Tim Gavrich

Senior Writer

Tim Gavrich is a Senior Writer for Golf Advisor. A student of course design since he took up the game at age six, he also played for his college team at Washington and Lee University and still tries to tee it up in competition whenever possible. He has been involved in the golf industry since graduating in 2011, and has written full-time about golf travel and architecture since 2014. A native of Avon, Connecticut now residing in Vero Beach, Florida, he has played golf on two continents so far and is not too bad on Bermuda greens for a left-handed New Englander. Follow him on Twitter @TimGavrich and on Instagram @TimGavrich.

  • 5.0 stars from 5

    Streamsong Resort - Red Course

    "Great balance of fun and serious challenge"

    Coore & Crenshaw have the highest batting average of any modern golf course architecture concern, armed a they are with sophisticated perspectives on what makes for compelling golf as well as a talented team that can help execute their vision completely. Their effort at Streamsong brings their genteel touch to an unusual environment: the spend sand mounds of a former mining site. As always, they worked with the landscape rather than seeking to dominate it with their 18 holes. The result is a course with ample room to play and make strategic decisions. The routing does lead to the stretch of holes 7 through 15 predominately angling and/or pitching from right to left, but such a stretch is not without precedent. Highlights include the very engaging first two holes, good short 4s at the 4th and 9th holes and the sublime Biarritz-inspired par-3 16th. Finally, the new Mach 1 Bermuda greens, installed over the summer, are very nice. Some uncooperative weather during the project has necessitated a bit of sod patching on some of the Red greens, but even if they look like they've been worked on in places, they putt beautifully. more »

    5.0 stars from 5

    Streamsong Resort - Blue Course

    "My favorite course at Streamsong"

    Blue was the first Streamsong course I played, about four years ago. In the interim, I've played the delightfully weird Black a few times. Recently, I played the Red and Blue in a day in order to get a look at their new (excellent) Mach 1 Bermuda greens, as well as to see which one I preferred. In the end, I give the slight edge to the Blue. I think the holes and features themselves exhibit a bit more variety, and there's a bit more quirk or cheekiness on display from Doak's work than from Coore & Crenshaw's. The par-4 11th is a masterpiece of subtlety in an otherwise pretty wild environment, and overall I enjoy the more freewheeling and daring green contours on the Blue. Both courses are excellent but that's merely my justification for preferring the Blue. Anyone who has been to Streamsong by now knows it is a great place to play golf for a few days, and three different golfers can come out with three different favorite courses. That's the sign of a winner to me. more »