We have been lucky, over the years, to photograph some of the most prestigious golf courses in the country, and to play on them, too.
Back when we lived at the Jersey Shore, golf courses were a ubiquitous part of our surroundings. After traveling to Pinehurst, Pebble Beach and Hilton Head Island to shoot marketing photos, it seemed imperative to learn to play.
Due to barter arrangements – whereby we received lessons and access in return for golf photography and decorative prints – we once held memberships at several top-rated golf courses at once.
We eschewed riding in golf carts; zipping around on ugly paths and clambering in and out again after each shot seemed antithetical to the beauty and thought that goes into golf course design.
By walking as we played our rounds, we honed our sense of what was important to the golfer, and learned to shoot photos that highlighted this sense. “What makes this hole special?” we would ask when capturing photography, “What is the selling point?”
Though we’ve since moved to the big city, and the heady boom of golf community construction has been slowed somewhat, there are many great courses surrounding us, and one of these is Rolling Green Golf Club, in Springfield, PA, next to Swarthmore.
After a renovation to many of their holes (on one of the oldest layouts in the nation), they called us in to create a new image catalog of the facility. Course superintendent Charlie Carr cajoled the fairways, greens and tree-filled roughes of the parkland course into prime condition, and we shot photography over several gorgeous spring days.
The photos turned out great. Huge photo reproductions of many of the views hang in the club’s dining room and offices. Painted versions, printed on watercolor paper, are available for member purchase in the pro shop. The imagery is featured on the club website.
We’re gearing up for some more golf photography this season, including aerials and photos from a pole (which present a very unique, in-between perspective, one that the cover photo takes advantage of, in fact!). See you on the course.