A little look behind the scenes on the biennial Golf Monthly Rules of Golf photoshoot, this year at the wonderful Gleneagles Resort in Perthshire

On Monday April 20th, photographer Kenny Smith, R&A Rules of Golf assistant director, Kevin Barker and GM’s Fergus Bisset and Jeremy Ellwood converged on the PGA Centenary Ryder Cup course at the fabulous Gleneagles Resort for our latest Rules of Golf photoshoot.

First stop, one of the bunkers by the 2nd green

First stop, one of the bunkers by the 2nd green

We started out in a bunker by the 2nd green acting out a number of bunker-related Rules scenarios, among them this ‘falling as you make your way into the bunker’ shot, acted out superbly by Fergus.

Fergus Bisset's dramatic bunker entry

Fergus Bisset’s dramatic bunker entry

We then took advantage of the gorse and many trees on the estate to work through a series of scenarios, some involving wanton rule-breaking on the part of the ‘models’ including this dodgy branch-bending effort from Fergus.

Fergus employs a dodgy branch-bending stance

Fergus employs a dodgy branch-bending stance

Kenny went beyond the call of duty, backing himself selflessly further and further into a gorse bush for one particular shot, while I suffered the indignity of my ball getting stuck in a pine tree 5ft up in the air in another unfortunate ‘out on the course’ incident.

Photographer Kenny Smith goes beyond the call of duty in the gorse

Photographer Kenny Smith goes beyond the call of duty in the gorse

My ball miraculously stays put in a pine tree

My ball miraculously stays put in a pine tree

Later in the day we moved to the 16th hole where so much drama was played out in the Ryder Cup, including Martin Kaymer’s chip-in, which sparked a rare display of out-and-out emotion from the German.

Here we re-enacted Craig Stadler’s famous kneeling on a towel Rules breach before heading on up closer to the green where both water and out of bounds lie in wait.

Use of a towel in such a scenario is not permitted, as Craig Stadler discovered many years ago

Use of a towel in such a scenario is not permitted, as Craig Stadler discovered many years ago

Fergus grappled manfully with an out of bounds post which stood about 18ins tall on the course, but was actually about four and half feet long when we removed it (against the Rules, of course!)

Fergus discovers this OOB post is a tad longer than expected

Fergus discovers this OOB post is a tad longer than expected

Meanwhile, I removed all shades of light or pastel clothing to attempt a possibly unwise recovery from the pond. Inevitably, there were calls for a second take on this shot with a request to generate more of a splash if possible.

The obligatory second take generated much more of a splash

The obligatory second take generated much more of a splash

Look out for these shots and more in the magazine over the course of the next couple of years!