Streamsong Resort…The Bandon Dunes of Florida

Readers of my blog know that I am an avid golfer! Every year, my three best buddies and I get together for a long weekend of Golf and catching up. This year we convened in Marco Island over Super Bowl weekend.  As the most avid golfer of the group, I decided to fly in a few days early and visit the new but highly touted Streamsong Resort in Ft. Meade, Fl. Tampa, Orlando, and  Ft. Myers Airports are all about equal distance.

I had read a lot about this golf destination and even  had reports from friends who have played there. In a nutshell, it exceeded all my expectations and then some!  Streamsong is a great test of golf. It currently has 2 outstanding courses with plans for 2 more and a 9 hole par 3 layout. The courses were built on an old phosphate quarry and there are massive dunes to contend with and significant elevation changes…very unusual for Florida golf courses!  Like Bandon Dunes, Whistling Strait, St. Andrews, Pebble Beach…this resort is for serious golfers  and not just casual vacationers. It is also not really a place for beginners either as both the Red course and the Blue course are very  demanding tests. My recommendation would be to wait until you are a solid 18 Handicap or better to play there ( that’s also my advice for the other aforementioned golf destinations). A few things to note… There are two very upscale lodging facilities on the premises, The original Clubhouse Lodge and the newly opened Hotel… Both offer top drawer amenities… You must use a caddie whether you walk or ride…they have excellent practice facilities so leave yourself ample time to use them before your round…it is a top tier resort and is priced accordingly so don’t be surprised! If you are a serious golfer, Streamsong Resort should be on your bucket list!

After Streamsong I drove down to Marco and had a great long weekend of fun in the sun, golf and friends! We played The Rookery( very good), Lely Resort (average) and TPC Treviso Bay(great), we stayed at our friends house at the Hideaway Beach Club in Marco and had superb meals at the clubhouse! All in all it was a great start to my 2014 Golf Season!

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