mike clayton

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