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New golf resort is out of the ordinary for Florida

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 14, 2014 at 11:07 am •  Published: February 14, 2014

Tom Parke, Streamsong's director of marketing, said that the courses are not your "stereotypical" Florida golf course, with paved paths for carts. The Streamsong courses are more similar to European-style golf, featuring many elevation changes, wild grasses and bunkers — and within months of opening garnered several awards.

Golfweek magazine named it the best new golf course in 2012 and in 2013, the magazine listed both courses on the top 40 public courses in the world.

There are 130 caddies during the high season, a clubhouse that serves lunch and drinks near the golf course, and 12 rooms for those that want to wake up each morning on the course.

"Those are for pure golfers who literally want to be at the course's edge," said Parke.

Players don't have to stay at the resort to use the course; Parke said that some visitors come from the Tampa and Sarasota areas just for the day.

And while Streamsong is a golf-heavy resort and conference center (think high-level executives meeting in conference rooms, then hitting the links in the afternoon) there is more to the resort.

The hotel is something out of South Beach, with its concrete-and-wood exterior — except that it overlooks a beautiful and unusual Florida landscape. There are four restaurants on the property (three in the main hotel and one in the golf clubhouse).

Visitors can go fishing in one of the many lakes, shoot sporting clays or lounge by the pool. There are fire pits for the slightly chilly winter evenings and a rooftop bar.

Eventually, some may go to the resort just for the spa, which has a grotto-like feel with marble, concrete and diffused natural light. It offers six thermal pools, a steam room, a sauna and treatment rooms, along with a more traditional beauty salon.

Hotel rooms are equally as modern and interesting, and they start at $359 a night for a weekend stay (pricer, 2 bedroom suites are $799 a night). They all offer sofas, Keurig coffee makers, refrigerators, large bathrooms and two-sided TVs — one person can watch from the bed, while the other can watch something different from the sofa.

All have a view of the land, whether it's the lakes or the golf course and its dunes.

Looking out from a room, or the rooftop lounge, a visitor might just forget they are in Florida.


If You Go...

STREAMSONG: in Bowling Green, Fla., about 85 miles (137 kilometers) from Orlando and 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Tampa.


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