It’s as intriguing as it is unexpected. A high-design resort has quietly debuted in rural Central Florida, functioning as a self-contained destination for outdoor enthusiasm but boasting the excess one would covet in an ultra-luxury vacation experience.
Welcome to Streamsong Resort (863-428-1000) , a 216-suite offspring of the renowned Bill Coore- and Ben Crenshaw-designed Streamsong Red golf course and the Tom Doak-designed Streamsong Blue golf course and the anchor of a new resort experience that spans beyond the land’s award-winning putting greens.
The former site of a phosphate-mining project tucked between citrus groves and farms, the land’s history and recent reclamation has spawned a unique topography of rolling hills, sand dunes and emerald lakes. Inspired by this colorful tract, architect Albert Alfonso took a minimalist approach to the hotel’s aesthetic, employing glass, recycled woods and neutral tones to enhance the immersion in forgotten Florida. Catering to the modern luxury traveler and an artistic vision within, he also crafted singular recreational spaces like the AcquaPietra Spa, distinguished by a seven-pool hydrotherapy circuit; an infinity-edged pool overlooking a wildlife-rich lake; and an expansive sky roof, ideal for star-gazing in this region devoid of light pollution and equipped with the rooftop Fragmentary Blue bar, one of five on-site food and beverage offerings.
Streamsong’s world of outdoor pursuits envelops the hotel—across a whopping 16,000 acres in little-known Bowling Green. The surrounding waters reveal some of Florida’s superlative bass fishing, while land-based activities focus on sporting clays, nature hikes and golfing. The 18-hole Streamsong Red course, the first completed element of the greater Streamsong project, opened in 2012 and was named the best new course by Golfweek magazine that year. Since then, both Red and Blue continue to grace official lists as some of the world’s top public courses.
Streamsong impresses as more than a golfer’s delight. It’s a surprisingly stylish retreat and a nearby serene escape for those wanting to shed all attachments to city life, branding a former middle-of-nowhere destination as somewhere very special.