Mike Strantz Passes Away at Age
Awarded the "1998
Architect of the Year" by Golf World Magazine,
Tobacco Road designer Mike Strantz has made his mark in
the golf architectural business.
He received many accolades from Golf Digest. His Royal
New Kent design in Williamsburg, Va., earned the
distinction of Best New Upscale Course in America in
1997 and is currently No. 84 on the magazine's Top 100
American Courses list. His Stonehouse Golf Club design
won the Best New Upscale Course award in 1996. In 1999,
Golfweek ranked Royal New Kent and Stonehouse 28th and
77th, respectively, in its list of the
100 Best Modern Courses.
Stonehouse also was named a
by Golf Magazine.
Originally from Toledo, Ohio,
Strantz graduated from Michigan State University in 1978
and began his career at the Inverness Club, which hosted
the U.S. Open in 1979. It was there that he met Tom
Fazio, who was modifying the course for the USGA. He
soon fell in with the Fazio team and served as an
on-site designer and shaper for Fazio for eight years.
Mike approached each project
with his unique ability and philosophy. He worked only
one project at a time, and dedicated his entire energy
to the project at hand.
The Strantz design portfolio
Caledonia Golf and Fish
Pawleys Island, which was rated 49th among modern
courses by Golfweek, and its sister course
True Blue Golf and
as well as
Tobacco Road Golf Club
in Sanford, N.C., which was voted "Top 10 New Upscale
Public Courses" in 1999 by Golf Digest.