I never knew that golf was such a world-wide sport until Robin Moyer started working with Nelson and Haworth, a well-respected golf course design company.
Robin has photographed courses on the continents of Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.
Before he's finished, I've no doubt that he'll cover South America and Africa, too. But not Antarctica. Of course.
I don't know why I was surprised about golf's global appeal
. It's a sport that can be played well into one's middle age and beyond, unlike a lot of other sports.
In fact, once I began to realize that my knees weren't going to hold up well either on the ski slopes or the tennis courts, I considered taking up the game. But the fly-fishing bug bit me first, and I basically lost interest in engaging in any other sport.
Robin has photographed LOADS of courses, but this one is particularly interesting to me.
This Southwoods course in The Philippines, is designated as a
Fully Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
Which basically means that the course jumped through hoops to make sure that, a few years ago, it installed and now continues to maintain high environmental quality in areas like irrigation systems, pesticide reduction, wildlife habitats, waste water recycling and community awareness. Pretty great all the way around.
After you look at the images below, I think you'll agree with me. Southwoods looks like a great place to spend an afternoon, even without a golf club.
By the way, if you are thinking of conducting any business (like hiring Robin to shoot for you) in Asia in the next few weeks, here's a tip
To see these photos in a larger size, click here.
Over 1,000 egrets (see big white bird in the water above) live in this environment. So what happens if your golf ball hits one of them? No, it doesn't count as a birdie, but you should let the clubhouse know that one of these beautiful birds has been hit. And then you play the ball from where it landed.
A word of caution, though. If the ball lands in the mouth of a Monitor Lizard, I don't care what the rule book says. Forget the $5 you spent on the ball and just go (quietly) on to the next hole.
: Chinese New Year and other Lunar New Year holidays are right around the corner. In other words, it's going to be hard to find anyone in the office in the following countries and on the following dates:
In China, Feb. 8-13
In Hong Kong Feb. 8-10
In Singapore Feb. 8-9
In Thailand mostly business as usual, but Feb. 8 in some areas
In Malaysia Feb. 8-9
In Indonesia Feb. 8
In Korea Feb. 8-10
In Japan business as usual