Strike a pose: Jason Scott Deegan's 2014 golf photos of the year

A theme became apparent as I dug through my best golf photos from 2014: This was the year of ocean golf. I started and ended the year on Hawaii's Big Island, playing spectacular oceanfront holes at Mauna Kea, Mauna Lani Resort's South Course and Kohanaiki each time. Trips to California, Oahu's Turtle Bay Resort and Punta Mita and Los Cabos in Mexico also showcased the Pacific Ocean.

Three visits to the Caribbean -- Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico -- and a stay along Mexico's Riviera Maya revealed more stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. I walked hand in hand with the Atlantic Ocean at three of the most revered courses in Ireland under sunny skies in June, including the Old Course at Ballybunion, Waterville Golf Links and Old Head Golf Links.

To be fair, I photographed some great inland courses, too: Bethpage Black, Seven Canyons, Cascata and Shadow Creek near Las Vegas, the unheralded Rochelle Ranch in Wyoming, Barona Creek and the Journey at Pechanga in southern California and more.

The point of these photos aren't to brag where I've been. They're to motivate you to get out and play in 2015.

Dec 23, 2014

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Jason Scott Deegan

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Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.