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Royal Queensland :: Construction

Last week I spent some time up at RQ inspecting the construction of a couple of waste areas on the 1st, 10th & 18th.

The course is looking great at the moment and the condition is perfect for this time of year. After spending two years at RQ when we were building its always good to get back up there.

:: Ashley Mead

Charity Golf Day

On the Monday after the Presidents Cup in November we held the first of what we hope to be many Ogilvy Clayton Charity Golf Days.  Geoff and his wife Juli selected the YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE FOUNDATION to be the beneficiaries of all funds raised on the day.  YAMS, for short, funds research into a cure for Neuroblastoma, a horrible cancer that targets very young children.  The sold-out event held at Victoria Golf Club was attended by many high profile people from the world of sport, entertainment and business. A very kind donation from Geoff & Juli helped raise over $125,000 for YAMS on the day.

Its onward and upward for our next event, so watch this space.

:: Peter Bessey


Royal Canberra :: A New Project

Late 2011 we were engaged to prepare a Masterplan for the Royal Canberra Golf Club. We have made a few visits to the nation’s capitol already and we are looking forward to starting on the ground works after the Australian Women’s Open in 2013.

Check what Planet Golf had to say about our appointment:

 :: Ogilvy Clayton

State of the Game Podcast :: Episode 3

I have been asked to join the conversation on a new podcast, “State of the Game“, that is hosted on Geoff Shackelford’s website.

You can either stream it from the link below or subscribe to the podcast here via itunes.


Episode 3 :: “The Game has been hijacked by money.”


“The USGA – and Tiger Woods – are talking banning th belly and long putter. Join host Rod Morri, co-hosts John Huggan and Mike Clayton and long time putter user Craig Spence as they dissect just how dificult – or even desirable – that might be.”
:: Mike Clayton

Women’s Open :: Royal Melbourne

The  Women’s Open at Royal Melbourne is another chance for some of the best players in the world to solve the mysteries of one of the world’s great courses. Jiyai Shin, the brilliant Korean,  here plays a long second shot into the par five 17th hole on Thursday. She flipped a little chip close to the hole and tapped in for an easy four. A group behind the 14 year old, Lydia Ko hits a rescue club to twenty feet at the final hole. She made the putt for a three and a 73.

Royal Melbourne playing tough for the ladies.

A group behind the 14 year old, Lydia Ko hits a rescue club to twenty feet at the final hole. She made the putt for a three and a 74.

The youngest player to win a professional event, 14 yr old Lydian Ko.


Finally the 16th East, the downhill par three showing off the design skills of Alex Russell. This hole was a star at the Presidents Cup only two months ago but this week it sits on the bench, replaced by the uphill 4th hole on the East.

The design skills of Alex Russell at Royal Melbourne's 16th East.


:: Michael Clayton

Pebble Beach :: Before and After

This week’s tour stop brings us to one of my favourite place to play golf– Pebble Beach.  Found some old pictures of the course that you can compare to the current layout of the hole.

:: Geoff Ogilvy

17th Before


17th After

7th Before

7th After

:: Geoff Ogilvy

Seven Mile Beach

One of the most significant trends in golf architecture has been the success of golf in remote locations.  Mat Goggin has been suggesting for years that there was an ‘unbelievable’ piece of land not far from Hobart Airport.  Surely there could not be any land so dramatically different from the flat expanses of farmland surrounding the city’s airport but, sure enough, five minutes from the airport is a stretch of stunning dune land ideal for golf.

Mat and the team are in the early stages of the government approval process to develop on this great area of Hobart. If successful it is surely good enough to produce golf capable of making Tasmania the preeminent golf destination in the country.