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Royal Queensland GC – Eastern Land

  • March 15, 2016

In 2007 we completed a major redesign at Royal Queensland due to the duplication of the Gateway Bridge. Since then we have been working on a number of various concepts for the 30 hectares of land that now remains vacant on the Eastern side of the bridge. Some of the options that we considered were: A traditional stand-alone nine hole course Construction of nine new holes and a reconfiguration of the current layout to produce a 27 hole course with returning nines A practice range and associated facilities A reversible course. The routing concept of the course has been settled...

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Stage 3 at Bonnie Doon Commencing in April

  • March 9, 2016

We’re excited to announce that Stage 3 of our Masterplan at Bonnie Doon is to commence on April 26. Expected to take roughly 5 months, the works will include reshaping the five holes in the Southern Paddock which, in the new configuration of holes, constitute the 3rd through 7th. Major changes include removal of the current spare hole (previously the downhill par 3 16th) and converting the current 3rd (old 11th) from a par five to a par four while stretching the current 5th (old 13th) from a par four to a par five. The latter hole should be one of the more spectacular on the property with...

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OCCM Courses in the Top 100

  • March 8, 2016

The two main biennial course ranking lists in Australia have now been released for 2016, with courses that OCCM has provided architectural services to featuring prominently. In the Golf Australia Magazine list, eight courses redesigned by members of the OCCM team feature within the top 50 including Lake Karrinyup #14 (#15 in Golf Digest), The Lakes #15 (#16 in Golf Digest), Peninsula Kingswood North #20 (#40 in Golf Digest), Royal Queensland #25 (#24 in Golf Digest), The Grange - West #28 (#44 in Golf Digest), Bonnie Doon #38 (#55 in Golf Digest), Spring Valley #43 (#53 in Golf Digest) and Healesville...

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Strategic Golf the Order of the Day at Lake Karrinyup

  • February 24, 2016

THIS week the Australian and European tours head west to Perth and Lake Karrinyup; a course we at OCCM have had a long relationship with after undertaking the redesign about a decade ago. Click here to continue reading

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Kingston Heath Practice Facilities

  • February 23, 2016

The new practice putting green and front tee at Kingston Heath has opened after being rebuilt in Spring 2015. The entire front lawn area has been reshaped to maximise the size of the practice green & tee, and generally to improve the contouring of the area. The putting green extends all the way to the courtyard and better reflects the slopes of the greens on the golf course. In addition we’ve created a perfectly level section close to the pro-shop where golfers can practise their stroke. To view the plan we prepared for the club, click here. :: Mike      

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The Evolution of a Golf Hole

  • February 3, 2016

LIKE most living things, golf courses change over time.  Sometimes this can be slow. Trees grow, bunkers erode, even putting green levels can change with constant top dressing and bunker play, adding as much as 30cm over time. Some changes occur much faster. Click here to continue reading

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Victoria GC – Short Game Facility & 19th Hole

  • January 12, 2016

Works were completed on the new short game facility / 19th hole at Victoria just prior to Christmas. The area will compliment the chipping and bunker complex located closer to the clubhouse, but golfers will be able to play much longer pitch shots (up to 100m) as well as a variety of bunker shots, chips and putts. Rather uniquely the area will double as a 19th hole if required by using the back section of the tee, playing at close to 120m. With the hole currently growing-in, play is expected to commence in late Summer / early Autumn. :: Mike Cocking

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Morning Drive

  • December 14, 2015
Morning Drive

The team travelled to The Golf Channel's studios in Florida recently to appear on Morning Drive. Here's the video of our interview with Matt Ginella.

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OCCM Appointed at Shady Oaks CC in Texas

  • November 26, 2015

It gives us great pleasure to announce our appointment as golf course architects to Shady Oaks Country Club in Forth Worth, Texas. The brain child of Marvin Leonard, Shady Oaks has a rich history dating back to the original 1955 design by Robert Trent Jones. As the home of one golf's greats – Mr Ben Hogan – the club holds an important place in American golf and we feel honoured to be entrusted with this important task. We've started looking at design opportunities on both the main course and the 'little nine' – a 9 short hole short course built over 10 acres which has the potential...

