5 Reasons to Love Streamsong Resort

New amenities, including a dynamic short course, have this Florida gem poised for a second decade of success

Since its debut 10 years ago Streamsong Resort has continuously expanded, and the property’s fourth layout, a 19-hole short course designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, opened for preview play in March 2024.

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Streamsong (photo by Bill Hornstein)

1. Small But Mighty

Forget what you know about Coore & Crenshaw’s previous short courses. The Chain is something altogether different, largely because it was built with match play in mind. Equally noteworthy, the architects took a more aggressive approach when building its green complexes, incorporating dramatic slopes, mounding, and steeply graded run-off areas because they knew that players would be hitting approach shots with higher-lofted clubs.

2. Bass Masters

Just as golfers have bucket-list courses, bass fishermen have bucket-list lakes, and the more than 100 acres of fishable water at Streamsong is exactly that for anglers in the know. Long before the resort existed, celebrity fisherman Bill Dance filmed many episodes of his TV show, Bill Dance Outdoors, on the phosphate-rich lakes scattered about the property. There’s a reason for that: These lakes are teeming with lunkers. In fact, the biggest largemouth bass caught on a guided fishing charter to date weighed in at a whopping 14.2 pounds.

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3. Penthouse Pours

Sporting a fresh, brightened aesthetic (thanks to new carpets, tilework, and a white marble bar top), Rooftop 360 is a can’t-miss spot for cocktails, especially now that it offers panoramic views of The Chain to the east that match the striking sunsets to the west. The bar’s signature old fashioned, showcasing the resort’s bespoke Maker’s Mark bourbon, is smoked in the glass and offers great depth of flavor. However, if you happen to visit when the bar has a bottle of George T. Stagg, E.H. Taylor Single Barrel bourbon, or E.H. Taylor Straight Rye, skip the cocktail and opt for a straight pour—all three priced nicely at less than $20 for two ounces.

4. The Meat of the Matter

Streamsong’s newest dining venue, Canyon Lake Steakhouse, is a carnivore’s utopia. The restaurant’s dry-aged beef, sourced from DeBragga—a century-old New York City butcher—will attract most of the attention, but don’t sleep on the wild game, especially the venison chop, which occasionally graces the restaurant’s list of specials. Don’t skip dessert, either. With its salted caramel ice cream, toffee crumbles, and caramel sauce—among other indulgent ingredients—the Belgian Waffle & Candied Bacon Sundae is divine.

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Rooftop 360

5. Deep Blue

Positioned near the far end of Streamsong’s hotel lobby, a plaster recreation of the jaws of a megalodon shark showcases almost 100 real fossilized teeth that were found on site during the resort’s construction. They’re evidence that the entire region was underwater during prehistoric times, but those jaws aren’t the only place you’ll find such teeth. A few of the resort’s most experienced caddies have developed a keen eye for spotting these fossils along the walking paths on each of the courses, particularly the Blue. So keep your eyes peeled when out on the course, especially after a rainstorm.

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