Born in Toledo, Ohio, Mike Strantz was one of the top golf architects of the past 25 years. After graduating from Michigan State in 1978, he began work at the Inverness Club which was about to host the 1979 U.S. Open. Tom Fazio, a very famous golf architect met with Strantz several months before the Open because he was behind on his courses. From that point on, beginning with Hilton Head where he worked on Moss Creek Plantation, Strantz went on a new journey as a golf course architect.
Mike would leave Fazio's company in 1987 to reconstruct Wild Dunes, as well as in 1993 when he became the Director of Golf Design by the Myrtle Beach Legends Group for the Parkland course. While he may have died in 2005, his work lives on, as does his reputation. He was chosen as Architect of the Year in 1998 by Golf World, the number on golf architect highest in demand in 1999 by Golf World, and as one of the top ten greatest golf architects of all time by Golfweek. All the courses he has designed have been listed in the top 100 best modern courses in America by Golf Digest.
Strantz designed two Myrtle Beach golf courses before his death. Caledonia Golf and Fish club was built in 1994 and is one of the top courses in all of the United States. Built on an old plantation that was named after the Roman name for Scotland, it was the perfect place for a golf course and one of the best places to golf in all of South Carolina.
True Blue, built in 1998, is one of the most famous courses at Myrtle Beach. When it was built it was listed on the top of every 'Best New' award in the country by Golf Digest and was chosen as the number one course in Myrtle Beach by Golf Digest that same year. A demanding course, that mixes in beauty and grace, it features natural elevations that contours to the original slope of the rice plantation. No visit to Myrtle Beach, the Mecca of golf, is complete without a stop at this legendary course built by a legend of golf architecture.
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