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The Importance of Routing

  • November 6, 2015

In the last few months I’ve been fortunate enough to look over new sites in Vietnam and Queensland as well as continuing to refine the routing of a new development in Tasmania. This has led to the idea for this month's column: routing the golf course, one of the most important aspects of any golf course design. :: Mike  

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Whistling Straits: A Monster, But How Much Fun is it to Play?

  • August 26, 2015

Reflections from my recent trip to the USPGA Championship at Whistling Straits, a spectacular course built on flat plain land on the shores of Lake Michigan to emulate the famous dunes courses of Ireland and Scotland. Visually beautiful, bold and intimidating, but how much fun is it to play? :: Mike  

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What I Learned from Royal Melbourne

  • August 10, 2015

Here is an excerpt from my first feature on golf course architecture with Golf Vietnam Magazine, where I share some insights from great courses like Royal Melbourne and Augusta National. It took a while but the more I played Royal Melbourne the more it became clear there was more to the course than first meets the eye. I started to realize there were places to drive the ball that gave better lines to the flag, and quite often those places were not in the middle of the fairway but rather off to one side. Usually a drive near a bunker or close to the corner of a dogleg provided the best approach....

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Thank the Scots

  • July 16, 2015

On site this week to watch the The Open Championship, Mike Clayton reflects on what makes the golf course at St Andrews so interesting both as a player and a spectator.

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Why I Love St Andrews

  • July 16, 2015

In the lead up to The Open Championship, Geoff discusses his love for St Andrews with Golf Australia, a course he first played as a teenager.

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Michael Cocking Discusses Commonwealth G.C. & the Evolution of Sandbelt Golf

  • July 9, 2015

In this excerpt from a recent round table at Commonwealth Golf Club, Michael Cocking discusses the great Sandbelt courses, focusing on their evolution over time and Commonwealth's place among this great collection of courses.

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A Career in Course Design

  • June 26, 2015

In the first installment of a course architecture series for Golflink, Mike Cocking discusses his career path as a golf course architect as well the diversity of backgrounds evident amongst his peers; past and present.

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Geoff Ogilvy’s 4th Round US Open Interview

  • June 25, 2015

In this interview following a final round 67, Geoff shares his thoughts on his U.S. Open performance and the Chambers Bay course, which has been the subject of controversy concerning the course design, setup and condition.  

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My Perfect Golf Course by Geoff Ogilvy

  • December 17, 2014
My Perfect Golf Course by Geoff Ogilvy

Here is an excerpt  from my latest Golf Australia article. It hasn’t been built yet. And it probably never will be; the perfect golf course, that is. But we’ve come close a few times, with the Old Course at St Andrews the nearest so far. Ironically, that might have something to do with the fact that the Home of Golf is the course that has seen the least input from humans. It just evolved into the ‘perfect’ course, which is, by its very nature, the way of evolution..." See more at: http://www.golfaustralia.com.au/perfect-course-geoff-ogilvy/#sthash.i00v7Y9j.dpuf :: Geoff    

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RACV Healesville…..a decade on

  • September 16, 2014
RACV Healesville…..a decade on

We make a point to visit our courses as often as we can and occasionally we might even get the chance to a hit.  Sadly, it doesn't happen as often as you might think but it can be one of the most rewarding parts of the job - playing the holes that you laboured over for months or even years. And so it was a wonderful way to spend a morning heading back to Healesville. The course condition had markedly improved since I’d seen it last at the end of a difficult summer and even after a lot of recent rain the course was surprisingly dry. The greens would put most of the city clubs to shame – firm,...

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Geoff Ogilvy Wins!

  • August 4, 2014
Geoff Ogilvy Wins!

OCCM Golf congratulate Geoff on getting back in the winners circle.  Geoff's eighth PGA Tour victory came at the Barracuda Championship at the Montreux G&CC in Nevada.  With this win Geoff also gets an invite to PGA Championship next week at Valhalla GC in Louisville, Kentucky. Here is more about Geoff and his thoughts on golf course design. Geoff Ogilvy 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...

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