Folks to follow for great turf photos

By |  August 25, 2015 0 Comments

Chambers Bay Golf Course during preparations for the 2015 U.S. Open. Photo by Graeme Roberts.

When your job entails checking on social media multiple times everyday you start to see some trends. One I have caught onto are the amount great photos being shot on golf courses and that there are some talented turf professionals/photographers out there. I thought I would share some of my favorites accounts to check out on slower news days (don’t tell my boss).

The Northwest is a beautiful part of the country with golf course views that vary from mountain ranges to ocean waves. As the GCSAA Rep in the Northwest David Phipps gets to visit all parts of this region and has an eye for a good photo, exhibit A see below.

For those Instagram users out there I would highly suggest following Derek Loda, assistant superintendent at Whistling Straits’ Straits Course. I was introduced to Derek while I was at the PGA Championship and I find his social media handle for Twitter and Instagram is one of the most creative, WholeLottaLoda (still feel he missed out on WholeLodaTurf but that’s just one man’s opinion.) Derek’s photos include great shots of the lake-side links style course and who doesn’t love those Scottish blackface sheep.


The divas. #whistlingstraits A photo posted by @wholelottaloda on

John Kaminski, Ph.D., professor and director of Penn State’s 2-year golf turf program, always seems to be on the move. I didn’t realize frequently propellor planes are used until I looked through his photos. On top of visiting a variety of locations, Kaminski has a professional-like ability to see a great photo and take that photo (like he did below during his trip to South Africa.) He has also started to use the relatively new smartphone app Periscope that allows him to share his journey while it is happening.

I met Graeme Roberts, deputy course manager of Camberley Heath Golf Club, Camberley, Surrey, United Kingdom, while reporting at the PGA Championship a few weeks back as well and even wrote about his journey to volunteer at all four major tournaments #shamelessplug. Not only can he maintain turf, this Brit can utilize a camera as he proved from these photo at Chambers Bay.

I say “utilize a camera” because he also used his GoPro to produce this video from preparations at Whistling Straits. Mr. Roberts could be in line for some freelance jobs if he continues this quality of work.

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