Streamsong Golf Resort- Are you missing out?

Having been to Streamsong twice in the last year I thought I should reflect and gives those planning a trip or considering a trip to Streamsong an idea of what to expect.

What is Streamsong?

Streamsong is a luxury golf resort located in the middle of no where in Florida. When I say middle of no where, I mean it. Streamsong is located in Bowling Green, Florida (good luck guessing where that is). All you need to know is it isn’t too far from either the Tampa or Orlando airports.

Streamsong is home to 3 golf courses, 4 restaurants, and many more activities. You will undoubtedly spend most of your time golfing but they also have fishing, archery, a spa and more. You will be spending all your time at the resort because the closest restaurant outside of the resort is at least 30 minutes away.

The Golf at Streamsong Golf Resort

Just a few notes on the overall golf experience before jumping into each course. We played in the summer months and were able to ride in a cart (thank God because Florida gets hot!). If you ride in a cart you are required to have a group Forecaddie which yes costs more but on some of these course much much needed. The customer service was top notch from the minute your pull into the resort or course.

Streamsong Black

My personal favorite is the Black course. Having its own clubhouse, restaurant, driving range the black still has that Streamsong feel but in its own world. The course it self is challenging yet fun. The undulations are just insane and make for some crazy shots. A caddie is almost required to play this course especially when it comes to their signature 8th hole. The green is a huge (I mean HUGE) bowl with 7-10 foot walls on every side so you can’t even see the pin from your approach shots. It is such a different course than any other you will play in your life. Highly recommend! This is truly a one of kind golf experience.

Streamsong Red and Streamsong blue

Streamsong Red and Blue share many similarities and this is why I have included them together. If you have time to play only one of these courses you really can’t go wrong. These are beautifully designed and such different courses compared to other Florida courses. They share the same range, clubhouse, and have similar designs. Blue just has a great initial tee shot. You are what seems to be the highest point on the property hitting 40 feet down on to the fairway. For Florida golf this is massive elevation and a pretty cool starting point. With recent upgrades to new Mach 1 greens these courses are no doubt top in the state.

The roundabout and Gauntlet

These are 2 great activities for after your round or the afternoon you arrive to Streamsong. The roundabout is a par 3 course located near Streamsong Black. Holes range from 60-140 yards. This is a perfect place to grab 2 clubs, a few beers, and just enjoy a fun afternoon with your group. If you want to scale it back even further they have the Gauntlet, a 18 holes putting course. Located right outside the restaurant/bar at the Black course a massive putting green awaits. With a stand to hold your drink on each tee shot, grab a beer, get your putter, and have fun. This is located right behind the 18th green so make sure to watch and heckle incoming golfers as they finish their round.

Lodging and Dining

Like I said before the resort is in the middle of no where. The food, down time and more will all be spent at the resort. The resort and rooms itself is spacious, clean, and exactly what you would expect from one of Florida’s top golf destinations. The options for food are great with many casual options. I won’t spend too much time here since I like to focus on the golf portion. All I can really say is the resort and dining met our expectations for a premier golf resort.

Is Streamsong worth it?

Yes! It is truly a unique golfing experience. The courses are beautiful, challenging, and just downright fun to play. If you only have time for 2 course I highly suggest the Black and then either Red or Blue. Make sure to get a caddie, they are worth every penny here. This is such a great unique Florida trip that I highly recommend, 10/10.

Dollar Driver Club- Is It Worth It?

This is not a paid post, I am not an employee of Dollar Driver Club, I am just a paying customer that started the service last year. The only thing I ask is if you decide to subscribe to Dollar Driver Club use the following link that gives me a small referral bonus ($5 off coupon for every new signup using my link HERE)

What is Dollar Driver Club?

If you are reading this you probably have some idea of what dollar driver club is. If not here is a brief background on what it is and my personal experience. Essentially dollar driver club is an alternative way to purchase a new driver. Personally a driver is that shiny new toy I always want. I need the newest technology as it comes out because I most definitely could use the extra few yards and forgiveness.

Broken down there are 3 main aspects of Dollar Driver Club to know.

  1. You pay $1 a day for this subscription or $360 a year.
  2. Choose up to 3 drivers to use throughout that subscription year.
  3. Use your subscription fee to purchase a driver if you fall in love with the one you are using.

Con’s

We will start with the cons of Dollar Driver Club because honestly, they’re aren’t too many. The biggest con I see is that it is a subscription service so if you quit playing golf (which is just outrageous) you need to make sure to cancel this subscription. You can’t sell your subscription but you can use your subscription fee towards the purchase of a driver through Dollar Driver Club.

