For a professional golfer, 2006 US Open Champion Geoff Ogilvy is regarded as a fairly astute thinker on design and the game of golf in general. Friends with Australian golf course designer Mike Clayton for more than a decade, in mid-2010 Ogilvy announced that he was partnering with Clayton to form the Ogilvy Clayton design team. The company later changed its name to OCCM, named after Ogilvy, Clayton and partners Michael Cocking and Ashley Mead.
Ogilvy has said in the past that his views on golf course design have been heavily influenced by Clayton, and now that his full-time playing career appears to be slowing down, Ogilvy is expected to take a more active role in design than most of his contemporaries.
For lead designer Michael Cocking, working with a US Champion has already opened up opportunities in places like Texas, where they restored Shady Oaks, and in China for the Lanhai International (Yangtze Dunes) project. The team will be hoping that the dramatic, and expensive, transformation of Peninsula Kingswood will lead to further such work, where clubs overhaul their golf course and invest in modernization and superior turf conditioning. While Peninsula Kingswood North is expected to shoot into the Australian Top 10 when rankings are released in early 2020, it remains to be seen whether this is an affordable, sustainable model for other clubs to follow.
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