Streamsong Golf Resort in Bowling Green, Florida, which is already home to three highly-rated full-size courses, has released the names and logo for its new non-traditional 18-hole course and Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw-designed putting course at the resort. And it’s all a nod to the property’s mining history.
The 18-hole short course, which will also be available in six- and 12-hole loops with holes ranging from 90 to nearly 300 yards, will be called The Chain. That’s in reference to a giant piece of phosphate mining equipment that was discovered on the property: the chain was used to hold a dragline bucket in place.
That brings us to the name of the golf course under construction, which will be called The Bucket. The 2-acre golf course will be approximately twice the size of the existing Gauntlet golf course at the resort near the Black Course clubhouse.
The expansion is intended to offer fast and fun golf holes to play on sandy and bumpy terrain near the main Streamsong lodge. Players will be able to walk across the driveway to The Chain and The Bucket, which will also feature its own clubhouse with food and beverage operations. It may be especially appealing to players who choose not to walk an 18 second in a day after a morning round at one of the resort’s full-size layouts, or players who don’t have time for a traditional round after arriving at the resort. . in an afternoon or before checking out after a stay of several days. No planned opening date has been announced.
Streamsong announced in December the construction of the 18-hole short course, which will be built on a 100-acre parcel that has been mined for decades. The opening six hole course is meant to be enjoyed by players of any skill level as it winds through a forest of oak trees. The next 12-hole loop winds around Little Payne Creek through old mining cuts left in the ground and should offer more risk/reward opportunities.
Coore and Crenshaw have already teamed up to design the resort’s Red Course, which is ranked second in Florida on Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play list of public access designs. The Red also ties for 37th among all modern courses built since 1960 in the United States. Streamsong’s Black Course ranks 3rd among public access courses in the state and ties for 50th among all modern courses in the US, and the resort’s Blue Course ranks 4th among accessible layouts Florida public and 53rd among modern courses. In total, those three courses make Streamsong one of the few resorts in the US to feature three or more of these highly rated layouts.
“Ben and I have wonderful memories of working with our talented associates and Mosaic Company to create Streamsong Red, and we appreciate the opportunity to return to one of America’s most sought-after golf destinations,” Coore said in a press release announcing the Names. for The Chain and the Bucket. “Routed on a very interesting site, The Chain will feature a variety of holes set in a landscape of parkland, oak trees, sand and lakes. Although diminutive in size, we believe The Chain, when combined with the anything but diminutive Bucket Golf Course, has the potential to complement, perhaps even enhance, Streamsong’s reputation as a must-go golf course.”
The string will not have an overall par or yardage as it is designed to be played from a variety of distances and possibly without a full set of clubs. Large chain links will mark the beginning and end of each teeing area, and players can choose to play from wherever they like within that span.
“Having the opportunity to spend time with Bill Coore and his team as they walked the site and now seeing that vision come to life on the course route is truly special,” said Ben Pratt, senior vice president of government and public affairs for Mosaic. “Finding the old drag chain at the site provided us with a great way to pay homage to the origins of the site while creating unusual golf branding opportunities.”