Mike Strantz

Full Name
Michael Strantz
Year of Birth
1955
Year of Death
2005 (aged 50)
Place Born
Toledo, Ohio, USA
Place Died
Bulls Bay, South Carolina, USA

“There will be no more Michael Strantz courses, but there will be golf holes and courses inspired by his creativity. There are several golf architects, myself included, who look to Mike’s work for inspiration and through our endeavours, the Maverick spirit lives on. His loss is a true tragedy for all who knew and loved him. He was denied a full life, but he certainly lived one.” Robin Hiseman

Born and raised in Ohio, Mike Strantz enrolled as a studio art student at Miami University on reaching the age of eighteen. His artistic talents were never in question but his study plans changed when he decided to forge a career in golf and so he graduated in 1978 from Michigan University with a degree in turfgrass management.

He joined the grounds crew at the Inverness Club, close to home in Toledo, which was being prepared for the 1979 US Open. Architect Tom Fazio recognized his talents and offered him a position with his firm, resulting in Mike spending most of the next eight years on the road, fashioning layouts in the Carolinas and Florida.

Mike left Fazio’s company in 1987 to settle down in Charleston with his wife Heidi and two young daughters to pursue what he saw as his vocation as a commercial artist, forming his own art practice named Mike Strantz Studios. His spell in golf seemingly at an end, he appeared content to spend the rest of his life away from the sport.

Hurricane Hugo in September of 1989 changed everything. The Wild Dunes golf facility on nearby Isle of Palms, where he had previously worked, took a pounding from the tropical storm, so the owners asked him to return and carry out essential renovation work, which he did. He then stayed on to help on the maintenance front while continuing part-time with his artistic work.

Strantz was subsequently hired by Myrtle Beach's Legends Group as Director of Golf Design for their Parkland course and when this assignment was finished he assembled a small team that would work on new projects in the local area. His new company, Maverick Golf Design, completed its first design on Pawleys Isl...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Mike Strantz

Bulls Bay

14th South Carolina - Best in Area

Mike Strantz fashioned some seriously spectacular elevation changes when he shifted more than two million cubic yards of earth during construction of the course at Bulls Bay Golf Club.

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Caledonia

10th South Carolina - Best in Area

Remnants of the past are dotted around Caledonia Golf & Fish Club – an old fish shed here, foundations and chimneys of old houses there...

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Royal New Kent

Gem USA - Best in Area

Imagine plucking up Royal County Down by its roots and transplanting it, bunkers, dunes and fescue included, to a hilly inland tree-lined landscape, then you’ll have an idea as to what Royal New Kent is like.

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Tobacco Road

9th North Carolina - Best in Area

"Pine Valley on steroids" is how Tobacco Road Golf Club is billed. Cut through an old sand quarry, it’s certainly a unique Mike Strantz creation.

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Tot Hill Farm

66th North Carolina - Best in Area

The course at Tot Hill Farm Golf Club is a tough-as-nails Mike Strantz creation that wends its way in thrilling style around and over creeks and rock formations.

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True Blue

28th South Carolina - Best in Area

The fairways at True Blue Golf Plantation, one of architect Mike Strantz’s earliest designs, wind their way around an old indigo and rice plantation.

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