Very few photographers — if any — know TPC Harding Park as well as Ben Peters.
Fans of golf and golf photography alike may know Peters better by his Instagram handle, @thegolfhawk. A Bay Area native and caddie by trade, Peters joined the PGA of America Digital Team on site for the 2020 PGA Championship and put his photography skills on display.
“I was so excited to be out there,” Peters said following the championship. “I don’t think the experience of shooting the PGA Championship will sink in for a while.”
Peters’ passion for the game of golf has extended to the process of his photography. And just like the game of golf, honing his skills behind the camera has taken time and plenty of practice.
“There is so much you can do with a camera these days and I thought it would be easy to be really good… It’s not,” Peters said. “It's very similar to golf in the sense that one day you feel you are really good, then the next day you’re not sure.”
Ultimately, Peters’ love for the game and appreciation for the opportunities he has to photograph amazing courses is what allows him to excel with a camera in his hands.
“I have always said that in the end I just want to be involved," Peters said. "I feel that if I get the opportunity to shoot, I can do something fun and special because I love to do it. One of the reasons I got some unique shots was because I was just so excited to be there.”
From the picturesque views provided by TPC Harding Park to photos of Collin Morikawa’s amazing, championship-clinching drive on No. 16, Peters was there for it all. And we’re sure glad he was.
Check out some of Peters’ work below and be sure to give him a follow on Instagram