Also, you have a limited amount of drivers, 3, to use a year without the ability to test them in person prior to your decision. For me this isn’t a huge deal but some golfers like the take a few swings in a hitting bay before committing.

Finally, the last con is the cost, $360 a year is not cheap. If you are like me and purchase new drivers often this isn’t a high cost. However, if you are looking for the best drivers under a certain budget an older model driver or used driver would probably work better.

Pro’s

There are quite a few pro’s when it comes to Dollar Drive Club. The most obvious being you always have the newest driver on the market.

Their selection of drivers is great. Name any of the newest drivers on the market… they have it. The toughest choice for me was not joining Dollar Driver Club or not, it was what driver do I want to use first? Part of the reason you are joining this club is to use the newest and best drivers on the market and they deliver in this area.

Customer service is top notch. There is a few things that stood out to me and probably the most impressive was the customer service. I am a very low maintenance customer so having the driver ship on time. Add on top of that they include a personalized message, personalized ball marker and a few other small golf items. That to me is all I need. My brother, who is a little more high maintenance, decided to subscribe as well. He did not like his initial driver choice and decided to use one of his exchanges. When he put in his exchange request a representative from Dollar Driver Club called him to discuss his swing, tendencies, what he is looking for in a driver and basically gave him a club fitting over the phone. Not only was everything handled on time and professionally but going above and beyond to help a customer choose a club is great customer service to me.

You can buy your driver at any point of time. This may end up being the route I take. My first driver from my subscription is the Cobra King Speedzone. I have used it ever since I started the subscription and have fallen in love with it. Since I have paid the annual $360 fee I can use that to the purchase price of this driver. This essentially allows you to try, for an extended period of time, the top drivers on the market.

The Driver comes right to your door. To me, this is a huge pro. For some reason I just can not hit clubs to save my life inside hitting bays at popular golf stores. This was a way for me to try out the newest and best drivers over an extended period of time without having to leave my house to get the club. Also, with COVID not everyone wants to go visit a store or touch clubs that have been used. This is a way to get that new driver and try it out on your own.

Is it worth it?

YES. This is the most important question on the article and the answer is a resounding yes. If you are looking into getting a new driver and plan to spend some money to do so there is no reason not to use Dollar Drive Club. Their selection, service, and ease of use makes it a great option for us golfers.

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How to Avoid the Dad Bod

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This is going to be a short blog post but one that is important… Avoiding the dad bod. Let me first explain I am not a certified personal trainer nor do I exercise enough to be an expert. However, my wife does is and spends most of her time doing some sort of exercise.

First things first is to commit. This is by far the hardest part to getting or staying in shape. Here is where you will need to get creative. Find some sports or activities that you enjoy. For me, this is golf, tennis, and basketball. All three of these get your body moving and outside. If you are very serious about getting in shape you have to have someone to keep you accountable. You also have to have a goal. It is important to break your goals down to monthly goals and then have an overall goal.

Healthy diet. My least favorite part about avoiding a dad bod is the diet. Give me Chick-Fil-A, pizza, and burgers all day. Let’s face it, we probably won’t have the time to get into the best shape of our lives but a health diet may be the most crucial for the long term. I recently had my annual physical and found out I have high cholesterol. My diet has been insanely bad and this served as a wake up call for me. I have a baby boy on the way and a healthy diet is going to keep me around. It is so tempting to eat the fried greasy foods and it is okay to do so in moderation but try to avoid the multiple fast food trips each week.

Exercise plan. Finally, having commitment is good, eating healthy is great, now you put it all together with an exercise plan. This looks different for everyone, the only important thing is to get out and MOVE. Whether that is walking 9 holes of golf, doing a workout class, or playing outside with your kids just move. If you make a decent amount of money a personal trainer is the way to go who will stay on top of you and help you achieve your goals. Or find a friend, spouse, someone who will take a health journey alongside you.

I have struggled to find weights these last few months due to COVID. I also spend all my money on Amazon items. Below is an affiliate link for weights at Amazon. These are a great starting point (15 or 20 pounds) if you want to get a pump in. This is more of a test to see if my links work to be honest but I have bought these and got my parents these as a gift so I trust the product. If you are in the market for some weights us the link or picture below.

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How to Plan the Ultimate Golf Trip

Let me start by saying this by saying I am not a professional golfer. I have no experience planning trips, finding deals, I just enjoy doing it. I will break down the things needed to have a successful golf trip.

Step #1- Find The Right Group

This first step may go without saying but I thought I would include it since this is crucial. Most everything you do in life become much more enjoyable if you have the right people around you. Guess what? A golf trip is no different. Make sure to invite people that you want to travel with.

