ST FRANCIS LINKS
St Francis Links, Eastern Cape
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.