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Course Design: Fantastic Fives

Course Design: Fantastic Fives

Par-5s aren’t what they used to be, at least in the way they are played at the top echelons of the game. But as Golf Australia Architecture Editor Mike Clayton explains, Australia still has a bunch of first-class long holes no one would ever describe as ‘nondescripts’. 13 Sep 2019
Course Design: Two-Shot Stars

Course Design: Two-Shot Stars

Two-shot holes – whether they are medium to long par-4s or short par-5s – make up the majority of holes we all play. Golf Australia Architecture Editor Mike Clayton explains what separates the great from the good and reveals a host of Australia’s best. 17 Jul 2019
Course Design: Short Fours

Course Design: Short Fours

Golf Australia Architecture Editor Mike Clayton dissects the qualities of what makes a great short par-4 and reveals some of the best in the game can be found here in Australia. 4 Jul 2019
Course design: The joy of 3s

Course design: The joy of 3s

One-shot holes are golf’s great leveller, where professionals and high handicappers can find success. What are some of the greatest par-3s in the nation? Golf Australia Architecture Editor Mike Clayton casts his eye across the best and what makes them better than others. 18 Jun 2019
CLAYTON: Brown is good

CLAYTON: Brown is good

If you are living in a part of Australia that is drought-affected or under water restrictions, chances are you could be playing on firm, fast-running brown fairways this summer. 6 Nov 2018
Clayton: Bunkers 101

Clayton: Bunkers 101

Believe it or not, bunkers are not scattered across a golf course simply to make your life a misery. The great designers used them to improve the strategy of their creations, but, as Mike Clayton points out here, not all bunkering is good and often it can be misplaced to make a hole more difficult. 26 Jul 2018
CLAYTON: It’s time we learned to adapt

CLAYTON: It’s time we learned to adapt

If the axe is to fall over some city golf courses, it should be the aim to make better, more interesting layouts with the land that remains – no matter how long or short or how hard or easy the courses become. 21 Mar 2018
REVIEW: Bonnie Doon Golf Club

REVIEW: Bonnie Doon Golf Club

The evolution of one of Sydney’s best known courses continues and the transformation is stunning. Here, is an insight into the redesign of the layout from one of the men overseeing the project. 19 Dec 2016
Unpredictable design = better golf

Unpredictable design = better golf

Target golf is boring golf. The more unpredictable courses are for players, the more interesting the game is to play, argues Mike Clayton. 3 Aug 2016
Mike Clayton - Back To My Caddying Roots

Mike Clayton - Back To My Caddying Roots

Caddying was my first job in golf. 28 Apr 2014
Mike Clayton - There's More To Golf Than The Score

Mike Clayton - There's More To Golf Than The Score

Why do we score at golf? Is it really the point of the game? 28 Mar 2014