At Streamsong Resort in Florida, golfers feel transported to a totally different world that includes three fantastic golf courses and exceptional amenities in its natural surroundings.
Earlier this month, Mass Golf hosted its first-ever trip to Florida’s largest public golf resort for a three-night stay on the property filled with fun in the sun. The 80 degree temperatures were a welcome respite from the harsh winter weather at home.
“I booked this trip with friends, and Streamsong couldn’t have been more perfect for us,” said Sheila Monterastelli, one of more than 40 mass golfers who took part in the trip. “All three golf courses were outstanding, with immaculate conditions, spectacular terrain and spectacular views. The facilities were modern and clean, and the rooms were spacious and comfortable. When we weren’t golfing, we enjoyed relaxing by the pool, watching the sunset, and having drinks on the rooftop. We reconnected with other friends from the group and more importantly, we had a lot of fun.
Located approximately 80 miles southeast of Tampa, Florida, Streamsong opened in 2013 and has since become a popular destination for golf enthusiasts around the world. Its golf courses have been compared to Chambers Bay, host of the 2018 US Open, as both facilities have converted former mining sites into esteemed public golf courses.
All three distinct courses – “Red”, “Blue” and “Black” – are within walking distance and have been featured on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.
In addition to golf, Streamsong also has a luxurious pool and spa for golfers to cool down and relax afterwards, as well as skeet shooting, bass fishing, a tennis and archery to add to its many activities. While golfers were free to choose their activities, Streamsong’s attentive staff helped provide plenty of recommendations and moved people throughout the property.
Although Streamsong offers so much for so many people, hosting more than 9,000 parties per month, guests were able to enjoy the peace of their surroundings and have some flexibility in how they wanted to spend their time.
Here are some of the highlights from the Streamsong Getaway:
Day 1: Arrival/Reception
The Streamsong journey began Thursday evening March 3 with all golfers attending a reception inside the Lobby Leaf Lounge. The living room offers floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of the lake. Guests were treated to a full selection of beverages and craft cocktails, as well as a delicious assortment of entrees and desserts. They were also able to meet their travel companions.
“It was pretty laid back, but everyone mixed together and it was a very social group,” said Jenna Walkiewicz, associate director of membership growth and services for Mass Golf, who oversaw the trip. “It was kind of a good kick-off to get everyone to know each other before the trip started.”
Day 2: Red Course/The Manege
The first tee times began at 8am on the red course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, who were responsible for the redesign of The Pines course at The International in Bolton. Earlier this year it was also announced that Coore and Crenshaw would be returning soon to build a fourth golf course at Streamsong.
During each round of 18 holes over the three days, golfers competed in foursomes. Each golfer played their individual ball, but the best score counted for their team. Each team competed for gift certificates that could be used anywhere in the complex.
In the afternoon, golfers were back outside to take part in a scrambling event at The Roundabout, a short 7-hole course with holes as short as 65 yards and up to 150 yards.
Groups also received guidance from Streamsong Tournament Coordinator Drew Smith, who helped point golfers in the right direction.
“He just knew what the order of things would be and what would be the most fun experience for the players to have,” Walkiewicz said.
Day 3: Black Course/The Gauntlet
Gil Hanse’s Streamsong Black course is located at the southern end of the golf resort and has its own clubhouse, which is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Opened in 2017, this course features the iconic Windmill, large explosive bunkers and multiple options for attacking each hole.
For the second day in a row, the foursome of Cindy Mulica, Michelle McDonough, Deb Mcneil and Roxanne Comolli, all from Renaissance in Haverhill, all took first place in the team competition.
After their 18 second day of walking, golfers were invited to trade in their shoes and full golf bags for flip flops, a putter and a drink for a putting competition at The Gauntlet. The 1.2 acre, 18 hole course provided a fun and entertaining way to end the day. After each player went through 18 putting holes, the top five lowest scores competed in a long putting contest, with the top 2 earning gift certificates.
The Black Clubhouse also had its own bar and restaurant for the enjoyment of golfers.
Day 4: Blue Course/Rewards
The last day of golf was played on Streamsong’s top rated and most scenic course. From the first tee, golfers get a 360-degree glimpse of what awaits them: rolling terrain, deep-water ponds and huge bunkers rolling over towering sand dunes. In fact, the first tee itself is located on top of a sand dune. (See picture below)
Designed by Tom Doak, the Blue Course boasts stunning holes including a deep 74ft green on the par-3 5th and a par-3 7th which sits in the pocket of a sand dune.
In the final 18-hole competition, Virginia and Will Townsend, Benjamin Sieradzki and Donna E Holt-Sieradzki had the highest score.
After playing at the Blue course, the golfers were invited to a lunch and a final distribution of gift certificates to conclude their getaway. Some extended their trip, but either way there was a lot of lingering excitement from the experience at Streamsong.
Here is what some of the guests had to say after the mass golf trip to Streamsong:
My husband and I have just returned from Streamsong. What a fantastic golf experience! Just wanted to reach out and tell you what an amazing job Jenna has done. She was always there to ask questions and if she didn’t know the answer she would come back within minutes with one. Jenna seemed relaxed and enjoying as much as we were, even though she was working the whole trip, it made us feel comfortable. I knew about 20 of the girls on the trip, and none of us had a problem with anything. We look forward to more trips through Mass Golf, and hope Jenna organizes more trips. Thank you! — Will & Virginia Townshend
I want to thank you and your team for organizing a fantastic March trip to Streamsong Resort. Kudos to Jenna Walkiewicz for the outstanding job she did in organizing the trip. Her communication skills, attention to detail and sense of service are superb! Jenna truly provided a top notch golf experience. Not to mention the PLEASURE!! — Barbara Quinn
The entire staff of Streamsong went above and beyond to make our stay flawless. the Streamsong The trip certainly provided a much-needed golf fix after three months of winter in the northeast. The 80 degree sunny days were exactly what we were hoping for. I would definitely go back! — Sheila Monterastelli
Streamsong was the first of three mass golf trips held this year. In August, another group will head to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon. This trip is currently full, but you can email Mark Gagné and put your name on a waiting list.
In September, Mass Golf will host its first overseas trip since 2019 with a week-long adventure in Ireland. Originally scheduled for 2020, this trip is scheduled for 6 rounds of golf, 7 nights of accommodation, chauffeured transfers, meals and more. The list of courses includes Waterville Golf Links, Ballybunion Old, Old Head Golf Links, Tralee Golf Club, Lahinich Old and Dooks Golf Links. To learn more about this trip, CLICK HERE
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