Michael Wolveridge, a recently retired golf professional, began his career in golf course design in 1965, when he joined Peter Thomson, a recent winner of his fifth Open, and Commander John Harris - a golf course architect.
Initially, the firm was called South Pacific Golf Pty?Ltd but soon became Harris Thomson and Wolveridge. Early projects included The Wairakei Golf Course in New Zealand, Royal Hong Kong Golf Club in Hong Kong, Bali Handara in Indonesia, Fujioka Country Club in Japan and the renovation of both The Delhi Golf Club and The Royal Calcutta Golf Clubs in India - the latter being the first course built in Asia (1829).
In the 1960s and 1970s, Thompson was pioneering the Asian Tour by playing across the Asia Pacific, and this helped the company expand. Meanwhile, Michael set up the Melbourne office whilst Harris concentrated on the European market from a London office. In 1981 Wolveridge met a young architect named Ross Perrett who later joined the company.
By the time he retired, Michael Wolveridge had designed over 200-golf courses around the world.