After getting three University degrees in unrelated pursuits, I decided it was the perfect time to pursue a career in golf course architecture. I had always loved the architectural side of golf and the game’s unique connection to the landscape. As a kid, I built greens (or dirts) by raking up the pine leaves where the grass didn’t grow. The ball actually rolled pretty well on the dirts and the large roots that extended under the greens made for some decent contours. I was hooked.
It wasn’t until I started working at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club that I believed it may be possible to work in the field of golf course design. I was really fascinated by the great golf courses of the world and the things that made them great. This curiosity led me to contact Tom Doak from Renaissance Golf Design as I identified that one of the key ingredients of a great golf course was the deployment of skilled personal on the ground to see it built.
I spent time overseas working in the industry and seeing golf courses. Where possible, I walked and played the best golf courses in the world. The links of Britain and Ireland, the Golden Age courses in America and Britain as well as some modern classic courses all serve as inspiration, as do many country and volunteer-run courses.
I kept writing to Tom and eventually got a start working on the crew building the Tara Iti Golf Course. The experience gained during the Tara Iti project, and subsequent projects with Renaissance Golf Design working alongside Tom, Brian, Brian and Eric has been invaluable.
I look forward to continuing to work alongside talented people, and working with clients that share my passion for fun, playable and engaging golf courses.

Michael Henderson

golf architect Michael Henderson on a bulldozer shaping a golf hole
a watermark of the circular logo for Holes in the Ground