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Golf Architecture Magazine

  • March 28, 2017
Golf Architecture Magazine

The 2016 issue (#18) of Golf Architecture, an annual publication by the Society of Australian Golf Course Architects, has been made available for viewing online. The magazine features a range of articles pertaining to golf course architecture from around the world including two articles by the OCCM team - an interview with Mike Keiser Jr. by Mike Cocking, and a review of the Olympic course in Rio by Mike Clayton. The magazine can be accessed by clicking below.

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New 14th Hole at Cranbourne Golf Club

  • March 20, 2017
New 14th Hole at Cranbourne Golf Club

The Melbourne sandbelt is full of great short holes made on unremarkable, flat land. It was the sand and the beautiful low-growing heathland plants that allowed for the construction of some of the greatest short holes in the game. The new 14th at Cranbourne provides another such example and prior to clearing the site it was difficult to gauge exactly what the land would feel like. We suspected it would be a good site for a new hole but only once the noxious weeds and debris from its days as a tip site were removed, was the potential of the new hole revealed. Like most of the great short...

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New 19th Hole at Victoria Golf Club

  • March 8, 2017
New 19th Hole at Victoria Golf Club

This short video provides an update on the new 19th hole and practice area at Victoria Golf Club, which is now well established having been built approximately 12 months ago.  :: Mike Cocking

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The Royal Treatment – Golf Australia Magazine Feature

  • February 27, 2017
The Royal Treatment – Golf Australia Magazine Feature

Golf Australia magazine last month included a feature on our redesign of the original 18 hole layout at Royal Canberra. The feature, which can be accessed online by clicking here, includes commentary on some of the key changes made to the layout and why they needed to be made.

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Update on the North Course at Peninsula Kingswood

  • February 15, 2017
Update on the North Course at Peninsula Kingswood

With nearly all holes on the South course now open for member play, our work at Peninsula Kingswood has moved on to the North course. This video update features drone footage from December 2016 of the North course's back nine, providing a glimpse of the scale of transformation that is taking place. Our work on the North course will continue throughout 2017, with all 36 holes due to be open for play during 2018.  :: Mike Cocking

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New 9th Hole at Ranfurlie

  • February 9, 2017
New 9th Hole at Ranfurlie

This video provides an update on recent work at Ranfurlie Golf Club in Melbourne, which involved a redesign to the 9th hole. The new hole is due to open for play in April 2017. :: Ashley

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More New Holes Open at Peninsula Kingswood

  • February 2, 2017
More New Holes Open at Peninsula Kingswood

Four new holes opened for play this week on the South course at Peninsula Kingswood, with the 3rd, 6th, 7th and 10th (temporary) being incorporated into the 18 hole composite course. Next month we expect to open the 4th, 5th and 18th holes, which will complete the opening of the South course. Works meanwhile continue on the North course, with the revamped 36 hole course scheduled to open in full in 2018. More images from Gary Lisbon will be released in the coming months to showcase the work completed so far.

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Portsea Golf Club Appointment

  • January 17, 2017
Portsea Golf Club Appointment

We’re pleased to announce that Ogilvy, Clayton, Cocking & Mead has been appointed as course architects and professional consultants to Portsea Golf Club. The Portsea course is one we are very familiar with having been involved with the redesign of the course during the 1990’s and early 2000’s, a period over which it rose from outside the top 50 and into the top 25 courses in the country. The course has immense potential, and we look forward to working closely with the club over the coming years to further enhance its quality. :: Mike Cocking

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Cranbourne GC :: 14th Hole

  • January 9, 2017
Cranbourne GC :: 14th Hole

Our new 14th hole at Cranbourne Golf Club is progressing well after finishing construction and grassing in spring. The below drone video provides a unique perspective of the new hole and helps explain a little about where the hole sits and how it plays. We expect play will commence in late summer ready for the club championships.     :: Mike Cocking

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Merry Christmas from the OCCM team

  • December 23, 2016

Royal Canberra Course Redesign

  • December 21, 2016

2016 saw the completion of our redesign of the original 18 holes at Royal Canberra Golf Club, which culminated in the recent re-opening of the course. The two year project included the reconstruction of all tees, greens and bunkers, the installation of many kilometres of new drainage, and the widening & re-grassing of almost 20 hectares of fairway. We look forward to 2018 when Australia's top 100 courses are again rated by the leading two golf magazines in the country, and we hope Royal Canberra is returned to its rightful position amongst the country's best courses. The video below shows...

