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 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 #50 (#82 in Golf Digest). Peninsula Kingswood South and Royal Canberra are currently under construction and were therefore not considered. It will be interesting to see how far these two courses can climb in the 2018 rankings.
An honorable mention goes to Sun City Country Club in Perth, which has entered Golf Australia Magazine’s top 100 list for the first time at #84 following the redesign of nine holes. With more work to come over the coming years, we look forward to Sun City moving further up the rankings in future editions.
OCCM also provide ongoing consultative and restorative work at a number of Sandbelt clubs to help maintain the strategic intent of the original architects while making enhancements where necessary. Given the number of new courses that have entered the top 20 in recent years, the work done at these clubs has been vital to their continued recognition among the top echelon of courses in the country. Of these clubs, Kingston Heath came in at #3 (#2 in Golf Digest), Victoria #11 (#8 in Golf Digest) and Commonwealth #19 (#22 in Golf Digest).
Meanwhile Barnbougle Dunes and St Andrew’s Beach, both collaborations between Michael Clayton and Tom Doak, finished at #2 (#5 in Golf Digest) and #13 (#20 in Golf Digest) respectively.