- Bill Coore, Architect, Streamsong Red
Streamsong Golf Resort revealed the highly anticipated construction schedule for “The Chain,” nearly one year to the day since the concept of the new golf offering was first announced. Construction on the course will begin in early March with hopes of a fall 2023 grand opening. “The Bucket,” a two acre putting course that is part of the new concept also steps from the Lodge entrance, will follow The Chain timeline.
Since Streamsong announced the name, logo and initial routing last spring, the Coore and Crenshaw design team have returned to the roughly 100 acre site on several occasions and are taking advantage of every opportunity to showcase the unexpected elevation changes and live oak groves, water features, and sandscapes throughout to create a compelling layout. The legendary duo who also designed Streamsong Red, which opened in 2012 with “Best New U.S. Course” honors and is perennially ranked among the top 30 courses in the U.S. by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Golfweek, have made several changes and additions to the original routing. Most notably, the 3,000 yard walking layout now includes 19 holes ranging from 90 to over 275 yards, with a six- and 13- hole loop.
Large dragline chain links similar to those used in the mining process on the Streamsong site will mark the beginning and end of each tee box, however specified tee markers and a score relative to par are thoughtfully and purposefully absent from the concept. Players will be encouraged to tee off from whichever teeing area they like on each hole, with a nod toward match play. Now marking the middle of the site is a 22,000 pound dragline bucket, also the namesake for The Bucket putting course, that was installed in early January and will serve as a constant reminder of the history of its location.
The Chain will be the fourth golf course to join the award-winning golf offerings at the world-renowned destination. Streamsong is home to the only warm weather destination with three courses, Streamsong Red, Streamsong Blue and Streamsong Black, in the “Top 40 You Can Play” in the United States, and the only destination in the world with three distinct golf courses designed by legendary architects Coore/Crenshaw, Doak, and Hanse/Wagner.