Posts Tagged ‘putting green’

Wood burned Turkey

By: purgatorygolf on November 28th, 2013


This is a photograph of a turkey we cooked and then used a wood burner to create the Purgatory Logo on the outside of it prior to serving.Woodburned Turkey Behind the turkey is a backdrop of the 3th hole at Purgatory just after sunrise.

We also did another photo shoot for Instagram. In this image, we have the 3rd hole in the background, a Lego turkey, yes, that’s right it is a turkey made from Legos. I purchased it from, crazy name, but the creator ( is a Lego genius. I lined the chimney of the tiny house with tin foil, and place burning incense in it. I put burning tea lights in the log cabin and the wooden golf cart Mike had in his office.Lego Turkey


Here are some behind the scenes shots, because photographers take pictures of the pictures we’re getting ready to take. Crazy I know, but fun.




Can You Guess the Golf Hole?

By: purgatorygolf on November 11th, 2013

Can you guess the hole?Can you name this famous golf course and hole number?

We’ll tell you on Tuesday at 12:00 Indiana time.


12 Essential Steps to Getting Great Golf Course Photography

By: Tenna Merchent on December 21st, 2012

Your approach shot into the 11th green

Much of getting a quality photograph is in the planning.

  1. The week before your shoot:
    • Contact the golf course and get permission to be there before the crack of dawn.
    • Talk to the Superintendent, this is when the team is out on the course working which can be a conflict for both photographer and maintenance crew.
    • Scout the course. What hole(s) do you want to capture. The golden hour, daybreak is very short, you won’t have time to be messing around trying to find your camera angle.
    • To start with I recommend you pick 1 hole, find the perfect spot, and focus on getting 1 amazing image.
  2. The night before:
    • Charge your camera battery
    • Make sure you have freshly formatted memory cards in your camera, and backups in your camera bag
    • Pick your lens, and make sure it is properly attached and clean. The traditional lens for landscape is a wide angle lens, but I often break the rules. Btw, I never change my lens out on the course, too much of a chance that dust will get on my sensor
    • Select your camera settings so you don’t have to be fooling around with them in the dark. I pick the lowest native ISO my camera offers, aperture priority, F11 (although I shot this at f/22 to get the star effect from the sun), and bracket a minimum of 3 stops.
    • Pack a tiny flash light, or if your phone has one that can work too.
    • Set out water repellant boots because you are going to be walking in wet grass
    • Take kleenex, the cold morning air often makes your nose run.
    • Pack a bottle of water
    • Wear layers, it often starts out cold and gets warmer as the sun rises.
    • Get your tripod ready, and attach the quick release plate to the bottom of your camera or lens.
    • Attach your cable release to your camera. Since it’s day break, you’re going to be shooting in low light part of the time. It may seem obvious, but don’t swing the cable release, or yank on it or jiggle it. You want the camera to be very still.
  3. Be at the course with your gear 45 minutes to 1 hour before sunrise.
  4. Get a golf cart go to your shot location and get set up
  5. If there is trash, such as a plastic bottle in your shot, go pick it up so you don’t have to fix it in post.
  6. Set up your tripod
  7. Use a cable release to prevent camera shake.
  8. Tuck your pants into your boots, I’ve ended up with creepy bugs inside my pants, only made that mistake once!
  9. Take pictures of the putting green. That’s what everybody wants to see.
  10. Try to capture shadows, they show the 3 dimensional aspect of the course.
  11. Get the whole putting green, if you don’t it creates a feeling that something is missing.
  12. Shoot from the time you can see the green with the naked eye, until 45 minutes after sunrise, then stop. Anything after that isn’t going to be your best shot. Remember you are looking for amazing, not cute.

If you’d like to see a more thorough version of this article you can find it Updated Article on Golf Course Photography.

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Flyover of the 3rd Hole

By: Tenna Merchent on October 18th, 2012

My job couldn’t be much easier today. Here is a 23 second video, our shortest to date, but short does not mean it’s not worth while. This brief video will give you an idea of what you will face when you come out to play the third hole at PGC. The only thing that is a little difficult to see from the video is how much undulation there is in the green, and how deep those bunkers are.

As you may know we are writing an iBook, here’s what it says about hole #3:

 If you’re a student of golf course architecture, you may have heard people argue about what is, and what is not a redan style hole. The name and design came from famed architect C.B. McDonald, it’s a par three, bunkered, tilted green, come in at an angle, be able to use the ground game . . . Yes, sort of like this hole. But no doubt, people will argue about the matter.

