Streamsong Resort opens Hanse-designed Black course

  • Lovely Golf Course

    The sixth green on the Black course, guarded by a small pot bunker

  • Lovely Golf Course

    Gil Hanse’s design features large expanses of sand, like here on the tenth

  • Lovely Golf Course

    Streamsong’s Rick Mack says the new course is dramatic, and fits its bold landscape

  • Lovely Golf Course

    The Black course is the third at Streamsong, joining Coore & Crenshaw’s Red and Tom Doak’s Blue course

Elizabeth Robinson
By Elizabeth Robinson

Streamsong Resort in Central Florida has opened its third course, Streamsong Black, designed by Gil Hanse, architect of the 2016 Olympic Golf Course.

“The anticipation and buzz for Streamsong Black has been remarkable,” said Rich Mack, Streamsong’s sponsor and executive vice president of The Mosaic Company. “From this expansive sandy site, Gil and his team have uncovered a dramatic course that fits its bold landscape and flows as if it has been here for years. We are ready to introduce Streamsong Black to the public and elevate our golf experience with three must-play courses that will rival the best golf venues in the world.”

“Streamsong Black is our most eagerly anticipated opening since the debut of the Olympic Course and we’re very proud of our work on this project,” said Hanse. “The scale and shape of this property and the creative design features we were able to incorporate into this layout make Streamsong Black a fun and strategic course to play. We’re excited to take the veil off and welcome players.”

The course is a par-73, with five par fives with considerable difference in length. Highlights of the design include the huge punchbowl green on the ninth, dual greens on the thirteenth hole, and an infinity green on the par-three seventeenth.

The course is the third at Streamsong, joining the Red, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and Blue, designed by Tom Doak.

Hanse’s team has also designed The Roundabout, a free-flowing practice facility which features several green complexes and practice holes. This facility provides multiple ways for players to test their short game, and includes an alternative ninth green, giving golfers the option of a shorter nine-hole loop back to the clubhouse.

A two-acre putting green, called The Gauntlet, sits immediately outside the Black course clubhouse, where the Bone Valley Tavern, with floor to ceiling glass windows, provides views out to the golf course.

Streamsong Black featured on the cover of the April 2017 issue of Golf Course Architecture magazine.