When you look at a painting of a golf course, it is important to see it as a
golfer sees it and listen to what a great golfer has to say about it. "I am
proud owner of several paintings by Linda Hartough," says golf legend Jack
Nicklaus, one of the greatest golfers in all sport, "and each time I look at
one I see something new. Linda has a true feel for a golf course."
"Whenever you see a Linda Hartough golf course rendering," says renowned golf
course designed Robert Trent Jones, Sr., "you have to resist the urge to grab
club and drop a ball. Linda has the unique ability to capture, in a single
solitary perspective, the very essence of the course itself."
An interesting fate for a person who didn’t grow up sharing her father’s
passion for playing the sport. But Linda Hartough is an artist first and
foremost. She instinctively knew that something as complex and beloved as a
golf course would have to be an exceptional landscape, with an attention to
detail and clarity that surpasses a camera.
Calling upon her experiences at the University of Louisville and the Art
Institute of Chicago, Hartough approaches each work with an understanding but
objective eye. The results have made her one of the popular and prominent
artists in the field. In fact, she is the only artist ever commissioned by
the United States Golf Association and the Championship Committee of the Royal
& Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews to create the official paintings and prints
for the U.S. Open and British Open championships.
A veritable championship tournament of her work was released as Hallowed
Ground: Golf’s Great Places, a book with text by Jaime Diaz, published by The
Greenwich Workshop Press.