Shop for your next holiday gift at Stonehouse Publishing, the home of great golf art and the new book, Green Glory
Patrick Drickey has a story from many of the world’s greatest golf courses. Some involve a golf club, but most involve a camera. The tales of his travels sound almost as epic as his photographs look in frames.
He waited through seven days of rain before getting the perfect photo of the iconic seventh hole at Pebble Beach. He raced across Scotland to snap a shot of a magical rainbow over the 17th fairway of the Old Course at St. Andrews. And he somehow skipped a golf ball off a turtle onto the 12th green at Augusta National, home of The Masters. His prayer at Amen Corner was answered.
Drickey’s photographs and Steve Hayes’ business acumen have transformed Stonehouse Publishing Co. from humble 1995 beginnings into an unlikely industry powerhouse. The two high school friends from Nebraska have sold Stonehouse Golf Collection prints of the world’s greatest courses to golfers and clubs everywhere.
Drickey’s last hurrah before retirement was the recent publishing of “GREEN GLORY: A Visual Tribute To The Courses Of The Majors – Golf’s Renowned Venues”, a book that showcases his photos and the paintings of artist Linda Hartough of Harbor Town, S.C. 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. Check out my review here.
Hayes, the Chairman and CEO of Omaha Print, purchased Stonehouse several years ago and continues to push the company in new directions. He recently hired Dan Murphy to follow in Drickey’s footsteps as world-traveling photographer. Customers can now personalize their prints, a great touch for any golfer. I’ve got a personalized print of the 11th hole on the Ailsa Course at Turnberry Resort in Scotland, a hanging reminder of my second career hole-in-one there earlier this summer (see below).
“Having the ability to personalize them, it really makes for a keepsake,” Hayes said. “It’s really got some value to it. It’s not just a picture, but a memory.”
Stonehouse’s print collection is vast, upwards of 1,000 pictures of roughly 400 courses. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be bought framed on unframed. Stonehouse also sells a popular calendar and is exploring other books and ways to monopolize its images. The one common bond throughout the collection is simple. The beauty of the course takes center stage.
“The landscape look, it’s all about the golf course. It is not about the golfer. That is what we always felt,” Hayes said.
Shopping for that unique holiday gift for your golfer? Look to Stonehouse for the perfect present. Visit Stonehousegolf.com for more information about Green Glory or its fantastic prints.
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