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Can’t comment on the cost to build but there’s certainly a “must go there” factor when photos of holes and courses are posted both herein on the likes of social media etc and a “my course should be conditioned to that standard” (cost) factor too.Atb
20 years ago we complained because Augusta would come on to our TV’s once a year exhibiting “perfect” conditioning. Now it is an everyday occurrence on our phones. What’s the point of paying for hand raked bunkers if not to hide sandpro trails from curious eyes?
I would put the cost incurred by embracing the turf-industrial complex to be slightly less than that of photography. Drone footage being the tie breaker.
As a golf course photographer not mentioned by Alex Miller, I cannot speak to what my impact has on costs in the golf industry.There was a time when LCL was the go-to photographer in the western hemisphere. Jon Cavalier got his start here, then branched out to LinksGems on Instagram. His work was then gobbled up by print magazines. Jon's early work was enhanced tremendously, and I recall the author of this thread calling him out for it. Jon, like all of us, improved. Joe Bausch has done great work for years, and has resisted the siren cry of enhancement. A young, landscape photographer would do well to study his work.I have been hired by a few clubs and courses over the years, and I have my own method for thorough shooting of a course. I don't drone, so all my work is land-based.I do my best to not botox a golf hole, unless I am doing it for art's sake (and I state explicitly that I have Warholed it.) If a photo is awesome, but the coloring is improperly poor (the vagaries of lens/body interaction) I will gently massage it.I am open to any critiques of my work on the @buffalogolfer instagram feed. As photographers, we are grateful for any insight. We certainly don't wish to contribute to the obliteration of golf.
I can't believe the 20%
Proper/creative photography/media of a hole or holes could possibly INCREASE the revenue at a golf course. I am still amazed at so many courses, both public and private, that do not showcase "the golf" but rather weddings and stuff like that on their websites and their social media, assuming they even have it.
I just returned from Bandon, where the scenic values were off the charts. I don't know whether or not photography has driven up costs, but beauty certainly makes a difference in the enjoyability of a round.
Quote from: Richard Hetzel on November 07, 2022, 11:34:15 AMProper/creative photography/media of a hole or holes could possibly INCREASE the revenue at a golf course. I am still amazed at so many courses, both public and private, that do not showcase "the golf" but rather weddings and stuff like that on their websites and their social media, assuming they even have it.To your point, I'm always amazed at how many private club websites I visit where such little photographic attenion is given to the golf course, which should be promoted as the crown jewel.