The book, which runs 250 pages, features paintings and photographic images of the courses that have hosted the “Big 4” major tournaments since 1950. The paintings are by Linda Hartough, world renowned golf course landscape artist and photographs are the work of Stonehouse Publishing founder and photographer Patrick Drickey. The cover is the 12th Hole “Golden Bell”, Augusta National Golf Club, from the original painting by Linda Hartough.
The book is a unique look at the courses of the majors. Besides the photographs and paintings, it includes brief histories of the events, as well as details regarding the courses and their preparation. The book will be a valuable addition to any golfer’s library, and a wonderful coffee table piece.
The introduction by Jack Nicklaus and a short tribute to course superintendents by Rees Jones set the right tone. “We wanted to pay tribute to these courses, these masterpieces of nature and design” Drickey said, “and to that end, I think we’ve succeeded.
Both Hartough and Drickey have been honored for their work by the golf industry, with images hanging in clubs and private collections around the world.
All books are signed by Linda Hartough. Free personalization upon request.
“I am the proud owner of several paintings by Linda Hartough, and each time I look at one I see something new. For all its realism, her work goes beyond being photographic. Her paintings always convey a strong sense of place, so that you feel, for example, the charm of St. Andrews or the majesty of Pebble Beach. A Linda Hartough painting makes me want to play.”
“Whenever you see a Linda Hartough golf course rendering, you have to resist the urge to grab a club and drop a ball. Linda has the unique ability to capture, in a single solitary perspective, the very essence of the course itself”
-Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
“Linda is the golf world's premier laureate. There's a tranquility about her paintings that is absolutely beautiful. When you view them, the paintings have the effect of actually putting you there. They're beyond real.”
-Bob Carney, Golf Digest
“I really enjoy painting golf landscape. It is some of the most beautiful and varied landscape in the world combined with a deep, historical sense of tradition that transcends time. The painting is a success when both elements emerge.”
“It's a challenge to make a great painting and still depict a golfer's favorite scene, but my goal is to make any work of art I create transcend the scene depicted. When you look at a golf hole, you have to see what players like about it - how a golfer plays it. Then you have to see it as a lanscape - as a work of fine art.”