Spring Shooting Gets Under Way with 2 Days at Wade Hampton Golf Club!
WHAT A BEAUTY!
Naturally, I'd known of Wade Hampton Golf Club before I had the opportunity to photograph it. It's considered by many to be Tom Fazio's finest design, and I'm a big fan of Mr. Fazio's work. Golf Digest named it this year's 10th Most Beautiful Course in America. It's ranked in the top 20 in Golf Digest's Best 100 American Golf Courses. It's the #1 ranked course in North Carolina. And it's among the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World by all credible ranking sources. Whew!
The ninth green A BRIEF TIME OUT
I need to pause for a moment for some thank you's. First, thanks to Dan Janton and the folks at Heritage Charity Auctions and Awards, who arranged for me to do this photo shoot. The guys at Heritage continue to be incredibly supportive of my work, and it's very much appreciated. Second, my sincere thanks to Pete Matthews, Director of Golf at Wade Hampton, for allowing me the joy of roaming this beautiful property for a few days. I'm never happier than when I'm photographing a beautiful golf course and this one is, indeed, a beauty. And finally, it would be incredibly rude of me not to thank Tom Fazio for designing such a stunning track. A great course, in my estimation, is the result of a successful collaboration between God and a golf course architect who fully understands and loves the land with which he is blessed to work. Tom, my hat's off to you. Now, if you could only help me arrange a photo shoot at Frederica...
I had spent a week in the Highlands/Cashiers area of North Carolina last Fall, and really enjoyed myself, so I was happy to get back into the area. When I arrived, Pete Matthews and his team were incredibly welcoming and helpful, giving me carte blanche to do what I love to do. It doesn't get any better than that. Sadly, shooting conditions were not optimal for my shoot on Wednesday afternoon. Nothing but clear blue skies. Perfect for playing golf and enjoying the mountains. Not so much for photographing a golf course. I did get some usable images, but I decided that I would need to stay at least thru Thursday afternoon, when partly cloudy skies were predicted, to get some good late day shots. Honestly, though, if the worst thing I had to deal with was spending a few
The 18th Green and ClubhouseWhat a way to wrap up a round
more hours roaming Tom Fazio's master work, life is pretty great!
Wade Hampton is a property I could never finish shooting, and hopefully I'll have more chances to chase after the perfect light and the perfect image. But for now, the 100 images I completed may well be the best collection I've ever done. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it! Just click any of the images in this article and you can see some of my favorites.
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