Since focusing her skills as a landscape painter to recreate some of the world's most beautiful golf holes, Linda Hartough has become recognized as one of golf's leading artists. So extraordinary and realistic is her attention to detail that her oil paintings seem to come alive with a clarity that surpasses the camera.
Hartough's work has gained international fame. She is the only artist ever commissioned by the United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews to do the annual paintings and prints for the U.S. Open and British Open Championships. She has painted prestigious golf courses from the U.S. to Scotland to Hong Kong. Her paintings are so admired that they have earned a place on two ABC Television Golf Specials on famous golf holes hosted by Jack Nicklaus. Her paintings are in the collections of such famous clubs as Augusta National, Pine Valley and Laurel Valley. Hartough originals are also included in the private collections of Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones and Rees Jones.
As a capstone to her remarkable career, in 2017 Hartough was inducted into the Low Country Golf Hall of Fame.
"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."
“I have two of Linda Hartough's paintings and I love the masterful way she captures the essence of the course. Looking at them makes me wish I were there.”
“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 painter 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
In 1984, Augusta National Golf Club commissioned Hartough to paint the famed 13th hole, thus beginning her golf landscape career. After an enthusiastic response to her work at the 1988 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida, she focused her career entirely on golf landscapes.Shop Augusta National Golf Club