Who says that I only photograph birds? Actually, before I got into birding and photographing birds, I leaned toward landscapes, flowers, etc. But one thing that I always loved was the game of golf. San Angelo has one of the most beautiful courses in the area, and that is the San Angelo Country Club.
I was privy to be able to play it a couple of times as a guest of a few friends. I did pretty well. I got around the course without falling into the water hazards. My favorite shot was the explosion shot off of the first tee, and I always tried to keep my putts low.
I really admired the gorgeous landscaping on some of the holes, so I approached Jason Hase, the pro, and got permission to use one of their golf carts and go around and photograph some of them.
Although the entire eighteen holes are things of beauty, six of them really stood out, as they each had some feature that made them more photogenic.
For your enjoyment here those images:
Hole Number 1. This hole has a pond just short right of the green, in the trees. It shouldn’t come into play unless you have a bad slice. I captured this scene from behind the pond, looking towards the green and flag.
Hole number 3. This photo was taken from the right side of the green. I loved the tree in the foreground and the background view of a pond on an adjacent hole. The play on this hole comes from the left as you look at the image.
Hole number 4. For this photo, I was standing behind the green. A nice view of the pond fronting the green.
Hole number 6. This a pretty little par three hole with a pond with a fountain in front. Be sure to use enough club. I photographed this one from behind the tee, trying to put the flowers and shrubs into the foreground.
Hole number 10. Another three-shot hole to begin the back nine. Again you need all carry to reach the green. I photographed it standing on the tee. The blue that you see in the trees way right of the green is the Concho River.
Hole number 15. I love this pretty little par three. It has this gorgeous pond to the left front of the teeing area. It doesn’t come into play, of course, but adds to the beauty of the hole.
Yesterday, Jason contacted me and we arranged for the club to purchase the rights to these image for their new website. I hope to someday to get back there and perhaps photograph the remaining holes.
I hope you enjoyed these photographs. Click on any of them to see beautiful enlargements.
The first two were my favourite with the image being framed by the trees.
Thanks, Jane. Number one is my personal favorite, too.
These are beautiful Bob. I enjoyed looking at the sweeping green landscapes.
Thanks, Alison. I don’t golf much anymore, but I still love the beauty of some of the courses.
Those are beautiful! Know you enjoyed taking the photos and having them on the website is a plus. There just is no end to your amazing talents!! hugs
Thanks very much, Beth. I appreciate your kind words. 🙂
Beautiful shots, Bob! It never occurred to me that someone could only be seen as a bird photographer, but I suspect there might be some bird’s nests around the country club too 😀
Thank you, Helen. I’ll have to check out them ‘birdies’ around the greens there. 🙂
looks like a great course..love the 15th hole..
It’s one of the best around here. Thanks for the comment, Syl.
Bob, looking at your photos made me, and it was only for just a moment, think about dusting off the clubs. But sanity prevailed and I decided to stick with exploring, photographing, and enjoying nature.
I feel the same when I look at the photos. I used to practically live at the golf course. Then, as you said, sanity prevailed and I got really involved again with my photography and birding. I haven’t touched my sticks since 2008.
I miss San Angelo. Beautiful pictures. Were they taken with the 7d mk ll?
Hey, you can always can back. 🙂 Thanks for the compliment. I believe I was using my old 7D at the time. They were taken a couple of years ago.
At a place like SACC, I always carry my Zebco Fishin’ Iron (kinda like a 9 iron…or not). 😀
And maybe wearing your rubber suit??
Duck everybody!!! 🙂
He gets a birdie! 😀