Courses & TravelJanuary 20, 2015

Gil Hanse tabbed to design a third course at Streamsong Resort and a fourth could be on the way

Streamsong Resort's two golf courses had quite the debut in Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses issue, which came out earlier this month. And now the trendy Florida destination is about to be enhanced.

On Tuesday, Streamsong unveiled plans for a third course, which will open in the fall of 2017. The Black Course -- joining the highly-rated Red and Blue Courses -- will be designed by Gil Hanse.

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Hanse is the co-designer of Castle Stuart Golf Links among others and he recently renovated Trump Doral's Blue Monster. He is currently working on The Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro, site of the 2016 Summer Games. Construction on Streamsong Black is expected to begin this summer.

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Streamsong Resort -- located within 90 minutes of both Tampa's and Orlando's airports -- opened in December 2012 and has quickly established itself as a premier golf spot. Streamsong Red, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, checked in at No. 100 on Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest, the only new course to make the list. Streamsong Blue, designed by Tom Doak, wasn't far behind at No. 120. The two courses rank 18th and 24th, respectively, on Golf Digest's ranking of America's 100 Greatest Public Courses. The two rank No. 1 and No. 3 -- sandwiching TPC Sawgrass -- in our ranking of Florida's top public courses.

"We're honored to be a part of such an amazing venue and to be able to develop a layout alongside Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue, which were designed by the three architects I admire the most," Hanse said.

Ranking: America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses

While the layouts of the Red and Blue Courses intermingle, the Black Course will be isolated on a southeastern portion of the immense property, which used to serve as a phosphate mine. The resort also said it's looking into adding a fourth course, the details of which would be provided at a later date. Just a guess, but adding more potentially great courses isn't going to hurt the resort's reputation or popularity.

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