“God made it – we just mow the grass”. A catchphrase from a golf course featured within, this statement underscores my focus on how God has provided me, as a photographer, with a wonderful, ever-changing canvas from which to capture his creation.
The diversity of beautiful subject matter – from the tropical climes of Far North Queensland to the mountain range backdrops of Queenstown, New Zealand has reaffirmed my belief in a God who has created all.Furthermore these photographs showcase the extreme variety of golf courses in this wonderful part of the world known as “Down Under”.
The planning for Great Golf Down Under 2 started as soon as the first edition rolled off the printing presses 18 months ago. Whilst not feeling as daunted as during my first time publishing project, I nevertheless wondered, “do golfers enjoy photographs of golf courses?”
The popularity of the first edition (and people asking me when the second edition was to be released), has led me to conclude yes! So thanks to you, my “readers” for enjoying Great Golf Down Under enough to want to get your hands on this second edition. If this is your first chance to look at Great Golf Down Under thank you for your support.
My sincere thanks go to Andrew Cunningham of Studio Pazzo, who diplomatically addressed all of my (sometimes crazy) ideas and pulled them together into a seamless product. In addition to the design work for Great Golf Down Under (editions 1 and 2), Andy’s name appears in the credits for design and layout for the majority of the Melbourne-creation golf publications over the past dozen years. I cannot stress enough the importance of Andy as a partner in this project.
Rod, Mike and the rest of the team at Splitting Image, a colour management firm, expertly carried out their work, enabling the images to be represented just as I envisaged them when photographing the courses. The images contained within have been taken over the last decade. However, in the 18 months since the release of the original edition I have had the chance to revisit many of the courses I had previously photographed.
What has excited me in this regard has been the changing look and feel of many of the golf courses. I am excited that the series of Great Golf Down Under books helps to provide an historical snapshot of how courses change.
Creating these books would have been impossible without the strong support of each golf club and in particular the general managers, secretaries/managers and golf professionals who took pride in allowing me to capture their golf courses at their finest. Their ongoing support of this project has been most welcome. A collective thank you, therefore, to all golf club personnel.
I would also like to acknowledge Michael Clayton, a highly-regarded Australian golf course architect and former tour player. His restoration and design work at many Australian courses featured inside has indelibly left its mark on the Australian golfing scene. Michael’s insightful foreword demonstrates his great knowledge and feel for the game.
My loving and supporting family, also known as my “photographic support team”, have made this journey even more pleasurable. I would like to acknowledge my wife and best friend Maureen, for her constant support, companionship and God-given wisdom. The battle of our three beautiful daughters Alex, Dani and Grace, as to who will accompany me on my motorized cart still brings much amusement.
Your company, whether first thing in the morning in sub-zero temperatures or as the sun set over the horizon, makes the task at hand so much more enjoyable. Whilst this book contains photographic memories of golf courses I encourage my family to try to remember our own favourite moments: was it the luxury of staying in the dunetop villa at Barnbougle (with your own personal TV and bathroom); riding the Shotover Jet in Queenstown, New Zealand; or having to “waste” our school holidays in Port Douglas by returning there when our first assignment got washed out?
These opportunities were priceless and I feel particularly blessed to have been able to take you with me wherever I go. You help inspire me to take these photos and I love you all so much.
To my “readers”: I encourage you to enjoy this publication: to argue amongst yourselves which is your favourite image; to day-dream about playing these courses and to leaf through the pages in no particular order. Golf is a wonderful pastime and I hope these images reaffirm your love of the game. Enjoy!