|The par three 14th hole... golfer on the tee|
This was certainly the case the other afternoon when I visited Royal Curragh Golf Club, to take a few photographs - and to take one in particular that will, I hope, grace the pages of Golf Monthly in the next few months. There is much to admire about Ireland's oldest golf course. Those crumpled fairways, those short, sharp hills and that blazing gorse give the place a unique feel.
|Sheep crowd the road by the 14th green|
The sun was out and behaving spectacularly for the camera, but you still have to be patient. Maybe it will take five minutes for the sun to hit that bunker and cast a crucial shadow that highlights the shapes around it, or perhaps you'll need ten minutes before it lights up the flag to bring a distant green to life... and maybe it will take an hour. Maybe you'll have to wait for another day. But, when you get the shot you've been hoping for, it makes the time disappear. It even makes you forget that you're on a golf course in perfect weather and not swinging a club. At Royal Curragh I got lucky with several shots... like the one below. I walked onto the tee, set up and the light did everything I could have asked of it in the space of two minutes. And it helps that it's such a spectacular opening hole.
|One of those beautiful opening holes, with a glorious vista and |
a tee shot you just have to nail.
There are many golf photographers I admire - Aidan Bradley, Kevin Murray and Mark Alexander among them, but Larry Lambrecht is someone whose work I grew up with and this quote (from his website) sums up the joy and beauty of photographing the best courses in the world.