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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club has a great mix of holes that offer chances to play either aggressively or with your thinking cap screwed on tight. In the former case, the par-5 10th hole is one example where you can attack it and walk away with a birdie or better. In contrast, the par-4 16th at Caledonia is one where you want to take your par, be very happy with it and move on to the next hole.
The masterpieces of “The Maverick” continue to rake in the national accolades, as the late Mike Strantz’s perennial award-winning designs at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club have now earned lofty spots in Golfweek’s Best 2021: Top 200 Resort Golf Courses in the U.S. rankings.
Mike Strantz designs can offer compelling examples of visual deception at any given turn, as you’ll see right away when you step to the tee of the 15th hole at True Blue Golf Club. This par five looks like a tough driving hole, but in reality you have some room to miss. Waste bunkers protect both the right and left sides of the fairway. Tee shots up the left side will leave the best angle for a layup, and give the longer hitters a chance to go for it.
A key point of every course architect’s work is in the designer’s choice of green sites, and Mike Strantz has produced some of the wildest sites the golf world has ever seen. At Caledonia Golf & Fish Club you see a lot of narrow greens with different sections to them. These greens are meant to make you really think about your approach shot into them. The 12th green at Caledonia is no different.
In this video tip, Mike Rugg from the Steve Dresser Golf Academy located at True Blue Golf Club and Caledonia Golf & Fish Club in Pawleys Island, S.C. explains why it is so important to have a proper takeaway, and how to achieve it.
Mike Strantz is known for making some holes that are “easy” for most golfers. The short 9th at Caledonia is the first hole that jumps to mind. However, Strantz also makes some holes that are absolute brutes, including the 12th at True Blue, nicknamed the “shed hole.”