Golf Course Architecture - Issue 69, July 2022

TEE BOX The Chain at Streamsong COURSE BLUEPR INT Permitting is under way on a new short course designed by Coore & Crenshaw at the Streamsong Resort in Florida. Measuring a total of 2,925 yards, The Chain will have 16 holes that range from 90 to 201 yards, plus two that are slightly longer, the 251-yard fourteenth and 275-yard seventeenth. The course can be played in loops of six, 12 and 18 holes. The first six is designed to be playable for any level of golfer, meandering through a grove of native live oaks. The course then traverses old mining cuts and along the banks of Little Payne Creek – these holes provide more challenge and opportunities for risk and reward. A putting course, ‘The Bucket’, sits between holes one and seven. “Routed on a highly interesting site, The Chain will feature a variety of holes laid upon a landscape of parkland, live oaks, sand and lakes,” said Bill Coore. “Although diminutive in size, we believe The Chain, when combined with the anything-butdiminutive Bucket putting course, has the potential to complement, perhaps even enhance, Streamsong’s reputation for must-be-experienced golf.” Ben Pratt, senior vice president of government and public affairs at Mosaic, said: “We are thrilled to work with Bill and Ben on this new short course, and we are equally thrilled that Streamsong’s unprecedented success in 2021 allows us to fund the project with cash generated by the resort.” A two-acre putting green called The Bucket will sit alongside the first hole Built on a site that was used for decades to mine phosphate ore, the course will feature plenty of elevation change The layout gives options for loops of six, 12 and 18 holes. The first six are designed for any level of golfer Little Payne Creek is in play on several holes The opening hole is a short walk from the Lodge at Streamsong Golfers can select any spot on the teeing area, rather than playing from designated markers The fourteenth is the second longest hole on the course at 251 yards Image: Streamsong Resort 33