The Red Course was designed by Coore Crenshaw- one of the outstanding golf architectural firms in the world. I love their courses.
And at Streamsong they had a perfect canvass to create something special, with sand dunes and water aplenty.
I thought the front nine holes were very interesting with a combination of long par 4's I just could not reach in regulation ( hole 1 ), water carries on 5 tee shots, a really fascinating short par 4 ( hole 9 ) with a very tricky green, some picture postcard par 3's, and pretty interesting green complexes.
It was a delight to play , but very challenging.
I am usually a straight hitter but here I hit the fairway bunkers a number of times. The general view was that the front nine was too tight off the tee, with water, and rough to negotiate and a lot of bunker 'fingers' reaching into the landing areas. If it were a little more lenient off the tee I think it would be regarded a very good nine holes...
But the back nine on the Red Course had a totally different feel.
It was BIG - long and wide
I am not at all sure this will suit the resort golfer at all.
Forward tees may make the greens reachable but not more interesting with huge fairways - the opposite of the front nine.
Long & wide and a tad boring was my assessment- it just did not appeal, and I had no desire to play that back nine on the Red Course again...
The Travelling Golfer