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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

 

Peter Wood

The Travelling Golfer

Jan 2013

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