Sunday was a long day at the Batam Hills Golf Resort. And not just because taking photos for 10 hours on a very hot day can be surprisingly tiring, but also because it reminded me of all the good times I have had on so many beautiful golf courses. As someone who used to play 4-5 times a week, and who once won a club championship, being a spectator was a little difficult. The fact injuries prevent me from playing anymore did lessen the pain somewhat.
But it was an excellent day. My task was to take photos of participants, many of them customers of my client, PT Mc Len Equipment. As it turned out, however, many of the golfers are also potential clients for me. In fact, just in the process of greeting people who know me, I may have picked up 4-5 future customers. And my presence during the day taking pictures of everyone cannot be a bad marketing opportunity either.
I actually played Batam Hills with this group two years ago. Known as the Batam Social
Golf Society, the group holds a monthly tournament, with proceeds benefiting charity. The mix is mostly Western expats, with a few Indonesians, Singaporeans and ladies. My client’s wife, in fact, turns out to be a pretty good golfer, gathering several of the awards at the evening dinner.
In front of the Egyptian-themed resort, a 30-foot-high banner was held up by a large crane. Other heavy equipment leased by Mc Len stood alongside, costumed out in a “Devil” theme. The field of golfers was the largest the event has ever seen. The goodies bag awaiting each golfer included three golf balls, a handmade leather pouch, logoed coffee mug, golf towel, logoed shirt, umbrella – and the marketing brochure I had created. So everyone in the field received the brochure – can’t ask for any better than that from a marketing standpoint.
Of course, on Batam, when you play golf you play with young female caddies, some quite pretty. So there was one female caddie for each golfer. I had my own chauffeur, Christina, whose job it was to take me wherever on the course I wanted to go. This meant taking me primarily to two holes to shoot group shots and some action.
The day started with me taking posed shots of golfers right after they registered, in front of a large billboard that contained the logos of all of Mc Len’s clients. Two models stood alongside the guests. There were four models and they rotated. This was a great opportunity for me to meet and greet potential clients. Several had questions about my leaving and coming back and what I was doing now.
Unfortunately, my task at the registration area prevented me from taking pictures of the kids’ putting competition, which would have made for some great shots.
After taking shots of the entire field outside in front of the huge banner, everyone headed out to play. I was assigned Christina as my driver and we headed off to the hole-in-one hole, where a Yamaha 150-cc motorbike was parked, the prize for anyone actually making a wonder shot. No one came close while I was there. The tee box was exposed to the sun, however, and while there were lots of clouds, and a thunderstorm threatened in the distance, it was very hot. But once again I had the opportunity to meet and greet.
After about an hour in the sun, Christina took me to the first beer hole. I forgot to mention, in addition to all the gifts received at registration, on the course there were two free beer holes (San Miguel), a beer and soft drink cart, and a food cart that also carried shooters of Sambuca. Many of the guys were feeling pretty good by the time they were halfway around.
At the 1oth, I grabbed a beer and began shooting more group shots on the tee. Nearing 5 p.m., I called it quits for the on-course duty, grabbed a shower in the nicely appointed men’s locker room, changed clothes and went back outside to the dining area. They were just opening up the buffet so I grabbed a small plate of food (noodles, chicken wing, vegetables, turkey) before my work began again. The buffet was quite extensive, with steaks and lamb being grilled, turkey being carved, plenty of fresh fruit, soup, rice, pasta, vegetables, potato.
My next task was to photograph the awards and door prize session. Lots of great prizes given out and many trophies for the golf. The MC, Tim, did a great job.
The photos you see here are just a sampling of the more than 300 shots I took. To show you more would just bore you to death, if I haven’t already. After my long day, I called Edi to pick me up and after the half-hour ride back I was ready for some rest, and slept late today.