January 30, 2020

"Kia ora" is a Māori language greeting, which has entered New Zealand English, used to wish somebody life and health. The word ora used as a noun means "life, health and vitality". It's also used as a salutation, a farewell or an expression of thanks. With the help of our friends at Golf Away Tours, this lucky group received an invigorating dose of ora on the links at Cape Kidnappers.

This is the second time we've had the pleasure of shooting Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand, a truly stunning Tom Doak layout with ro...

October 4, 2019

We previously had the privilege of shooting Old Head Golf Links for Iron Lady Golf in September of 2017. This October, while we had full confidence in Keith (same photographer as last time), the weather was looking to be very dicey, and we admit to having some trepidation in sending him out there. As it turned out, both the weather and golf gods smiled on us, and there was plenty of sunshine to go around.

It's always tougher to shoot in bad weather, but these good weather photos gave the set a unique feel compared...

October 3, 2019

Designed by Greg Norman in 2002, Doonbeg GC was the third stop for the Iron Lady golfers in their pilgrimage across Ireland. Doonbeg is set along the Atlantic Ocean, and offers spectacular vistas set among massive dunes. Tom Doak says Greg Norman "dialed up the quirk" on Doonbeg, but the general consensus is that Doonbeg is a challenging, yet playable resort course where everyone leaves everyone begging for another go at it.

Our EGM photographers are always up to the challenge of capturing memories on the course t...

Enniscrone Golf Club is a relatively new course, built in 1972 by Eddie Hackett, a prolific Irish golf architect who preferred to follow the contours of a given piece of land, rather than move tons of earth. I can’t imagine what went through Hackett’s mind when he first saw this magnificent piece of property, but it’s clear he took full advantage of what the land gave him.

Our EGM photographer did an outstanding job capturing different angles, shots, scenery, contours, ocean views and a lot of smiles and high five...

September 30, 2019

Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland is a 1929 Harry Colt links that hosted the Open Championship this year, the first time they have done so since 1951. The Dunluce course is unique to many links courses in this part of the world, as the routing follows several different directions instead of a simple out and back configuration. Golfers are therefore ensured a variety of views, terrain and wind directions due to Colt’s exceptional design.

This round was the first of four (4) that the indomitable ladies...

September 28, 2019

Understandably, most golfers travelling overseas pick Scotland, Ireland or England for their bucket list golf trips. Destinations in continental Europe are not often considered, but a multitude of must-play, historic courses exist there. Real Club Valderrama in southern Spain is one such place. Built in 1974 by Robert Trent Jones Sr., Valderrama is one of the most unique courses you’ll find anywhere, as it combines challenge, wonderful vistas and over 2000 Cork Oak trees, many of which existed when Columbus set s...

September 9, 2019

The Royal Birkdale GC dates back to 1889, and has been an Open rota course since hosting its first Open Championship in 1954.  It's obvious this storied links has some pedigree; Jordan Spieth’s adventure from holes 13 to 18 in the 2017 Open anyone?? But Birkdale is also the site of “The Concession”, where a ferociously contested 1969 Ryder Cup ended in a tie after Jack Nicklaus conceded a short putt to Great Britain’s Tony Jacklin.

The concession is widely regarded as one of the greatest acts of sportsmanship in g...

Quick show of hands - who has seen a humpback whale breach from a tee box? For land-locked North Americans this site isn't common in life, let alone golf, unless you're playing the absolutely spectacular Hamilton Island Golf Club, in the Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

Designed by 5-time Open Championship winner Peter Thomson, Hamilton Island GC is the only golf course in Australia that is its own island. As the pictures from this work event Ambrose Scramble I played in can attest, it is un...

June 17, 2019

Kingsbarns Golf Links is generally considered one of the top modern links courses, and for good reason. It's a relatively new course, but looks as if it's been here for many decades. As one of the courses that hosts the Alfred Dunhill Links, Europe's equivalent of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, many great players have walked these grounds.

So when fellow IAGTO member David Redmond of Epic Golf Travel (love the name, David!) asked us to document the round for their clients who were playing there recently, we knew it...

March 9, 2019

Cape Kidnappers is a headland at the southeastern extremity of Hawke's Bay on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island and sits at the end of a 5 mile peninsula which protrudes into the Pacific Ocean. It was named after an attempt by local Māori to abduct a member of Captain Cook's crew aboard HMS Endeavour, during a landfall there on 15 October 1769.
[Source: Wikipedia]

It's as if drones were made for places like Cape Kidnappers Golf Course. The grandeur of golf and scenery all in one does not get much better...

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