Typically being in the midst of nowhere has its benefits, and you may’t discover many locations as in center of nowhere as Bowling Inexperienced, Florida, which isn’t even an actual city and barely a spot on the state’s midsection. Tampa is an hour north and Sarasota an hour-plus to the southwest. Driving within the space is essentially on unlighted dust roads.
Much more distant is the sprawling resort unfold over 16,000 acres referred to as Streamsong, whose isolation is a part of its appeal, a spot unharried by visitors, quick meals joints and auto elements shops. You’re extra more likely to spot a deer or alligator within the grass than a human being in a pick-up truck. Which makes Streamsong very, very quiet, apart from the sound of golf balls being whacked over three state-of-the-art programs, referred to as Blue, Pink and Black. In line with Golf Digest, “Blue has larger greens. Pink has extra roll-offs. Blue has the deeper bunkers. Pink has extra intricate bunker edges. Blue has extra playing water carries off the tee.” (Black was added after that article got here out.)
The entire enterprise could be very a lot dedicated to harmonizing with its pure environment, and, since Central Florida is as flat as a tortilla, the programs ramble over scruff, tall grasses and sand dunes whose slopes make them among the highest elevations within the state. The programs have been designed by Coore/Crenshaw, Doak, and Hanse and all three have been ranked among the many 100 greatest on this planet in response to each GOLF and Golfweek magazines. Each the resort’s Fall Basic (October 24-27) and Vacation Cup (December 11-13) are already bought out.
The land, as soon as far greener and residential to mastodons, hornless rhinos, humpless camels and 30-foot crocodiles, was found to have huge phosphate rock deposits— its ample fossils gave it the identify Bone Valley—offering Central Florida with a extremely worthwhile business, with the Mosaic Firm a significant participant (in addition to one among Florida’s largest landowners). When the phosphate was fished out, Mosaic reclaimed the land with the assistance of biologists, botanists, and environmental engineers.
Me, I don’t play golf (I agree with Mark Twain when he stated, “Golf is an efficient stroll spoiled”), however, as with every prime resort, there have been loads of options at Streamsong for me to indulge, together with a contemporary spa, bass fishing and clay pigeon taking pictures at varied talent ranges. And if one really craves quietude and isolation, the place the whirr of a golf cart is the loudest sound on campus, Streamsong is good. Merely taking an unspoiled stroll across the grounds and programs is to place one right into a form of discoverer’s trance of a terrain that looks like a verdant, effectively mowed inhabitable planet. The sunrises and sunsets may be spectacular, with storks and different birds waking up, in order that strolling within the morning, earlier than the fierce Florida warmth takes maintain is sort of as refreshing as a dip within the infinity pool. The lakes on the property are fairly superbly laid out and landscaped, so if even if you happen to don’t fish, it’s effectively price going out on a ship with a information to meander in a mazy movement via the murky waters.
Alfonso Architects have given Streamsong a uniquely fashionable in distinction to so many southern golf resorts that appear to be Disneyworld inns or ersatz Southern mansions. The façade is just not notably interesting, wanting extra like a company headquarters than an inviting resort, however the rear of the constructing has some Mondrian-like panels and an adjoining very positive, minimalist banquet corridor that overlooks the pool space. Contained in the foyer and hallways are exceptionally spacious with a ceiling hanging stated to resemble a large leaf. The landscaping may use some flower beds for shade, as may the rooms.
I discovered the desk employees very cordial, and so they helped out at a second’s discover with a snafu once I wanted to get again to catch a aircraft at Tampa.
There are 216 rooms, of excellent measurement with California-style bogs, and a centered desk with two TV screens. Fortunately, the books on the shelf, which in most locations are no matter James Patterson paperback the final visitor left, are applaudable classics, from Moby Dick to the poetry of Wallace Stevens.
There are 4 excellent and really completely different eating places at Streamsong, together with taco and BBQ stands on the golf programs, all of which deserve a full-scale report, which I’ll present in an upcoming article.
As famous, the AcquaPietra Spa is a outstanding and superbly blue-lighted grotto-like area with 9 remedy rooms. I used to be scheduled for a therapeutic massage, however upon arriving I discovered purpose to say no, and it’s a caveat price relaying to those that, like myself, discover the counter-productive machinations of Florida’s governor within the throes of the state’s pandemic to be troubling for the traveler. His raging in opposition to vaccination and masks mandates has prohibited institutions like Streamsong from even asking if its workers are vaccinated—my assigned masseuse was not, and solely a single waitress I encountered was—though most of administration put on pins signifying they have been vaccinated. The remainder of the employees, whom one assumes have chosen not to be so vaccinated, put on masks. If that’s adequate for a visitor as safety, positive, however it’s price citing, and I used to be not the primary resort visitor to make inquiry.