KLM Open

Photo report of The Dutch's greenkeepers during two years of the KLM Open tournament. Making visible the invisible ground crew.

During 2016 and 2017 the golf tournament KLM Open was hosted by golf club The Dutch. It is one of the oldest golf tournaments in Europe With more than 50,000 visitors during four days it is a huge event. I had the opportunity to capture what none of those people had seen: the work of greenkeepers.

A photo reportage commissioned by golf course The Dutch during eight tournament days during the 97th and 98th edition of the KLM Open. If you want to see more photos, check out my photography page photo.studiofelt.nl

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When you do not see them, they have done their job well: greenkeepers. As usual during an open, the permanent team of staff is reinforced with greenkeepers who volunteer during a tournament. During the event, more than 10 nationalities of volunteers worked together. This photo reportage documents of all their hard work on the course in the early mornings.


The challenge that this project proposed was mainly that there was a lot of ground to cover. At 5 o’clock in the morning 50 men disappear into the golf course in just a few minutes. My task: capture all volunteers while performing their duties. The surface of the terrain and the light circumstances require a lot of preparation and planning beforehand to make sure that everybody will be photographed with the most interesting lighting.

Golfcourse The Dutch

The course is build according to the highest European standards and is therefore the leader in terms of quality, durability and play-ability in the Netherlands. With a golf cart I made my way around the course, searching for greenkeepers which where constantly on the move.

Challenge: speed

Greenkeepers do their work with precision that requires attention. During some activities it is difficult not to disturb them while capturing the moment. When that moment is over, they are already on their way to the next spot on their list. So there is little time to choose a good position.

Challenge: lighting

Shooting in early morning proved to be a challenge, due to how low and bright morning light was. The impact of changing camera position was therefore big: when framing against the sun all subjects are suddenly exposed differently.

A panorama that consist of a grid of multiple images that are stitched together.

A high dynamic range image that consists of multiple layers of images that were taken with different exposures.