Streamsong’s new fourth course gets a name and logo with links to the property’s mining days
The fourth and upcoming course at the Streamsong Gplf Resort in Central Florida officially bears a name, “The Chain”, which honors the mining equipment that was discovered at the site while Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw were conveying the unique layout.
The Range will be located within walking distance of the Lodge at Streamsong, unlike the resort’s three other popular courses (Red, Blue and Black), and is a short course that can be played in 6, 12 and 18 hole loops. The course will have holes ranging in length from 90 to 300 yards, so it is a mix of what would be considered par 3 and par 4 holes, although the scoreboard does not indicate the by. Instead, large drag chain links will identify the start and end of each tee box, but with no tee markers specified, players are encouraged to choose their starting point and distance on each hole.
The course can be played up to a maximum distance of around 3,000 meters and is intended to take considerably less time than the three championship courses, providing a shorter and faster option next to the main resort accommodation. The namesake ‘chain’ was used long ago to hold a dragline bucket in place when the 16,000 acre site was mined for phosphate ore, leading to the sand formations that make Streamsong’s topography so unique in Florida. As a natural extension, the new short course area will also include a two-acre putting course called “The Bucket” which is approximately twice the size of the existing Gauntlet putting course at Streamsong Black.
“Although small in size, we believe The Chain, when combined with the all but minimal Bucket putting course, has the potential to complement, if not enhance, Streamsong’s reputation for must-have golf,” said said Coore, who also partnered with Crenshaw to build the station’s red course.
The 100-acre property at The Chain is very different in appearance to the other three Streamsong courses, with a landscape of majestic oak trees and lakes as well as sand. Holes also play along and through old mining cuts and Little Payne Creek, the water source from which Streamsong derives the first half of its name.
The first six holes are essentially par 3 holes, with the longest stretching to around 145 metres. The 12-hole loop, meanwhile, features holes ranging from 125 yards to around 300 yards, including a risk-reward penultimate hole that will have a fairway and green flanked by a deep mining cut of a side and the creek on the other.
Although the routing has largely been cleared, construction has yet to begin, making it likely The Chain won’t open at the resort until August 2024.