Anyway, back to your game. It is elevated and slopes to the back with deep bunkers on each side. A ridge runs across the green that can make a long putt difficult. Then to top it off, the green slopes away from the ridge on both the front and the back, yes, in the redan style.

So in plain terms, the green is very elevated and undulating (rolling). The bunker on the right is really tough. The one on the left, not so bad.

The green starts high on the right side and slopes down on the left. Everything funnels down to that left side.

If you want to err anywhere, err short, long is very difficult. It is the easiest par 3, and the one where we have the most hole-in-ones.

Flyover of the 2nd Hole, “Stains of the Inferno”

By: Tenna Merchent on October 16th, 2012

Nothing shows the architecture of a golf hole like a flyover. I absolutely love these. This one is of the second hole, hope you like it as much as we do!

Click here to see the flyover of the 1st hole.


Aerifying the Tees & Greens

By: Tenna Merchent on October 11th, 2012

Every fall we aerify our tees & greens. That means we actually punch holes in the ground to break up the thatch that has built up. This makes it possible for nutrients, water, and air to get to the roots. We then fill these holes with sand. The whole process takes us about 2 days, and then the greens take about 2 weeks to knit up the holes.

It’s essential to the health of the putting green. In this video, Superintendent James Brown takes you through the whole noisy process, from start to finish. I hope you find it as interesting as I did!

Flyover of the First Hole at Purgatory Golf Club

By: Tenna Merchent on October 9th, 2012

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what is a video worth?

We’re so happy to have a fly over of the whole course! We’ll be sharing it with you hole by hole over the next 9 weeks. We love to share our photography, and our “playing the hole” videos, but nothing really captures a golf design quite like a flyover.

So here’s our first one, ta da!

Hope you love it as much as we do.

Click here to see the flyover of the 2nd hole.

Behind the Scenes on the Bucket Truck Photo Shoot

By: Tenna Merchent on June 28th, 2012

In this video are some production shots taken with my iPhone, you can see my camera angle, then the view from the camera, and the final edited shot. I also included some video taken from the bucket truck a.k.a. cherry picker.

The music is the canned music from iPhoto, but I got a message that this video is banned in Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Montenegro, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Serbia, United States, United States Minor Outlying Islands. Well howdy doody, the iPhoto music set off some type of YouTube sentinel, so now I’ve gotten myself banned. Well there is a first time for everything!

Please enjoy our banned media 😉 I feel like such a bad girl

Who’s stupid idea was this?!

By: Tenna Merchent on June 19th, 2012

Looking into the 2nd green

Today’s post was supposed to be a video of a staff member playing one of the holes on the course, but due to internet connectivity issues, I’m lucky I can even load a photo, I am instead sharing this new photo of the 2nd green.

Two weeks ago we rented a bucket truck, better known as a cherry picker. It’s the kind of truck you see by the road working on power lines. The idea was for me to get in this bucket, go up in the air, and get some killer photos of the golf course, you know, the kind you can’t get from the ground. Before I went up, James taught me trucker hand signals because they wouldn’t be able to hear me from so far up. So I climbed in the bucket with all my gear at 5:40 in the morning, and they hoisted me up. I looked around, gulped, and yelled down, “Who’s stupid s___ idea was this?!” Well, of course it was my bright idea. So I stuck it out.

My set up

Here you can see my set up. Yes, believe it or not, I got that shot of two green from way up here with this camera. The production shot you see here is taken with my iPhone.


In this shot looking down 4 fairway you can see the shadow of the bucket truck. We held off the maintenance crew, and closed the course until 9:00 that morning so that I could shoot unhampered. And we went around and shot the whole time. I’m still editing photos.

The funny thing was, we were finally finished at right about 9:00, and I yelled “Guys, I’m ready to come down!” They went to start the engine, and it wouldn’t turn over. I yelled “That’s a bad joke, right?” Well, it wasn’t. It was out of gas. Luckily it only took about 5 minutes for them to get gas and I was down.

I got some amazing shots, ones I couldn’t have gotten from the ground, but I’m in no hurry to do that any time again soon!

Looking down

Playing the 14th Hole with Clay Merchent

By: Tenna Merchent on June 14th, 2012

Today we bring you another frequent players approach to playing one of the holes at Purgatory Golf Club. Junior golfer Clay Merchent discusses his strategy as he warms up on the driving range, and then chips and putts in preparation for his round of golf. We join him on the 14th hole, where he makes it look easy to get a par on this long par 5.

We hope you like our video, and thank you to Jo Jo for being behind the camera on this one!