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Lonsdale Golf Club Project Update

  • December 16, 2016

This video provides an aerial animation of our proposed masterplan at Lonsdale Golf Club.

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OCCM completes work on back nine holes at Royal Canberra GC

  • November 29, 2016

Golf Course Architecture has written an article on our work at Royal Canberra following the recent opening of the back nine on the original 18 hole course. The article can be viewed here.

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Stage One of the Little Nine Opens at Shady Oaks

  • November 22, 2016
Stage One of the Little Nine Opens at Shady Oaks

The first stage of our little nine project at Shady Oaks in Fort Worth, Texas has opened for play, consisting of greens 2, 3 and 7 and around a dozen bunkers that were constructed in June and July this year. Our concept for the Little Nine is two fold. On one hand it offers members with a break from the big course – somewhere to play a quick nine if time is pressing or for those learning the game or who find the big course too long or difficult. But the best and most exciting feature of the Little Nine is the ability to play cross country golf. This concept allows golfers the opportunity...

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New Nine at Royal Canberra Opens for Play

  • November 17, 2016
New Nine at Royal Canberra Opens for Play

We’re please to announce that the new back nine on Royal Canberra's original 18-hole course has opened for play this week to great acclaim from members, guests and the media. Celebrations for the opening included a ribbon cutting by the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and a demonstration match featuring Geoff Ogilvy. This milestone marks the completion of the original 18-hole course, with the front nine completed 12-months ago. The future redesign of holes 19-27 will then complete the project, and further contribute to Royal Canberra's elevation back into the top echelon of clubs in the country. The...

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Royal Canberra’s 14th Hole

  • September 28, 2016

The 14th at Royal Canberra has been transformed by using the true width of the piece of land it occupies, and the principles of the original concept design of Commander John Harris. Harris had drawn the hole from what is now the 13th tee and he envisaged a dramatic tee shot across the lake on the right. For whatever reason the hole was never built and whilst the 13th made a beautiful downhill par three, the 14th always failed to make any strategic use of the lake. This failure was a disappointment given that it was the primary natural feature of the land. The new hole captures the essence of Harris'...

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The Little Nine at Shady Oaks

  • June 28, 2016

We’re delighted to announce that work begins on the 'little nine' at Shady Oaks CC in Texas early next month. Routed on just over 5 hectares, the little nine represents an important part of the game beyond just its historical significance of the place where Mr Hogan honed his craft (the famed Oak under which he hit thousands of golf balls still stands in the north-east corner). The little nine represents perhaps the ultimate practice facility and short course - could there be a better use of a small space such as this? With 9 formal greens and bunkers, it offers a somewhere to have a quick...

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Bonnie Doon’s Redevelopment

  • May 31, 2016

In this episode of The Week in Golf, Course Superintendent Justin Bradbury and I speak about our early progress at Bonnie Doon on stage three of the course redevelopment. ::Mike

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Spring Valley

  • May 5, 2016

For many years we have consulted to Vern Marcom’s wonderful but too often under-rated sand belt gem – Spring Valley, which was recently reviewed in Golf Australia Magazine. Some alterations have been quite extensive but more often than not the work has involved repositioning a tee or perhaps subtly reworking a bunker or tee carry. As with all our construction on the sand-belt we try hard to give the impression the new work have been there for a long time. Changes at the 5th were completed 12 months ago and show how even a small change such as widening a tee and making some changes to the carry...

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The Practice Facility

  • April 4, 2016

THEY say practise makes perfect but in golf, much of that depends on the quality of the facility you have to practise at. In this article I explore some of the game's great practice facilities and hopefully help inspire golfers and clubs alike to take practising the game more seriously. Click here to continue reading :: Mike The practice facility at Victoria GC: with improvements to turf, drainage and a scattering of bunkers, the practice facility now resembles a golf hole and provides a much more stimulating place to practise.    

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