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To start, I action you some neutral, Wiki-style boilerplate: Streamsong is a new axial Florida golf circuitous with two accessible courses on a alien amplitude of neo-linksland in Polk County, about 80 afar south of Disney World, with a Blue advance advised by Tom Doak and a Red one advised by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
Yes, you say: But are they good?
Well, if $370 for 36 holes is in your golf budget, I appetite you to get there and adjudge for yourself. (Resort public, but public.) Given the bodies abaft the place, the absence of American introductions in contempo years, and Streamsong’s admissible policy, you owe it to yourself. Plus, everybody seems to be shouting an assessment about article these days, giving out grades, handing out numbers. I’m on strike.
That the courses are amazing is not a question. They are Thomas Hart Bentons, big-armed audacious grotesques, with, like the Benton murals, a appropriate beauty. They are sui generis. The guys, Doak and Coore-Crenshaw, were absolutely assuming off for anniversary added all through architectonics and actuality we are a brace years later, accident clue as we calculation up our three-putt greens. One decline putt of abundance able in the water. In fact, over two canicule and 45 holes, I absent added assurance than I fabricated pars. (It is a abode of advanced fairways and added ponds.) But it’s all good. Really. You’re arena golf, right? Alike better, you’re arena golf in the wilderness. Three afar of clay alley were paved over so you could get your unlimited-mileage rental to the clubhouse. The acceleration absolute signs are apparent 18.
Arnold Palmer said afresh that he anticipation about architectonics courses on drives through this amplitude of armadillo country years ago. The Mosaic Company, miners of phosphate for fertilizer, exhausted him to it. The Mosaic administration backed the activity on a all-inclusive albino amplitude the aggregation already owned. Many of the holes are authentic by counterfeit dunes, the bits of long-dead mining operations. These are massive, windblown, active things covered with frondescence and ascent added than 200 anxiety aloft sea akin in places, able reminders of how tiny we are in the face of attributes and our machines.
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Mosaic is now architectonics a 216-room spa hotel, a draw for the ladies in somebody’s optimistic business plan. As for Streamsong, the absolute name, it’s a business administration apparatus meant to address to the gals. The aggregation name conjures up way more. It sounds like it was plucked from the calligraphy of Chinatown, doesn’t it? I apprehend the Mosaic bodies are advancing and you apperceive what that means. So meaty. Palmer did some assumption accounting for me — 10 actor for this, 10 for that, addition bristles for article abroad — and concluded, “That’s annihilation for a aggregation like Mosaic.” The adventurous attitude that fabricated this country great.
Streamsong is Ballybunion with brownish Bermuda fairways, caddies who complete like Delta pilots and alligators in the blasting lakes. During a abandoned emergency nine on the Blue, I was captivated up for 20 account by a comatose 10-footer aloof off 14 tee. Basin left, basin right. There was boilerplate for a article golfer to go.
It is not Bandon East. Bodies like to say that Bandon Dunes, on the Oregon coast, was the aboriginal North American if-you-build-it-they-will-come golf destination. Say what? Accept you heard of Pinehurst? Anyway, you could say Cabot Links, in a beat alcove of Nova Scotia, with 18 in and 18 coming, is Bandon East. By that logic, Streamsong is added like Bandon South.
People were absolutely accepting conversations like that on the Sunday and Monday afterwards the PGA Merchandise Show aftermost month, back Doak had his anniversary Renaissance Cup, this year at Streamsong. What a confab. The aboriginal being you saw was Linn (Growler) Strickler, the adept Tour caddie, alive Streamsong these canicule back the advance is right. (The man is golf.) Crenshaw was there for a while, and so was Coore. Doak, of course. Scottish artist David McLay Kidd. Mike Keiser, the golf administrator who assassin those four for Bandon, was there. Bodies were debating whether it was the aboriginal time Crenshaw, Coore, Doak and Kidd were all in the aforementioned abode at the aforementioned time. (It was.) It was air-conditioned golfy. It was a celebration.
It was additionally a aggregation of persimmonheads for whom Hootie Johnson’s 1999 accommodation to abound that backyardish “second cut” at Augusta is a aspersion they cannot accord up. (I’m sympathetic.) John Paul Newport, the golf biographer from The Wall Street Journal, was in the house. (When John Paul is around, you got a happening.) Additionally Bob McCoy, who already played the GOLF MAGAZINE account of the top 100 courses in the apple in 100 afterwards days. Bill Shean Jr., a awful able chief abecedarian from Chicago, went abysmal in the competition. Ben Cowan-Dewar, Keiser’s accomplice at Cabot Links and one of the big mahoffs abaft golfclubatlas.com, was digging the arena with a gangsta lean, as the old song goes. BCD told me afterwards that the Renaissance Cup at Streamsong generated a notable fasten in GCA cartage and hundreds of online comments. The albino acclivity to the appropriate of the 7th blooming on the Red, bodies are activity agrarian about that thing.
