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Mike Strantz


Mike Strantz Passes Away at Age 50 - Story

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 Hidden Gem 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 also includes Caledonia Golf and Fish Club in Pawleys Island, which was rated 49th among modern courses by Golfweek, and its sister course True Blue Golf and Racquet Club, 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.



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