St Fran­cis Links, East­ern Cape

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The Jack Nick­laus design in the East­ern Cape.

Golf course pho­tog­ra­pher Grant Leversha stayed a month at St Fran­cis Bay in the East­ern Cape to cap­ture this magnificent im­age of the par-5 sixth hole at St Fran­cis Links, the Jack Nick­laus design which opened nine years ago and has es­tab­lished it­self as one of the top 10 cour­ses in South Africa. Leversha usu­ally spends be­tween 10 and 14 days at a course when do­ing a shoot, but this took a lit­tle longer. St Fran­cis Bay has that ef­fect on vis­i­tors.To cap­ture the sixth hole as he wanted it with a wide-an­gle shot, Leversha stood in the bucket of a cherry-picker 12 me­tres off the ground be­hind the green,“star­ing down the throat of the hole.” He pa­tiently waited for an hour in the evening for the sun to dip be­low the clouds, and at 6.15 on Oc­to­ber 26 he had 20 sec­onds of “crit­i­cal light” to press the but­ton on his cam­era. Leversha was ec­static with the re­sult, de­scrib­ing this par­tic­u­lar im­age as one of the top seven im­ages he has taken in his ca­reer. He used a Phase 1 DF+ cam­era with an IQ280 (80 megapixel) back and Sch­nei­der 28mm lens.

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