After a successful amateur and professional playing career in Australia and Europe, Michael Clayton turned his attention to design. In 1995, Michael Clayton Golf Design was formed. Clayton added Ogilvy as a partner before the firm became known as OCCM for Ogilvy, Clayton, Cocking and Mead in 2010.
Prolific on social media, Clayton is one of the most influential voices on golf course architecture. His understanding of the matter came from playing the worlds most excellent courses, in particular, those of Alister MacKenzie.
As Australia's most highly acclaimed architects, he is one-third of Clayton, DeVries & Pont. However, the sum of the parts is greater than the individual. Both DeVries and Clayton count MacKenzie as an inspiration and the design ethos of Frank Pont is inline with Clayton's. Michael Clayton has also worked in partnership with Tom Doak.