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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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Hidden Gem of the Day: Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City

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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 was submitted by GolfWRX member CVC (with a +1 from sabram), and it’s called Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City. Here’s why it was submitted, according to CVC:

“This A.W. Tillinghast design sits on hills in the middle of Swope Park in Kansas City. A municipal course managed by Orion Management Systems, it offers amazing view of the Kansas City skyline, typical Tillinghast guarded greens that reward good shots by funneling the ball toward the hole. Opened in 1935, it features mature trees and elevation changes that make it a pleasure to play.”

According to the Swope Memorial website, prices range from $17 during Twilight hours, to $50 during peak hours on the weekends.

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Today’s Hidden Gem is called Sand Creek Station located in Newton, Kansas, and it was submitted by GolfWRX Member grandslambound. Here’s why the course was submitted…

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Hidden Gem of the Day: Cedar Crest, home of the 1927 PGA Championship

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Today’s hidden gem, submitted by GolfWRX Member Simp, is called Cedar Crest Golf Course in Dallas, Texas. If you’re a golf historian, you may recognize the course (formerly known as Cedar Crest Country Club) as the host of the 1927 PGA Championship. That was back when the PGA Championship was a match play event, and in the 1927 competition, Walter Hagen defeated Joe Turnesa 1up.

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