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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...

Royal Canberra’s 14th Hole

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 Little Nine at Shady Oaks

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...

Bonnie Doon’s Redevelopment

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 ...

Spring Valley

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...

The Practice Facility

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...

Royal Queensland GC – Eastern Land

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...

Stage 3 at Bonnie Doon Commencing in April

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...

OCCM Courses in the Top 100

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...

Strategic Golf the Order of the Day at Lake Karrinyup

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...

Kingston Heath Practice Facilities

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...

The Evolution of a Golf Hole

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...

Victoria GC – Short Game Facility & 19th Hole

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...

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. ...

OCCM Appointed at Shady Oaks CC in Texas

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...

The Importance of Routing

  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...

What I Learned from Royal Melbourne

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...

Thank the Scots

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....

Why I Love St Andrews

"ST. ANDREWS, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 17: Geoff Ogilvy of Australia tees off on the 18th hole during the final round of the 134th Open Championship at Old Course, St Andrews Golf Links, July 17,...

A Career in Course Design

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....

Geoff Ogilvy’s 4th Round US Open Interview

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.  ...

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...

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...