T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
Hartough's 'Green Glory' -- a must for any golf library
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 | 10:02 a.m.
If you fancy yourself a collector of great golf books, we have one you absolutely must add to your library, or better yet, your coffee table.
"Green Glory: A Visual Tribute to the Courses of the Majors -- Golf's Renowned Venues" is a beautiful compilation of paintings by Linda Hartough and photographs by Stonehouse Publishing Founder and photographer Patrick Dickey.
Hartough, a landscape painter, has become recognized as one of golf's leading artists. That's no surprise once you see "Green Glory."
The book, which runs 250 breathtaking pages, features paintings and photographic images of the 69 courses that have hosted the game's four major tournaments since 1950. It's broken into four sections: The Masters; The U.S. Open; The Open Championship; and the PGA Championship.
This is so much more than a picture book, folks. It's a magnificent piece of art.
One of the best features of this book is that it isn't just gorgeous painting after gorgeous painting (though we would have been just as content with that). Along with the paintings and photographs, "Green Glory" provides a history of events that have taken place at the featured courses.
Here's a brief excerpt of the portion featuring the Olympic Club, host of the 1955, 1966, 1987, 1998 and 2012 U.S. Opens:
"The prestigious Olympic Club in San Francisco, established in 1860, carries the distinction of being the oldest athletic club in the United States. The club's early bylaws stated its mission was "to strengthen and improve the body by gymnastic exercises," and during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Olympic fielded amateur teams in national and international competitions ranging from boxing to billiards, including many Olympic events.
"Golf, however, didn't become a part of the club's sports roster until 1918, when the organization took over operation of the Lakeside Golf Club, designed by Wilfred Reid. By 1922 more land had been acquired, and the Olympic Club decided to replace the Lakeside course with two 18-hole golf courses, the Lake and the Ocean, designed by Scotsman Willie Watson and constructed by superintendent Sam Whiting..."
The section on Olympic Club also highlights the winners of each of the course's five U.S. Opens, along with the winner's purse from each (in 1955, Jack Fleck collected $6,000 for his win, while 2012 champion Webb Simpson picked up a hefty $1,440,000 for his efforts).
If you're a lover of golf, "Green Glory" is one book you cannot go without.
The book is priced at $55, or $75 if signed by Hartough. You can purchase "Green Glory" here.
To learn more about Hartough and all her brilliant work, click here.
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