You also want to make sure each person on the trip has a similar skill level or at least a valid handicap. The best part about these trips (other than the hungover 8am tee times) is getting competitive with your friends. The one way to work around this is to stick to a scramble format but for more options handicaps or similar skill levels is best.

Does size matter??? To a certain extent yes… a golf trip by yourself just doesn’t sound that fun to me personally. However, if 3 or 7 or even 11 of my buddies (let’s not kid here I probably max out at about 7 friends) are along for the trip it becomes exponentially more fun. I would say a foursome minimum is required and just keep expanding foursomes from there. The more people that join the more game modes you can bring into play but we will touch on that in a second.

Step #2 Location, Location, Location

When thinking about locations I think you can break it down based on budget for the trip. To me there are 3 different categories that a golf trip falls into… All Out, Ideal Trips, Let’s Have Fun.

All Out Trips- These are trips where you save up money for a year or even years, the trips you dream about taking, the bucket list trips. These don’t come around often and for me at least require a lot of begging the wife for permission. These are the Ireland trips to Royal Portrush, the trips to Scotland to visit the home of golf, and the breathtaking Hawaii trips to The Plantation Course at Kapalua. If you are looking into this trip good for you, you really can’t go wrong with any destination.

Ideal Trips- These are the once a year trips that bring bragging rights between you and your friends. For me, these are the trips we play our Ryder Cup style matches on. These definitely aren’t as expensive as international travel but do sometimes require some savings. Some great ideas that turn into trips you will want to make again are Bandon Dunes, Pinehurst, Streamsong, California Coast, and many more. There’s so many golf resorts to choose from and many are starting to cater to our crowd of travelling groups.

Let’s Have Fun Trips- These are the trips you plan a few months in advance. These are typically around your hometown or within driving distance. These don’t have to be “cheap courses” but throwing in a random local course always makes for a good time especially when the beers get flowing.

You will have a great time on all of these types of trips. Enjoy the people you are with and have fun.

Step #3 Prepare for the Trip

There are 2 main things that I suggest doing for trip prep. Create a format and get some swag.

Format- This always depends on the group and amount of players. It can go a ton of different ways but here are some suggestions that have worked for me and my friends. The Ryder Cup style… this is great if you are on a weekend trip playing multiple courses. You split the group into 2 teams and play different games each round. Scramble, alternate shot, best ball, but most importantly end it with singles to see how you or your friends handle some pressure. Throw in a trophy that becomes an annual or semi-annual contest and you have yourself a nice personal Ryder Cup. If you have a smaller group or don’t want to have teams you can opt to play the classic game modes listed above. For me the best thing a format can do is set up trash talk between teams and create a competitive environment for some pressure situations.

Now that the trip is getting closer it’s time to look the part. One of the best times of this trip will be showing up with the newest Tiger polo or the latest Rickie Fowler outfit (only some can pull this off). Here is where you head to Amazon or the PGA Superstore and buy those outfits. You also spend some time finding the right balls, which will undoubtedly be lost over the course of the trip. You spend time getting the glove, maybe a team uniform, ball markers, etc. Enjoy this and make sure to make a statement.

Step #4 Enjoy

That’s it…. Enjoy it!

Hello World

I guess the journey begins….

I will begin by saying I am not a writer. My grammar will probably be all over the place, I will not always have the best sentence structure, but I am just going to let it flow. This is my very first blog and probably the first time I have had to write anything outside of an email since graduating college in 2016. All I ask is that you bear with me as I create this content and connect with you.  

About Me

I am a year round golfer, living in Sarasota, Florida married with our first kid on the way. BTW it’s a baby boy and we decided on the name of Brooks which is much better than the name Bryson. I won’t get into rivalries just yet so we will leave the Brooks v Bryson discussion there. As of right now I have a 10.4 handicap index and just recently broke 80 for the very first time. I work in a career that allows me to have time to golf but I have absolutely no authority to talk about golf I just enjoy it. I am naturally an introvert and that is why I am writing a blog instead of a YouTube channel.

I have always loved golf and am so excited to be a dad. This blog is going to be a feature on both of those. Sometimes it is going to be me story telling about the joys, challenges, and everything in between of being a dad. Sometimes it’s going to be story telling about the joys, challenges, and more challenges of golf. I will share stories, how to posts, and product reviews.

As I write this I am scared (yeah scared to write a blog that tells you where I am mentally right now). I don’t know how to be a dad, I don’t know how to hit a draw, but I am hoping we figure those things out together.

I hope you enjoy future stories, reactions, reviews, and more. I guess that there is only one more thing to say and this is… Hello World.