It’s always an honor and a pleasure to write about golf architect Mike Strantz, “The Maverick” to his friends. Caledonia and True Blue are both instant classic and bucket list courses for any well-traveled golfer and student of design – amateur or otherwise!
Special thanks to all the folks a both courses, and of course to the Golf Course Trades team that help make my articles shine on line and in print. Here’s the article. And here’s a snippet:
“Caledonia was Strantzâ€™s first design upon leaving Tom Fazioâ€™s design company and setting out on his own. Shortly afterward, Strantz teamed up with design associate Forrest Fezler. Yes, that Forrest Fezler: another bushy mustache and puckish personality, a perfect match for Strantz! Many golf fans remember Fezlerâ€™s gallant run at the 1974 Massacre at Winged Foot before Hale Irwin finally triumphed. Even more, fans remember Fezler for putting his thumb in the USGAâ€™s eye by changing into shorts for the 72nd hole of the 1983 U.S. Open at Oakmont, proving once and for all that polite society can tolerate the sight of tan, athletic calves.
Kindred spirits in so many ways, together Strantz and Fezler soared to majestic heights as a design team.”