AUBURNDALE, Fla. – At a news conference Wednesday The Mosaic Company, the world’s leading producer of phosphate-based crop nutrients, unveiled plans for Streamsong, a 36-hole golf resort and conference center between Orlando and Tampa.
Coore & Crenshaw is designing one course and Renaissance Golf Design, led by Tom Doak, is designing the other. The intertwined courses and adjoining luxury hotel are being constructed on the site of a former phosphate mine on a rugged, white sand-based landscape that is unique to Florida. The resort is set to open in Fall 2013.
'It's a very, very special place,' Ben Crenshaw said of the 2,500-acre plot in Central Florida.
When it comes to building golf courses, now may not seem like the time and Florida may not seem like the place, but Doak and Coore/Crenshaw are accustomed to combing against the grain. Doak has such rugged gems as Pacific Dunes and Cape Kidnappers on his résumé, while Coore & Crenshaw are credited with Bandon Trails and Friar’s Head.
Though Streamsong isn’t the first resort to feature a course from both design teams (such is the case at Oregon’s Bandon Dunes and Australia’s Lost Farm), Streamsong marks the first time they’ve undertaken a project at the same site simultaneously.
Routing of both courses is now complete, though shaping is still underway. Check back for progress reports along the way.