Ogilvy Clayton Cocking Mead was formed by Geoff Ogilvy, Mike Clayton, Mike Cocking and Ashley Mead and is dedicated to designing, building and preserving wonderful golf courses around the world.
With a diverse range of skills, we offer a complete service encompassing everything from the first concept sketches right through to opening. We pride ourselves on attention to detail and try to limit the number of projects we’re working on so we can dedicate the time necessary to every aspect of the job that ultimately contributes to the look and play of the course.
Our business manager, Peter Bessey, has been involved with us from the start of the company. He can be contacted here with any inquiry or if you need further information.
Geoff first became interested in design as a teenager, when Mike Clayton began the restoration work at his home club Victoria. He was curious about how and why the course had been altered and what changes were being suggested. Before long he developed into one of the game’s best players but also one with a like mind on what made golf interesting and fun to play. So many of the game’s best players see the game through the prism of their own games. Geoff does not.
Mike played the Australian and European tours for almost twenty years from 1981. He has won several professional tournaments around the world and still plays many Senior Tour events every year. When golf or golf course design is not taking up his time, he busies himself writing for various publications about golf and golf course design. His most recent book, “The Golf Courses of the Royal Melbourne Golf Club” was published in time for the 2011 Presidents Cup.
Mike played at a top level as an amateur (and briefly as a pro) which allowed him to travel extensively and seek out many of the world’s best courses. His passion for the game and his inquisitive nature fueled his interest in design, and, after completing an engineering degree in 1998, he found himself in the right place at the right time to start a career as a designer.
Ashely’s knowledge of the game was achieved by dragging his father’s clubs around at an early age, playing club golf and spending ten years in turf grass maintenance. He believes it is impossible to get the required detail to produce an inspirational course by sitting in the confines of an office and time must be spent hiking over a site, studying the landforms or chipping away the edge of a bunker when construction is underway.