Mike Clayton

Full Name
Michael Andrew Clayton
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Year of Birth
1957
Place Born
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Playing on Melbourne’s sand belt courses as a young man sparked an early interest in golf course architecture for Clayton so it was really just a natural progression for him to form his own design practice in the latter stages of his playing career, founding Michael Clayton Golf Design in 1995 with John Sloan and Bruce Grant.

Mike Clayton was a successful amateur player, winning his state championship in Victoria in 1977 then the Australian Amateur the following year (when he beat Tony Gresham 1-up in the Final match at Royal Queensland), before turning professional at the age of twenty-four in 1981.

He claimed the first of nine world-wide titles in his second season as a pro when he won the Victorian Open at Metropolitan and he also represented Australia at the 1982 World Cup in Mexico the same year (he also featured in the national 2-man team for that event in Puerto Rico in 1994).

His best placing on the Australian Order of Merit was in 1994 when the finished 4th and he never lost his playing status on the professional circuit until he reached the age of 50 and became eligible for the Australian Legends Tour.

Playing on Melbourne’s sand belt courses as a young man sparked an early interest in golf course architecture for Clayton so it was really just a natural progression for him to form his own design practice in the latter stages of his playing career, founding Michael Clayton Golf Design in 1995 with John Sloan and Bruce Grant.

“I was always interested in golf course architecture, so I read all the books and wrote a little about it for the newspapers,” says Mike. “But I never thought about getting into the business until John and Bruce rang me out of the blue and asked me if I was interested in starting the business.”

The company’s first projects involved redesigning courses such as Portsea and Peninsula, and restoring the layout at Victoria, where Mike has now been consulting for two decades; restoring bunkers, reducing the influence of...

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Bonnie Doon

9th New South Wales - Best in Area 44th Australia Ranking 58th Oceania Ranking

The third oldest club in Sydney, Bonnie Doon began life as Marrickville Golf Club in 1897 when members played on a 12-hole course laid out in the Sydney suburb of Tempe.

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Curlewis

31st Victoria - Best in Area 77th Australia Ranking

Situated on the Bellarine Peninsula, just over an hour’s drive from downtown Melbourne, the sandy soiled fairways at Curlewis Golf Club overlook the sparkling waters of Corio Bay.

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Healesville

25th Victoria - Best in Area 57th Australia Ranking 79th Oceania Ranking

RACV Healesville Country Club nestles in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, on the edge of the Yarra Valley, and the course itself is routed over fairly undulating terrain.

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Port Fairy

24th Victoria - Best in Area 54th Australia Ranking 73rd Oceania Ranking

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Ranfurlie

32nd Victoria - Best in Area 78th Australia Ranking

The doors to Ranfurlie Golf Club's course first opened in 2002 and its generally wide, open fairways were the perfect foil for the tighter, tree-lined holes on the older Amstel Park course, which closed in 2016.

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