Golf News for Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | Courses

Florida's Streamsong Resort golf courses now open to the public

STREAMSONG, Fla. -- Streamsong Resort, a development of The Mosaic Company, has announced that its Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue golf courses and golf clubhouse are officially open to the public.

Streamsong Resort is being built on approximately 16,000 acres of former phosphate mining land, including the extraordinarily unique terrain where Coore & Crenshaw and Renaissance Golf Design (Tom Doak) leveraged their visionary talents to create two unparalleled, intersecting golf courses unlike any other in the state of Florida. Streamsong is the first venue in the world where these renowned architects have collaborated to design 36 holes, and only the third containing layouts from both design firms.

"Streamsong is a powerful site, and Mosaic is excited to introduce this venue to the world's golf community as a world-class model for economic and environmental sustainability," said Rich Mack, Mosaic's executive vice president and general counsel. "We are honored by the reception Streamsong has received. With the opening of the main lodge and other nature-based amenities later this year, we will have created more than 200 permanent jobs and a very unexpected, but special golf, conference and luxury resort destination."

Streamsong Red, designed by Coore & Crenshaw (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw), was recently named "Best New U.S. Course You Can Play" by GOLF Magazine. The par-72 course plays to 7,148 yards, features striking landforms, large lakes and rolling terrain.

Streamsong Blue, designed by Renaissance Golf Design (Tom Doak), received Honorable Mention as the "Best New U.S. Course You Can Play" by GOLF Magazine. The par-72 course plays to 7,164 yards, features wide fairways, massive bunkers and extreme elevation changes. Both courses feature MiniVerdeā„¢ Ultra Dwarf Bermudagrass on greens with 419 bermudagrass on fairways and tees. Walking is encouraged with caddies available - golf cars are also available.

"This property has some of the most unusual, interesting and dramatic land forms we have ever encountered," said Coore. "The landscape is different than anything we've worked with before." "The land at Streamsong was naturally conducive to uncovering great golf holes," added Crenshaw.

"This is such a good piece of land for golf," said Doak. "The variety of contours created by the mining process allowed us to create a layout unlike any other."

The golf clubhouse, designed by Alfonso Architects, features 12 guest rooms (designed to accommodate 16 guests); 4,500 square-feet of meeting space, a steakhouse with private dining, lounge and golf shop.

Online tee-times and stay and play packages are now available to the general public via www.streamsongresort.com. The online service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offers tee times on both Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue.

The main lodge, opening in fall 2013, will include 216 luxury guest rooms, a conference center, full-service spa, lakeside pool, casual and fine dining, hiking and birding trails, tennis, guided bass fishing and a sporting clays range.

KemperSports is responsible for management of Streamsong's golf operations, with Scott Wilson serving as Director of Golf. Interstate Hotels & Resorts has overall management responsibility for the resort, with Mike Speicher serving as General Manager.

About Streamsong
Located between Tampa and Orlando, StreamsongĀ® Resort is being developed by The Mosaic Company and is founded on a commitment to economic and environmental sustainability... From awe-inspiring golf courses and enchanting nature trails to sumptuous dining and ethereal spa experiences, Streamsong will operate in concert with its environment. This appreciation for the land's inherent beauty creates an unparalleled luxury resort.

For more information, visit www.streamsongresort.com.

About Mosaic
Mosaic, the world's leading producer and marketer of phosphate and potash crop nutrients and a major landowner in Central Florida, is developing the luxury resort, golf and conference center destination on approximately 16,000 acres of formerly mined phosphate land in rural Polk County between Tampa and Orlando.

For more information about Mosaic, visit www.mosaicco.com.

About Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of a 50/50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Thayer Lodging Group and Jin Jiang Hotels, is the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company operating branded full- and select-service hotels and resorts, conference centers and independent hotels worldwide. Currently, Interstate and its affiliates manage 373 hotels with nearly 70,000 rooms in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, including six wholly-owned hotels. In addition, Interstate has executed agreements to manage 36 hotels with nearly 7,200 rooms under construction or development throughout the world.

For more information, visit www.interstatehotels.com.

About KemperSports
Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports builds, owns and manages golf courses, resorts, athletic clubs and lodging venues across the U.S., Caribbean and Central America. The company's award-winning portfolio includes nationally-ranked courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, named the No. 1 Golf Resort in North America by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine; The Glen Club; Desert Willow Golf Resort; Harbor Shores, site of the 2012 and 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid; and Chambers Bay, host of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Open.

For more information about KemperSports, please visit http://www.kempersports.com.

Contact:
Simon Landon
KemperLesnik
p: 312.320.0756
simon.landon@kemperlesnik.com

David Townsend
The Mosaic Company
p: 813.500.6497
dave.townsend@mosaicco.com