos and buffalo cauliflower bites. about $100 with drinks.
Breakfast and walked around the property. Couple hours at the pool and headed home.
We will be going back soon, maybe at the end of the summer. We’ll be recruiting friends to join us.
Going to treat my dad to a round there in middle of May. He struggles to walk 18 so will likely take a cart. Any guidance on what to tip the forecaddie?
Leaning on playing Red, but pumped to test it out.
Below from the Streamsong website. I played blue and black over summer with a forecaddie and we tipped in line with these numbers. Caddies seemed perfectly happy.
As an aside, played Red last weekend and felt it was the most challenging of the three. Just seemed to be a lot more unforgiving tee shots. Blue and Black have sparse, wispy native grasses off the fairways while red has thick native grasses. Reminded me of my limited experience playing west coast of Scotland links golf (thick rough everywhere) versus east coast (wispy stuff you can probably find your ball in).
To answer the initial post, I would imagine it’s not on the top winter time destination on every list based solely on the price.
It is clearly a top notch golfing destination with some wonderful accommodations, but not everyone who takes a winter golf trip with their buddies is looking to drop what, roughly $400 a day to play a round of golf and have a place to sleep?
For a three day trip, I would be surprised if you could do it at the resort for under $1500 a person, which doesnt include travel to and from.
One of the replies from Feb 18 above mentioned a two night stay at the hotel, 18 holes of golf and a visit to the spa for $1,000.
The other places you mentioned, Pinehurst, Myrtle and Hilton Head all offer packages that are much less expensive due to the high volume of options in the area. I would imagine that is why those destinations are more popular to the average golfer than Streamsong is. I realize its not an apples to apples comparison as far as the golf is concerned, but its the most logical of explanations.
Streamsong is going to cater to a much smaller percentage of the golfing community that say a Myrtle Beach is for these types of winter trips that usually involve handicaps and interest levels of wide ranges.
This is right on, it is a tough sell when you have a larger group.
We have gone to the Orlando area for the last few years, and every year I think its a shame that we are not driving down there. But in reality, when you have 2-3 guys in the group that are more particular about the steakhouse we go to in the evening than they are about which courses we play, it just doesn’t make sense.
There are a few in our group that would enjoy Streamsong though, one of these years we are just going to fly in a day earlier and give it a go.
Just booked a Sunday morning round at Streamsong Black to cap off a buddies trip to Orlando/Tampa.
Saving the best for last. I couldn’t be more excited.
I started this thread mostly because I was confused about how such an incredible place could fly so far under the radar that other AVID golfers - people who I know to be active members of clubs and frequent golf travelers - would have no idea what i was talking about when I brought up Streamsong.
That doesn’t happen quite as often as it used to. I think they’ve done a lot more marketing - I know I saw their GolfNow/Dustin Johnson ad on Golf Channel a million times - and I’ve seen full page ads in magazines.
As far as the argument that price is keeping people away, I’m sure there’s some truth to that, but those people should have at least heard of it, and when I started this thread, it seemed like they hadn’t. Now, at least they know it’s there and it’s awesome, and maybe they aspire to get there one day.
As for me, I’m fortunate in that my wife plays, and she loves it there - and since we don’t have kids, it’s possible to make a mid-winter getaway to Streamsong part of our plan every year. We’re going back for 5 days in February, and it can’t get here soon enough.
Awesome, great info and much appreciated!
Headed to Streamsong for the first time in February with my brother for a long weekend and could not be more excited. My brother’s a little less as psychotic about golf than I am, so he scaled me back from my 36 holes per day plan. Playing 18 on Saturday, Sunday, Monday to experience each course.
Any non-golf activities that people recommend? Is the shooting or fishing worth it? Or just stick to golf and dining/drinking?
Polk County’s Bone Valley ATV Park is just up the road, but it appears to be BYOATV. Of all of the people I know that have played and stayed there I don’t know one that’s done anything other than golf, eat, and drink.
I did a couples weekend out there this summer and the ladies somewhat discreetly brought their own booze to the pool each day. Nobody batted an eyelash. Was pretty funny in the pool around 5:30 Saturday afternoon when it was 80/20 male to female.