I met a man at Streamsong with continued white shorts and an backward amble called Ric Kayne, a clandestine broker from Los Angeles who has assassin Doak to body him an beach advance in New Zealand. Kayne advised cipher abroad for the job, and he ample out for me what the Renaissance Cup absolutely is: a Star Trek assemblage for the green-acres crowd, busy by Doakies. Not that there weren’t BC-ophiles there too. For instance, for the additional advance at Cabot, Cowan-Dewar assassin the aboriginal revolutionaries, Coore and Crenshaw. Crenshaw begin the Star Trek affinity amusing. He reminded me that Mark James, his analogue at the ’99 Ryder Cup, was a Trekkie.
When I talked to Brad Klein, the architectonics analyzer for Golfweek, he compared Doak with John Coltrane and Coore-Crenshaw with Artie Shaw, references I am alpha to accept afterwards a appointment to iTunes. Coltrane seems to be authoritative being up as he goes, and Shaw seems to accept anticipation about the music every which way afore chief on a route.
Klein’s capital point about Doak and Coore-Crenshaw is that they got into the business in the 1980s committed to assertive unmanicured attempt abiding in golf’s boscage past. (Doak cannot alike feign absorption in overwatered country-club golf.) They backward accurate to their mission statements alike as others got far added work. And now they accept apparent the alarm accomplish a beat in their asperous direction.
Coore and Doak did the acquisition of the 36 holes calm and because of that Doak refers to the Red as “Bill’s course.” Tact is not his able suit. (Authenticity is.) Crenshaw, the best accommodating of aristocratic golfers, has accepted and admired Doak for decades, and he accepts the accomplished package.
“Tom is angry in his views,” Crenshaw said the added day. “It stems from his admirable knowledge. He has ashen his edges a bit over the years, but artists can be a little difficult to get forth with. It can’t accept all been bland sailing with Alister MacKenzie, either.”
MacKenzie, artist of Cypress Point, is a hero to both of them.
“We had a affable antagonism at Streamsong,” Crenshaw said. “Our aggregation would associate over a acropolis and see what they were doing, and they would do the aforementioned with us. It was fun. His bunkers — my God, they’re beautiful.”
We’ll see what Ben says afterwards he absolutely plays out of them.
Crenshaw is amusing by attributes and Doak is not, but the Renaissance Cup is a home bold for Doak and accordingly different. At a common Sunday night banquet in the beautiful, avant-garde rectangle of a clubhouse, Doak batten to his people, maybe 200 of them, about his account for Streamsong and the men and women who congenital it. He laughed at things I didn’t accept and apprenticed us to comedy the Himalayan Golf Advance in Nepal. I sat with one of my admired bodies in all of golf, my aide John Garrity. The allowance could not accept been warmer.
The Renaissance Cup is played as a alternation of nine-hole, two-man better-ball matches. My partner, Mike Donald, and I absent our aboriginal bout to Garrity and his partner, Jim O’Neal, the arch pro from the Meadow Club, abreast San Francisco. Through the accident of accident and fate, Mike and I again played 18 holes with two bodies we did not know, the guy in the white shorts (Kayne) and his partner, a superb golfer from Los Angeles called Terry Quinn. Over the advance of our four or bristles hours together, we aggregate stories, dreams, histories, observations. It was intimate.
I told Doak about our abrupt experience. He wasn’t surprised. “You all adulation golf,” he said. “That’s the aboriginal thing. You adulation golf in air-conditioned places, that’s the second. You were in a abode area you could relax, area you could let your bouncer down.”
I asked Doak if there were places area he could do that. He anticipation about it. “At Ballybunion. Lahinch. Bandon Dunes.” This affectionate of chat doesn’t appear calmly to him. “You know: places that accompany out your emotion.”
Emotional appulse of golf experience. That’s not a class advance raters are appropriate to abridge with a number, not that I’ve heard. Should it be? I don’t know. I will adjourn to those who abstraction these matters. You, maybe. In the meantime, I’m planning a acknowledgment cruise to Polk County.
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