Green Glory Book Review
04 Oct 2013
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

Golf courses, especially those that have held major championships, look beautiful when captured in just the right light, from the perfect angle. If you’re like me, your “golf room” or office probably has more than one large image of a famous course on the wall, whether an original painting, print, or photograph. (If you’re Jack Nicklaus, you’ve got more than one painting by Linda Hartough, the acclaimed artist who began the golf portion of her career at none other than Augusta National.)

I’ve got several golf coffee table books full of large pictures and descriptions of some of the most famous golf courses in the world. But Ms. Hartough’s new book in conjunction with photographer Patrick Drickey, Green Glory, is truly one of a kind in my collection – a unique combination of paintings and photographs from courses that have hosted modern majors.

Two things about this well crafted hard cover book stand out immediately.

First of all are the warm introductions by Jack Nicklaus and Rees Jones. Nicklaus, with his record of playing 154 straight majors, discusses how he prepared to play the course, and not the field, while Jones recognizes the importance of the golf course superintendent in bringing these courses to their peak for major competitions.

The second is the organization of the book and how it captures you to flip through the pages slowly. Spanning the calendar order of the four majors, Green Glory walks you through multiple courses except for one of course, The Masters. For this venerable tournament, each of Ms. Hartough’s paintings is presented on its own page. These wonderful paintings let the mind wander to what it would be like to hit, for example, the tee shot on No. 16 with the tall pines reflecting off the water, a back-left pin, and no grandstands or spectators in sight. The same goes for all of the others – and it would be hard to pick a favorite – they give you a perspective of the hole like you may not have considered. (The green on No. 6 looks particularly daunting when viewing the hole in reverse.)

Moving through the other majors is one piece of eye candy after another. Some of the two- page spreads are mind-blowing. Looking at Shinnecock, the classic Long Island venue and then flipping through the first-time U.S. Open host Chambers Bay of Washington and naysayers might “see” why it’s a USGA venue. (The U.S. Open visits Chambers Bay in 2015.)

I don’t want to take anything away from the course descriptions, which accompany many of these images, because they are really good. You’ll get a history lesson and golf architecture update with each page you turn.

I’ve saved the best thing for last – a portion of the proceeds benefit the First Tee. I highly recommend Green Glory for the young, old, and especially any golfer that sets his calendar around those four key Sunday’s every year.

Green Glory is available at the following locations: Hartough.c om and Ston eHouseGolf.com.

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