A day golf's Mike Strantz would have enjoyed

Autumn at Tot Hill Golf Club Golfers at Tot HillI don't play golf and I never met golf course designer Mike Strantz, but I think he would have had fun yesterday on a sunny day with a bit of crispness and trees still holding some gold fall color across the rolling landscape of Piedmont North Carolina.

The weather was splendid, the golf was good and the ribs, slow cooked for some three hours, were excellent.

The video shot nine years ago of the construction at Tot Hill Farm Golf Club shows a guy with a twinkle in his eye, a smile on his face and obviously loving what he is doing.

Mike StrantzStrantz died at 50 of tongue cancer. By that time, he had become a hot talent in golf design known for challenging and controversial designs.

He began his career as a golf course designer with the famed Tom Fazio, but did a mere nine courses after going out on his own.

Two of the nine are in North Carolina, Tot Hill in Asheboro and Tobacco Road in the Sanford area. On Saturday, Tot Hill held the First Annual Mike Strantz Memorial Golf Tournament, attracting over 100 golfers.

Cooking ribsHis dad was there. His two daughters were there. His wife, Heidi, spoke briefly about how the proceeds would help the Hollings Cancer Center of South Carolina, located on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.

Strantz would have been proud.

(Mike Strantz photo from www.mikestrantzdesign.com. Some more photos from Saturday.)