I’ve always enjoyed playing and watching any sport!
I think it’s the challenge of trying to be the very best you can be, always thinking in a positive way, never giving up, enjoying the social side and most important of all being able to participate!
I came to golf in my early 30’s! After too many injuries from footbalL it was time to hang up the boots and move on to a different sport, I was already playing tennis but then I caught a bug!
I was hooked from the very first time I tried to make contact with the ball!
How can such a simple game be so difficult and frustrating but at the same time be so rewarding and pleasurable?
I worked hard at my game and within a few years managed to get down to a respectful 5 handicap!
During this time of development business was also heading in a good direction, my agency won the Callaway Golf Europe advertising account and with my new found passion this was the absolute dream brand to work with.
Things went well for about 5 years but I was looking for a new challenge and in 2002 set up Bandit Design to purely work as a marketing service provider to the Golf industry. Within 3 months I was working back on the Callaway Golf account.
What a great opportunity it was, I got to work with Seve, Phil and all of the other top Callaway Golf players.
But then in 2005 came the biggest break ever!
Working on a joint project with St Andrews Links Trust and CG I took a sample shot of a golf course with the idea of art directing a photographer to capture the shot. I wanted more than blue skies and bright green fairways, I wanted drama. I wanted a shot which would stop golfers in their tracks, which would evoke a need to play that course. Luckily for me St Andrews Links wanted the same thing and so based on the shot I provided for them they had the faith to commission me to shoot all of their courses.
Since then I’ve shoot over 450 courses worldwide. I’ve made many life long friends whilst working with the top brands in the industry We all have a common goal and that’s trying to be the very best you can be!
Jeremy Ellwood, Associate Editor Golf Monthly
“Whenever I commission Kevin for a photoshoot I know I can be 100% confident that the photographs he delivers will go above and beyond what my mind’s eye had imagined. His golf course photography is second to none – captivating, stirring and guranteed to make any reader stop and look. What more could you ask when producing a magazine?”
Ian Bulleid, Director International Sales and Marketing, Troon Golf
“Kevin has been one of our approved photographers for many years. We know we can confidently recommend him to any of our properties because of his flexibility and attention to detail throughout the process which generally ensures great imagery”
Richard Fryer, Acushnet
“Kevin was recommended by a colleague and did not disappoint. Very pro-active and always looking for the best available shots, angles, lighting and backed it up with excellent post-production work. Will be using again in the future.”
Jed Moore, Professional Sports Group
“I have worked with Kevin Murray regularly over the last few years in varying capacities. Whether it be product photography, fashion shoots, golf course photography or PR Stunts, Kevin has executed and delivered images that consistently exceed expectation.”
Leon Harris, Art Director of TMC USA Publishers of Arnold Palmer’s Kingdom Magazine and The Official Open Magazine
“There are a lot of course photographers out there, but for me Kevin Murray is one of the best. He uses the unpredictable nature of the natural elements to his advantage, and produces photographs that truly reflect the beauty of the courses he shoots.”
Henry Lord, Author of Creating Classic: The Golf Courses of Harry Colt
“For golfers familiar with the courses Kevin Murray has photographed, his images will evoke fond memories. For golfers yet to walk their fairways, his striking work offers a unique reflection of their timeless physical beauty. He is a master of his craft.”
Gareth Rees Jones, Marketing Director at The Celtic Manor Resort
“Kevin is a pleasure to work with. His professional and flexibility means that he not only produces photographic images of the highest quality but he also does not complete the project until he is absolutely sure that the client has everything they need. I would highly recommend him to anyone considering commissioning new golf courses photography.”
Stephen Follett, Troon Golf
“I have worked with Kevin for several years on a number of golf course projects and for me he stands out from the rest simply because he is more that a photographer, he is a image creator and always manages to capture that iconic image that makes you want to go and play the course.”
Michael Harris Editor Of Golf Monthly
Kevin Murray has been contributing his images to Golf Monthly since 2006 and he is one of the brand’s greatest assets. He uses his golfer’s eye, allied to the skills he honed as a design director, to give his images an almost art like quality. From St Andrews to Azerbaijan, Kevin has photographed classic and modern courses, wild links and manicured parkland layouts, bringing out the beauty in all of all them. When I see one of Kevin’s stunning photographs I have the same feeling – one of inspiration at the wonderfully diverse nature of the places in which we play our great game.
“We commissioned Kevin a few years ago when we were building a new website, and his images of Reigate Heath GC were breathtakingly good.
We made full use of them on every possible item of the club’s marketing collateral, and when a national magazine asked us for a picture and a few words for one of their Hidden Gems articles, Kevin’s image of the ninth/18th earned us the prime position and most of the double page spread, much to the annoyance of some much better known golf clubs who when they complained about a little nine hole course being given such prominence, were told it was because in the opinion of the magazine’s design studio, their pictures simply didn’t hold a candle to the one Kevin had taken for Reigate Heath. In fact, the same magazine repeated this treatment two years later in a similar feature!
So when we started to build our next website we knew where to go for the photgraphic imagery, and already the first few webpage proofs are demonstrating we made the right decision and that our investment and faith will be repaid for years – a point not lost on our Treasurer who can amortise Kevin’s fee for five to seven years!
The package we’ve comissioned takes care of all our holes and their back nine equivalents, landscape shots of the amazing views from our clubhouse across the North Downs and Reigate Hill, our photogenic staff, the redesigned clubhouse interiors, and so on. Everything we could need, in short.
The great thing with Kevin is the way he sees a golf course so differently from other golfers, yet produces images of holes and scenery that are both familiar and unique. They’re even better than the last set, and he’s captured the very essence of our beautiful heathland course, with the heather in full bloom and the summer colours at their best.
These images are already making us see our course in a whole new way, a way which will be even more attractive to all those thousands of visitors who will be visiting our new website in the future. Kevin’s images will help us blow away the old fashioned notions that a nine hole course isn’t a proper golf course.
And that’s Kevin skill. He paints with a camera, and changes people’s perceptions – on or offline – with the click of a button.”