Golf Architects/Designers: Mike Strantz

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Mike Strantz

Mike Strantz (May 27, 1955 – June 10, 2005) was an American golf course architect based out of South Carolina. In 2000, he was named as one of the “Top 10 Greatest Golf Architects of All Time” by Golfweek magazine.

Strantz was born in Toledo, Ohio and raised in Walbridge.He graduated from Michigan State University in 1978 with a degree in turf grass management. He began his career working on the grounds crew at Inverness Club in Toledo where Tom Fazio was preparing the course for the 1979 U.S. Open.

Fazio noticed that Strantz had a gift for the work and was invited to join his construction crew in Hilton Head, South Carolina on Moss Creek Plantation.

Strantz continued to work for eight additional years as an on-site designer for Fazio’s Links and Harbour courses at Wild Dunes near Charleston, Lake Nona, Wade Hampton Club, Osprey Point on Kiawah Island and Black Diamond Ranch in Florida among others. 

Mike Strantz – Tobacco Road GC, North Carolina

In 1987, he left Fazio’s company to oversee the reconstruction of Wild Dunes and for the construction of Dunes West in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Upon completion of Dunes West, Strantz was hired by Myrtle Beach’s Legends Group as Director of Golf Design for their Parkland course.

Mike Strantz – – Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, California

He formed his own design company, Michael Strantz Studios in 1988 where he was free to apply his own design philosophies to forthcoming projects. His first solo project was Caledonia Golf and Fish Club on Pawleys Island, South Carolina in 1993.

Mike Strantz – Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, South Carolina