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The Strantz Fantz Club

Mike Strantz designed only seven original courses and remodeled two others in his fifty short years on this Earth. This 'club' was born to highlight the work of our favorite golf course architect of all-time and to aid in the promotion (and hopefully the preservation) of his work for generations to come. 

Arguably the most polarizing course designer that ever lived, chances are good that if you've found your way to this page, you more than likely agree that his courses contain some of the most interesting - and challenging - golf holes ever created.  

Whether you're trying to figure out which one of his courses you should play first or you've played them all, we invite you to 'Join The Club' on Instagram by following @StrantzFantzClub or join us for a day at our next 'IRON MAVERICK' outing - you won't regret either, we promise! 

Click on the courses below for some fun, quick-hitting facts and a link to each course's site:

The Courses

CALEDONIA
CALEDONIA

THE GOLF & FISH CLUB Year Opened: 1994 Notables: #1 Public Course on Grand Strand (SC Golf Panel), Every Top 100 You Can Play list

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STONEHOUSE
STONEHOUSE

Year Opened: 1996 Reopened: 2019 Notables: Best New Upscale Public '96 (Golf Digest), Reopened late 2019, not yet played by us

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ROYAL NEW KENT
ROYAL NEW KENT

Year Opened: 1997 Reopened: 2019 Notables: Best New Upscale Public '97 (Golf Digest), 16th Hardest Course in America ('07 Golf Digest), Hosted 2019 Iron Maverick

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TRUE BLUE
TRUE BLUE

Year Opened: 1998 Notables: Nearly Every Top 100 You Can Play List, across the street (litterally) from Caledonia.

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TOBACCO ROAD
TOBACCO ROAD

Year Opened: 1999 Notables: Best New Upscale '99 (Golf Digest), 10th Hardest Course in America ('07 Golf Digest), Top 50 in World (Golf Course Architecture)

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TOT HILL FARM
TOT HILL FARM

Year Opened: 2000 Notables: 7th Hardest Course in America (Golf Digest '07)

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BULLS BAY
BULLS BAY

Year Opened: 2001 Notables: Host 'The Hootie' - a top collegiate tournament annually, Strantz's only private course of original 7

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SILVER CREEK VALLEY
SILVER CREEK VALLEY

Year Opened: 1992 Strantz Remodel: 2002 Notables: Have not played...yet

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MONTEREY PENINSULA
MONTEREY PENINSULA

THE SHORE COURSE Year Opened: 1960 Strantz Remodel: 2004 Notables: Top 100 US (all of them), Co-host to AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Have not played... yet!

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The Iron Maverick

In early 2019, two years after their closures, Richmond/Williamsburg area Strantz designs Royal New Kent & Stonehouse Golf Clubs, each under new and separate ownership, were scheduled to reopen. We immediately started planning a trip to play them, but paused for a moment and thought maybe there is something bigger at play here

We thought, "What if we invited folks to come play with us and do something as crazy as some of Mike's most thrilling designs?"

Fast forward to September 2019 - THE IRON MAVERICK makes its debut with nearly 50 players gathered - with a 50 year age difference that hailed from nine states - for a blend of Strantz tribute & Golf Iron Man, played on a course as tough as iron itself built by the Maverick himself. Records were broken, adrenaline was pumped and good times, no... GREAT TIMES were had by all 

 THE IRON MAVERICK II, held at the trio of South Carolina Strantz courses in September 2021, sold out in only 45 seconds and had a 200+ person waitlist within an hour. 

 

When we tease number III, get ready to go! 

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! 

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Iron Maverick, Maverick Golf Design, Mike Strantz, Royal New Kent, Golf Evet
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The Legends