KemperSports will oversee golf operations at the new Florida property, scheduled for a late 2012 opening and fall 2013 completion.
The Mosaic Company announced on February 16 that it has selected Interstate Hotels & Resorts as the hotel management company for its Streamsong Resort project, and KemperSports as the management company for the resort’s golf operations.
Mosaic, a leading producer and marketer of phosphate-based crop nutrients and a major landowner in Central Florida, is developing the resort, golf and conference center destination on approximately 16,000 acres of formerly mined phosphate land in rural Polk County, between Tampa and Orlando.
“We are extremely pleased to place the operating management of Streamsong Resort into the very capable hands of Interstate Hotels & Resorts and KemperSports,” said Tom Sunnarborg, Mosaic’s Vice President-Land Development and Management. “They have an outstanding reputation and portfolio of managed resorts and renowned golf venues. We are confident that the expertise they bring to Streamsong will help to solidify its position as a superior destination for luxury travelers, conference attendees and outdoor enthusiasts who are seeking an escape from the ordinary resort experience.”
Streamsong, slated to be open in full by the fall of 2013, will feature a main lodge and nearby golf clubhouse offering a combined 228 guest rooms, approximately 18,500 square feet of flexible conference and meeting space, a full-service spa, fine and casual dining, several bars including a rooftop lounge, guided bass fishing on surrounding lakes, hiking and birding trails, a sporting clays range, and two golf courses—one designed by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, the other by Tom Doak of Renaissance Golf Design.
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is the largest U.S.-based global hotel management company operating branded, full- and select-service hotels and resorts, conference centers and independent hotels worldwide. The company and its affiliates manage and/or have ownership interests in nearly 400 hotels, with more than 70,000 rooms in 40 states, the District of Columbia, China, Russia, India, Mexico, Belgium, Canada, Ireland and the Netherlands. Its managed resorts include Doral Desert Princess Resort, Palm Springs (Cathedral City), Calif; Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa in Dana Point, Calif.: Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Sonoma County, California, and The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens near Atlanta, Ga.
“We have significant, proven experience in the resort segment and are well-versed in the operations of destination, world-class resorts,” said Jim Abrahamson, Interstate’s Chief Executive Officer. “Streamsong will be the luxury lifestyle destination in this market, and we are delighted to be working with Mosaic. We look forward to partnering with KemperSports in delivering the highest level of service to our resort guests.”
Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports operates golf facilities as well as athletic clubs, lodging venues and major sporting events, including nationally-ranked courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.; The Glen Club in Glenview, Ill.; Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, Calif.; and Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., host of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and 2015 U.S. Open.
“It is a great honor to be selected to manage the golf operations at Streamsong Resort,” said Josh Lesnik, President of KemperSports. “There are only three places in the world where Coore, Crenshaw and Doak have courses side-by-side—Tasmania, Bandon and now Streamsong, which is sure to become a must-play destination.”
The two golf courses and lakeside golf clubhouse, featuring 12 guest rooms, a steakhouse restaurant, 4,400 square feet of meeting space, lounge and pro shop, are projected to open in late 2012, providing an initial golf and meeting destination.