Autumn has to be the best time of the year for golf course photography
The changing temperatures in the Autumn create some early morning views that build anticipation for golf, the question is how long will it take for the mist to clear at the Gog Magog golf club?
Ben Welch wins the Cambridgeshire County Championship at his first attempt.Read More
Wentworth Golf Club West Course, a great location for golf course photographyRead More
Frustrating day for RoryRead More
If you plan to attend an event to study golfers with a view to improving your game, should you watch women or men? The close comparison between elite women and low handicap men would suggest that watching the European tour Ladies players would benefit more players. Could mens and women golf be combined in some way to give spectators the opportunity to select the players they will benefit most from watching?
Golf Course Photography does not vary significantly between men and women but the enjoyment of the spectators can be significantly changed.
Golf Sixes event a great success and a good opportunity for Golf Course PhotographyRead More
Great fun at the Sixes Golf a great opportunity for golf course photographyRead More
Great new gallery for the Gog Magog Golf Club 2017 seasonRead More
The first frost of the year was on the 2nd November at the Gog Magog Golf Club in Cambridge and the unusually dry and warm October has helped the trees keep their leaves for longer than normal. Autumn colour has to be the best time of the year to photograph golf courses, bringing a variety of colours into view with the added bonus that the sun remains low in the sky for most of the day. For the best golf course photographs early light is the best but needs careful planning to check where the light will appear first. A great free resource is the Photographer's Ephemeris it shows sunrise and sunset times and directions utilising images from google earth. There is s free web version and apps that can be downloaded for mobile devices. If you want to be an expert golf course photographer its a great place to start.
Alex Noren kept his cool and provided me with some great opportunities for golf course photography at the Grove.
After a great start Noren stuttered around the turn but he held his nerve after a great escape at the 12th the hole that had ended Beef's dream the day before.
Noren produced a masterclass in how to avoid a bogey, his long game was not as good as he would have wanted at times but despite some sticky spots he kept a clean card with no bogeys and 6 birdies.
A great finish with 3 birdies in the last 4 holes produced his second successive 65 and a 3 shot lead. If the tournament comes down to the closing holes you would not want to bet against Noren as he has played the 17th and 18th in 6 under par for the first three rounds!
Richard Bland seemed conservative today and this will need to change on Sunday if he is to win in a field with many aggressive newcomers hungry for a win and prepared to take risks.
The excitement around the course was not to do with birdies but when would the crowd see "Beeeeef" The was a remarkable atmosphere especially with young supporters desperate to shout Beef and find an opportunity for a high 5.
Even with his game under pressure an leaking shots Beef remained positive and smiled his way round the course interacting with the crowd.
What a loss it will be if he leaves these shores for the US PGA tour next year.
Come on Beef we are all behind you, you bring a breath of fresh air to golf.
I am looking forward to another great day of golf course photography and hoping for a BEEF charge early on. There are still 25 players within 6 shots of the lead............tough to pick a winner. Whatever happens we know who the crowd wanted to win.
The British Masters is a great tournament revitalised by having great British golfers as the host for the week, Ian Poulter helped make the tournament last year at Woburn and Luke Donald was ever present this week, from the night golf on Tuesday that provided an unusual opportunity for golf course photography to the first class bunker clinic as part of the Master Class series.
He has been involved heavily with the tournament promotion in the run up to the event and has been the go to player all week. It my not have been the course for him but The Grove greenstaff have presented it in excellent condition. Missing the cut with disappoint him especially as Poulter scraped through last year but for Poulter it really was his home course, I think the same cannot be said this year. The open layout that requires length is not be a custom fit for Luke's game. The big crowd favourite this week has been Andrew Beeeef Johnson who has been high fiving spectators everywhere and encouraging the cheering from the crowd that has been heard all over the course. Beef is the chant that follows him everywhere and he returns the favour with smiles and plenty of birdies this week. The European tour needs more players like this..... but he has his US PGA card for next year, what a loss.
Richard Bland leads by one going into the weekend, but it will be a close contest with 25 players within 6 shots.
The crowds have been good for the first two days with many tickets distributed free of charge, we are set for a big weekend of golf, but unfortunately without the tournament host.
A great night for all at the Hero challenge held before the British Masters at The Grove golf club near London. It is a fun format for quick golf at night encouraging the gallery to get involved and there is certainly no keeping quiet as the player gets over the ball!Read More
Another great Mid Am event at Sheringham with 146 the winning score, the results are here
Midamgolf.co.uk organisied another great event with the course set up well and the greens running at 9.0 on the stimp after being ironed in the morning. It made them very swift downwind but did not stop a leading score of 67 in the morning, a round including 8 birdies.
Morning scores are here the standard scratch was 74.
The afternoon rounds saw some improved scores with the winning scores here
Jason Day has gone from strength to Strength since having his hair cut. Have you booked your appointment with the barber? What a short game exhibition.
Rafa looks set for a great season in 2016, he has to be one of the strongest fittest players on tour. I am sure he is chuffed with his win over Rory probably the strongest player out there.
Interesting what the odds will be at Augusta
Great performance from the young ones in winning the Sunningdale foursomes in 2016.