The new golf book 'GREEN GLORY' by Stonehouse Publishing is a major accomplishment
Simply put, “GREEN GLORY: A Visual Tribute To The Courses Of The Majors – Golf’s Renowned Venues” is the best golf book I’ve reviewed in the past several years.
It’s part history book, part picture book, part golf book, part art gallery. The coffee-table-sized hardcover features 250 pages of signature photographic images and paintings of the golf courses that have hosted a major championship since 1950. The paintings are by artist Linda Hartough of Harbor Town, S.C., and the photographs are credited to photographer Patrick Drickey of Stonehouse Publishing in Omaha, Neb., (which published the book in April).
I love that “Green Glory” gives a written introduction to each of the four majors – The Masters, The U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship – but then lets the pictures mesmerize the reader, showcasing why these major championship courses are revered as temples of the game. Each course profile includes at least one photo, some text and a nice graphic telling who won the major in what year and how much money they took home. Jack Nicklaus, the greatest golfer and major championship winner ever, was wisely selected to write the introduction.
You’ve probably seen Hartough’s work hanging in clubhouses or offices of golf nuts like me. I’ve played roughly 14 of the courses profiled in the book and will check off a few more in two weeks on a trip to Scotland.
The table of contents lends perspective on just how different each major approaches its particular tournament. The Masters, obviously, only visits one course each year, Augusta National. The U.S. Open, run by the United States Golf Association, continues to expand its course options. Erin Hills in Wisconsin and Chambers Bay in Washington state are two public venues that are included in the book since they will host a U.S. Open within the next five years. The British Open rota looks to be set firm at the nine courses chosen by the R&A (although Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland hopes to change that someday). The PGA Championship run by the PGA of America has been the most willing to try new places, visiting 45 different courses since 1951.
The book will always have a timeless quality to it. Just pull it out each year to read about that year’s championship venues. It can serve as a great research tool and tournament guide for any golf fan.
The book is available for purchase at www.stonehousegolf.com and www.hartough.com. The retail price is $75 for an autographed first edition and $55 for the book unsigned. Customers may be able to purchase the book through Amazon.com later this year. Stonehouse Publishing is a proud supporter of The First Tee and is donating a portion of all proceeds to the organization.
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