Work of the Late Mike Strantz Being Thoughtfully Restored

By Dave Daubert

Royal New Kent Golf Club, the renowned work of golf course architect Mike Strantz, is being revitalized by new ownership. Working with members of Strantz’s original team, Wingfield Golf Management Services and a group of investors are thoughtfully restoring one of the late artist’s finest works.

Tragically, golf course architect Mike Strantz left behind a short legacy.

A former golf course superintendent, Strantz’s decade-long tutelage shaping courses for legendary architect Tom Fazio led to a solo career that consisted of just seven widely heralded original designs prior to Strantz’s untimely death from cancer at the age of 50.

A rugged, commanding figure with shoulder-length hair and a handlebar mustache, Strantz relished his reputation as a maverick. Yet, the visionary golf course designer was really more of a Renaissance man: a gifted artist and golf purist, gourmet cook, music collector, college hockey player, lover of cats, dogs and horses – and most of all, a devoted family man. More