THE MASTER OF GOLF ART LINDA HARTOUGH TALKS AUGUSTA

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Linda Hartough is one of the leading golf artists in the world.

HER CAREER started in Chicago, and in the Midwest, she painted barns and views of tall buildings in the Windy City.

But moving to South Carolina created an entire new opportunity for Linda Hartough, especially when some of her early golf artwork caught the eye, of the Augusta National Golf Club. 40 years later they are still working together.

Hartough hasn’t stopped with just Augusta National, or the Masters. She painted U.S. Open venues for 25 years straight, and the British Open “Rota Courses”. Scotland, Ireland, Pebble Beach, the lighthouse at Harbor Town in the Sea Pines, Hartough has made those places famous too. Odds are, if you have seen those paintings or prints hanging at a club or in someone’s home or office, they started with her. You can count The Golden Bear-Jack Nicklaus and architect Rees Jones who have added her work to their collections of golf art. Hartough has been inducted into the Low-Country (South Carolina) Golf Hall of Fame.

Click here to hear the full interview with golf artist and golf landscape specialist Linda Hartough.

Hartough has been to the Masters, during the tournament, before the tournament, she has climbed up in the TV towers to get the right look, and the right picture on film before she takes it back into her studio and puts the image on canvas.

The Augusta National Clubhouse (L) and the bridge that takes players to the green on the Par 3, 12th hole. The hole that helped decide last years Masters.

Linda Hartough originals can be seen and purchased through Hartough.com. You can enter her yearly Masters contest by entering your email to be on her mailing list, and you also need to pick this years winning Masters champion. If you sign up and guess correctly you win a print of the 16th hole at Augusta National.

Do enter quickly before the tournament gets to far underway. While on her site you can visit the other venues of the world, that Hartough has captured and moved to print form.

Hartough’s work makes the perfect holiday gift for yourself, or the golfer in your life. See Hartough.com to learn more.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WCPT AM820 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.