mike clayton

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
Inside Golf Australia August 2019

Inside Golf Australia August 2019

Former World No.1 Jason Day is one of the best putters on the planet … 18 Jul 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
New Course: The ‘re-gen’ of Peninsula Kingswood

New Course: The ‘re-gen’ of Peninsula Kingswood

The biggest course redevelopment in Australian golfing history is set to propel Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club’s North and South Courses onto the world stage. 4 Jun 2019
Inside Golf Australia June 2019

Inside Golf Australia June 2019

The US Open returns to Pebble Beach Golf Links this month … Nineteen years after Tiger Woods produced one of the most dominant performances in sporting history. 23 May 2019
Morri: The Endless Summer

Morri: The Endless Summer

Golf shares similarities with lots of other sports but one of its great appeals is that it simultaneously manages to remain wholly unique. 1 May 2019
Inside Golf Australia April 2019

Inside Golf Australia April 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … If you’re a golf fan, that is. The Masters is here! 21 Mar 2019
A Taste of Tasmania

A Taste of Tasmania

Over the course of two decades, the Apple Isle has emerged as a world-class golf holiday destination, with the quality of its courses matched by the incredible food, cool climate wines, award-winning whiskies and natural attractions. 12 Dec 2018
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
Inside Golf Australia October 2018

Inside Golf Australia October 2018

Justin Thomas is pound-for-pound the world’s biggest hitter. In this month's edition of Golf Australia magazine, he explains the five key movements that drives his distance and can help you rip it, too. 20 Sep 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
Lucas Herbert: From Bendigo to the Barry Burn

Lucas Herbert: From Bendigo to the Barry Burn

Lucas Herbert has made a knack of putting himself in contention at the biggest events in Australian golf and the long hitter will hope to do the same on the world stage this week, as he makes his Open Championship debut. 13 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
CLAYTON: We need to look back to move forward

CLAYTON: We need to look back to move forward

The architecture of the golf course is one thing separating the game from most others where the field of play is confined, regulated by lines, and very often flat. Think, tennis, football, swimming, snooker, athletics or darts. 20 Feb 2017
TOP-100 SPOTLIGHT: The Grange Golf Club

TOP-100 SPOTLIGHT: The Grange Golf Club

Blessed with twin layouts possessing subtly different design characteristics on mildly undulating, sandy terrain, The Grange Golf Club is rich with not just its volume of holes but also the physical form nurturing them. 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
We have much to learn from British golf: Clayton

We have much to learn from British golf: Clayton

Mike Clayton says there are valuable lessons to be learned about the design and set-up of British courses, particularly the use of trees. 25 Sep 2015