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Mike Strantz

Sports News: Joe Torre saved, Mike Strantz honored, Jeff Mingay working hard

Just when you think the Yankees weren’t going to learn from one mistake and were about to make a bigger one, sanity prevails. Maybe Joe Torre played the wrong hunch sitting Giambi and playing Sheffield and Matsui, but who among us thought Matsui (and the rest of the Yankees) would get skunked by Kenny Rogers and Jeremy Bonderman? That was a lightning strike...

New piece on Tobacco Road for Golf Observer, back to the Open

Picture caption: “Mmmm! This IS…a tasty burger! I’ll have a new piece up on Golf Observer soon comparing Tobacco Road to the movie Pulp Fiction. Here are some excerpts: In his book Grounds For Golf, Geoff Shackelford once compared great golf courses to epic films. For example, he called Pine Valley The Godfather and he called National Golf Links of...

The Mike Strantz Nobody Knew (part 1)

Just keep going until you can’t go any further. Then go further, because the moves you make then – when you’ve run out of steam and you’re totally on subconscious and not even thinking about the mechanics – the moves you make then are incredible. – Jeff Buckley Musician Jeff Buckley was talking about himself, but he was speaking for any true...

Remembering Architect Mike Strantz 1955 – 2005

I shed a tear as I typed the lead for this piece. It was a tear for a gifted man taken from us far too young and in the prime of an extraordinary career. It was a tear of sadness for a family’s loss of a devoted husband and father. It was a tear for his design partners, business associates and golf course design colleagues who sorrow for their collective loss of a...

Monterey Peninsula Golf Club – The country’s hottest golf course

I’m thrilled to get the privilege to be invited by the club and designer to play Mike Strantz’s redesign of Monterey Peninsula Golf Club (Shore Course) It was hailed by the attendees at the American Society of Golf Course Architects as a triumph. Many have predicted it will host a major soon. Also…a very happy birthday to my mom, Jeanne Flemma. I...