Green light

After photographing golf courses for over 15 years, I’ve picked up a few pearls of wisdom along the way, so I thought I’d share them with you.

During my career, I’ve been fortunate to work with a range of clients from exclusive member-only facilities and five-star resorts to municipals and nine-holers with an honesty box. Some had legions of greenkeepers to maintain the green stuff while others relied on a few helping hands.

No matter who the client is, I’ve always had huge admiration for the guys and girls who quietly get out of bed, don a set of waterproofs and head out on the fairways no matter what the weather. Although my wake-up call might be even earlier than theirs, I usually trot out to something resembling fine conditions. They don’t have that luxury.

With this in mind, I always advise my clients to inform the greenkeeping team of a photographer’s visit along with the duration of his/her stay and when they are likely to come into contact with the lesser-spotted camera man with a tripod.

This is important for two reasons:

  1. It ensures there are no difficult discussions about accessing the course at 5am when the light is at its best, and
  2. The photographer and the greenkeepers can work together to maximise the productivity of the shoot; for instance clearing greens during those precious magic hours.

Don’t get me wrong, I often include greenkeepers in my shots, but the majority of my clients are looking for absorbing images of their golf courses that will excite the golfing public, and that’s it.

If you’re a golf club, resort or facility that would be interested in making the most of a golf course photoshoot, ping me a message. I’ve created a pdf cheat sheet that gives you a quick and easy checklist to optimize your shoot.

Equally, if you’re looking to engage a photographer to create a new set of images and videos of your course, facilities and staff, let me know. I’d be happy to chat through some ideas.



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