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Kauri Cliffs: Beauty in Green

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We arrived in the afternoon to a Kauri Cliffs that was completely hidden in a white fog. The club house looked really nice up close. It was pretty much all we could see. Anything more than 40 meters away and the white fog took over in all directions.

Cameron, the head pro, told us it was unlikely the sun would show up. A lot of the golf players were waiting at the club house and some of them called it a day. This wasn’t our dream scenario, and after a bit of trouble capturing photos at Tara Iti previously, I was far from satisfied with a new bad start caused by bad weather conditions.

(C) Jacob Sjöman. jacob@sjomanart.com

My camera assistant for this trip — and also a writing journalist, Johan — wanted to leave. Everyone at Kauri Cliffs was saying the white fog would surely stay like this all day, as all of the weather forecasts did. I’m sometimes a bit of a grumpy and stubborn photographer, and I don’t like any missed photo opportunities — especially not when we’ve traveled halfway around the world for a shoot. I told Johan that we weren’t going to throw in the towel yet. He might be right, but I explained to him that we needed to stay and see if things cleared up. Johan looked at me as if I was crazy. We joke all the time with each other, but at some point he realized I wasn’t joking.

(C) Jacob Sjöman. jacob@sjomanart.com

Ninety minutes and two delicious burgers later, we suddenly spotted a small ray of sunlight streaming through the white fog. It was a positive sign, but the golf course still wasn’t visible. Twenty minutes later the stunning Kauri Cliffs sailed out in front of our admiring eyes, almost like the Black Pearl in Pirates of The Caribbean… but far more beautiful.

When we’re talking about scenic golf courses, this one is sky high on the ladder. It offers wide panoramic views over the ocean, elevated tee boxes and small, iconic dream islands with perfect beaches. My favorite hole was No. 7, an iconic par-3 placed in a dream landscape. Many more of the Kauri Cliffs holes will leave you speechless. Johan and I loved it.

No. 7 at Kauri Cliffs — (C) Jacob Sjöman. jacob@sjomanart.com

The worst part of the day was that we were forced to leave quickly after finishing our round in order to squeeze in two more photo sessions at Tara Iti before heading down to Cape Kidnappers. More coming soon.

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Since 2010, the tall Swede Jacob Sjöman has established himself as one of the premier golf course photographers in the world. Shooting from the ground, special high tripods, hanging out from helicopters and operating advanced drones, Jacob brings both fresh and amazing results to each project he undertakes. He has captured and left his own creative mark on some of the most recognized tracks around the world including Lofoten Links, Trump International Golf Links and now recently Gary Player's masterpiece in Bulgaria, Thracian Cliffs.

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  1. Craig

    Dec 20, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    thanks for that. Any chance you will be visiting Ocean Dunes and Cape Wickham on King Island, Australia?

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These aren’t the traditional “top-100” golf courses in America, or the ultra-private golf clubs you can’t get onto. These are the hidden gems; they’re accessible to the public, they cost less than $50, but they’re unique, beautiful and fun to play in their own right. We recently asked our GolfWRX Members to help us find these “hidden gems.” We’re treating this as a bucket list of golf courses to play across the country, and the world. If you have a personal favorite hidden gem, submit it here!

Today’s Hidden Gem of the Day was submitted by GolfWRX member runningdog, who takes us to Fresh Pond Golf Course in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The nine-hole track is a Donald Ross design, and runningdog states in his description that, should you visit the course, then you need to walk it.

“It’s where I played my first golf when I picked it up years ago, and every time I’m back I go and play.  It can be a long round, but it’s a great walk (don’t ever ride this course). 9 Hole track that can be played twice.”

According to Fresh Pond Golf Course’s website, 18 holes will set you back $36 during the week and $41 on weekends.

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Hidden Gem of the Day: FarmLinks at Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Alabama

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Hidden Gem of the Day_ FarmLinks at Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Alabama

These aren’t the traditional “top-100” golf courses in America, or the ultra-private golf clubs you can’t get onto. These are the hidden gems; they’re accessible to the public, they cost less than $50, but they’re unique, beautiful and fun to play in their own right. We recently asked our GolfWRX Members to help us find these “hidden gems.” We’re treating this as a bucket list of golf courses to play across the country, and the world. If you have a personal favorite hidden gem, submit it here!

Today’s Hidden Gem of the Day was submitted by GolfWRX member TK3, who takes us to FarmLinks at Pursell Farms in  Sylacauga, Alabama. In TK3’s description of the course, he focuses on the enjoyment of a day out at FarmLinks.

“It is not part of the RTJ Trail, but only about 45 minutes from the Judge, Senator + Legislator Courses.  Fantastic track, one fee all you can play and eat and the staff are great.

FarmLinks started off as a way to promote the Company’s fertilizer business, so you can only imagine the course conditioning.  Played there about a half dozen times and it never fails to impress me over and over again.  Definitely worth the trip.”

According to FarmLinks at Pursell Farms’ website, 18 holes during the week or weekend will set you back $59.

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Hidden Gem of the Day: George Dunne National in Oak Forest, Illinois

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“Really fun tree-lined parkland layout with some interesting holes that cover rolling terrain that you don’t find in many Chicago-area golf courses.  Coming in at 7262 yards and 75.4/142 from the tips, Dunne offers four sets of tees that will provide a good test for most golfers.  The course gets a lot of play, but it’s always in great condition.”

According to George Dunne National’s website, 18 holes during the week will cost in the region of $40, while the rate rises to $75 should you want to play on the weekend.

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