"It has been my good fortune to be in the presence of great photography all my life. My brother, David, is in Who's Who, was with National Geographic for two decades, has photos on The Space Voyager, and was National Press Photographer of the year, and on and on. My degrees are in the arts, and I have always appreciated the genius of photography.
When my brother passed away three years ago, I crossed paths with Dave Sansom quite by accident. He had photographed one of my new projects and the owner had asked what I thought of his work. It was an eerie feeling, seeing what I had seen in my brother's work when I was fortunate enough to have him take pictures of my courses.
Dave is an exceptional talent. Good golf photography is more than just seeing a golf shot. His pictures are crisp, beautifully lit with appropriate color, in compositions that create an immediate understanding of the task at hand. In the few years I have had the good fortune to become acquainted with him, Dave Sansom has made my top two.
There are numbers of photographers out there, but, in my mind, here is the best. Also, and this is important, he is, by his own admission, "just a guy with a camera," as easy to work with and receptive to, as well as respectful of the need to have pictures that tell a story. What I want as a golf architect is to have golf holes that are enriched by the tale. The story brings people back to play time and time again. Dave's pictures take me back too - always to good places."
-- Bob Cupp, Golf Course Architect
"Dave constantly overcomes the impossible task of capturing the essence of our island in the sky. The majesty is there to the naked eye, but capturing that grandeur eludes most photographers. The distant views, the changing light, the shadows of mountains, trees and clouds constantly revealing a different experience can only be captured by a master of the art of photography such as our friend, Dave Sansom"
-- Duane Horton, President, Scenic Land Company/McLemore
“I have worked with Dave at two high-end private clubs... Dave has always impressed me with his professionalism and dedication to taking great photos that other photographers miss. He is timely, accurate and goes above and beyond the call of duty to help us get the shots we need. I highly recommend Dave for golf course and architecture photography. No one out there does it better in my opinion.”
-- Chris Conner, GM, The Floridian
“I find Dave's golf course photography to be of exceptional quality. Further, Dave is as affable and easy to work with as anyone in the industry. For anyone looking for a superlative product, easy working relationship and great value I would highly recommend Dave Sansom Photography.”
-- Jason Straka, Principal, Fry / Straka Global Golf Course Design
"Just reviewed your photos of Indian Wells & you have a new FAN! I’m VERY impressed by how you have told a new story with your lens… Fresh, clean, crisp. Now how to choose!!!"
- Sven Wiedenhaupt -
General Manager, Indian Wells Golf Resort, Indian Wells, California
"I have seen a great deal of Dave's work and I am very familiar with golf course photography. I feel Dave has the talent and feel for this specialized field that is as good as any I have seen. I will recommend Dave to my clients for golf photos as often as possible.”
- Rick Robbins, Golf Course Architect -
"I love looking at your stunning pictures and reading the stories behind them or the project. Your work is fabulous and it takes golf course photography to a new and higher dimension of composition and clarity."
- Michael Hurdzan, Hurdzan Golf -
“Breathtaking and Extraordinary!! Great Work!! Thank you so much.”
- Rob Bartley, Director of Golf Operations, JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa -
“As I look at this sampling, I cannot believe what I see. They are some of the most wonderful images I have ever seen, of any golf course, let alone mine. Then, when you sent the panorama, it brought me to tears. Totally beyond what I ever imagined or hoped for. How can I ever thank you?”
- Terri Worthington, Senior Manager, Marketing & eCommerce, Marriott International -
"Dave has photographed the River Club many times. His work is amazing. Dave is professional, detailed and delivers a fantastic final product. Since the inception of River Club we have hired 4 photographers, Dave has by far provided the best images."
- Pete Baker, Head Golf Professional, The River Club -
"Dave, thank you so much for all your wonderful and beautiful photographs. We are absolutely thrilled with your work. Thank you a million times!."
- Deena Loyola, Communications Coordinator, Utah State Parks -
“Let me apologize for not getting back to you sooner after you sent me the link to your AMAZING photographs you took of Wade Hampton. I am speechless at how well they turned out and how you are able to capture the beauty of this place. Your work is some of the best I have ever seen. And not just of this place. I took the time to browse through your archives and look at other courses you have done and I must admit you have a skill that is second to none. Bravo!!!!!"
- Billy Dearman, Golf Course Superintendent, Wade Hampton Golf Club” -
“Dave goes above and beyond what we have asked him to do and he has provided hundreds of quality images for us to choose from... and choosing has been a real challenge because they are all fantastic. He has an eye for finding new viewpoints of our golf courses and has the ability to capture light that accentuates the beauty contained within each of our courses.”
- Matt Kammeyer, Salt Lake City Golf Division Business Manager -
”Dave, You did an awesome job. There have been several photographers over the years do shoots here and these are by far the best images we have ever had.”
- Sean Cain, PGA Head Golf Professional, The Legends at Chateau Elan -
"I had the pleasure of working with Dave at Rock Creek Golf Club in Fairhope, Ala. ...Dave was able to provide beautiful course photography that truly captured the beauty and uniqueness of our course's hilly terrain. Dave was respectful of our players and crew and produced great results."
- Deborah Geiger, Online Marketing & Public Relations, Honours Golf -
"Wow, these are better than I hoped, you're the man!"
- Terry Wilbanks, Membership Director, The Ledges -
"Not that I'm surprised, but wow, you got some really good shots. Thank you, again!"
- Chad Leonard, General Manager, Rock Creek Golf Club -
"The pictures are AMAZING!!!! You did an awesome job!!!!!!"
- Ches Harris, Director of Golf, Cullman Golf Course -
"I was working on a turnaround at Ironwood Golf Club. I had seen his photographs of Ironwood online and was so impressed I drove 6 hours just to see if the course was as beautiful as his pictures showed. It had been at one time, of course, but had fallen on hard times. Dave spent many hours talking with me and even came down to do a pictorial update on the course. It was actually inspiring to talk with a person who was not only very professional, but was also still in love with what he did after spending the time to master his craft. He has reached the nirvana I think we all wanted when we started on our careers.
Dave has the "eye", so to speak, to see the art in things that others don't. The key is that he can make his camera show you the art.
It is a pleasure to know Dave.I can heartily recommend him to anyone."
- Steve McIntosh, Managing Member, 21st Century Business -