Tuesday 27 September 2011

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

This week's European Tour event is at St. Andrews, Scotland, 'The home of Golf'. 

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is played over St.Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie.

The Swilken Bridge at St Andrews
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Saturday 24 September 2011

Waiting game at Windsor

Windsor Golf and Country Club on the outskirts of Nairobi was my next visit. The first glimpse of the course from the clubhouse is impressive with a grand view of the 9th and 18th holes surrounded by water.
I wanted to get out on course immediately but the skies were filled with rainclouds and it was raining. I had to be patient. 4 hours went by and soon it got dark. I was driven back to my hotel, I arranged a 5.30am. pick up so that I could see the dawn break over the course. It was worth the wait...........

Dawn over 9th green and 18th green

Hotel rooms overlook the 9th and 18th greens

A family of Egyptian geese followed me onto the 8th green

2nd fairway

bestbacknine: Lessons at Limuru

bestbacknine: Lessons at Limuru: 3rd Hole, Limuru Country Club Professional James Ngige teaching youngsters Schoolgirls in action Schoolchildren run to collec...

Lessons at Limuru

3rd Hole, Limuru Country Club

Professional James Ngige teaching youngsters

Schoolgirls in action

Schoolchildren run to collect range balls

Tigoni's local shops
I arrived at Limuru Country Club during the afternoon. Its quite an impressive layout really, 7000ft above sea level amongst the tea plantations at Tigoni. I was greeted by the resident Pro James Ngige who escorted me round the course prior to his weekly group lessons with some local schoolchildren. I was witnessing the efforts of the R and A with their global policy to encourage golf at 'roots' level for the future advancement of the game.

Friday 23 September 2011

Verdant Vipingo

9th green at dawn

9th green looking towards Indian Ocean
The Baobab Course at Vipingo Ridge is certainly a spectacular one both visually and technically. Designed by David Jones, he has created a championship golf course with stunning views of the Indian Ocean to the east and a game conservation area to the west.

Mombasa bound

A pretty exciting project.......................... A commission to photograph courses on the Kenya coastline. My clients flew me to Nairobi from Heathrow and and then by internal transfer via Wilson Airport to Ukunda which is basically Mombasa South Coast.

Leisure Lodge's proximity to the Indian Ocean
Some inquisitive onlookers
15th hole at sunrise

My first project was Leisure Lodge Resort. I had been there before some 15 years earlier on vacation and was eager to see what changes if any had been made to the hotel and course. The sunrise let me down a little bit as the sun hid behind huge clouds. There were some interesting spectators early in the morning and I later flew in a small plane to get some aerials to show the proximity to the beach.

Sunrise at Sigona

My driver, Anderson picked me up at the Muthaiga Club in Nairobi at 5.30 am and drove us out to Sigona Golf Club on the Limuru Road. As we climbed out of Nairobi and arrived at Kikuyu, the view over the city was very special as dawn broke and a huge pink glow was dispersed between the thin layer of cloud. I was excited by the fact that within a few minutes I would be heading out on the course to capture the sun's first rays on 7th hole.