Linda Hartough Paints The Olympic Club To Commemorate 2012 U.S. Open Championship®

8th Hole Olympic PaintingLinda Hartough, world-renowned golf-landscape artist ( based on Hilton Head Island, S.C., has introduced her new painting, The Olympic Club, 8th Hole, Lake Course, in commemoration of the 2012 U.S. Open Championship. The 112th U.S. Open Championship will be played June 14-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, marking the fifth time the Open has been held at this legendary venue.

This is Hartough's 23rd painting in her U.S. Open series, commissioned by the United States Golf Association. Offered in a limited edition of 850 prints and an additional 85 artist proofs, each is signed and numbered by the artist.

"The Olympic Club is steeped in beauty, and I truly enjoyed painting the eighth hole," said Hartough, whose paintings and prints grace the collections of golf-art lovers the world over. Hartough's painting, a classic and elegant rendering, is of the new eighth hole, which has been sculpted into the amphitheater-like hillside beneath the Lakeside Clubhouse. Through her attention to detail and realistic perspective, Hartough captured the dramatic mood and natural beauty of the landscape. "If you have ever played any of the holes that Linda has painted, you would say to yourself, 'Is that a photograph or a painting?'" said Chris Stein, PGA, Head Golf Professional at The Olympic Club. "The way she captures the terrain, beauty and color is magnificent."

Hartough painted the first of her U.S. Open series in 1990, when Hale Irwin won at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. A confirmed artist since childhood, early in her career Hartough painted landscapes, portraits and horses. In 1984, Augusta National Golf Club commissioned her to paint its famous 13th hole, an event which propelled Hartough toward specialization as a golf-landscape painter. Since then, her work has achieved a distinguished status, displayed in the permanent collections of such legendary clubs as Augusta National, Laurel Valley, Pinehurst and Pine Valley, as well as in the personal collections of such golf notables as Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Known for extraordinary attention to detail in her recreation of some of golf's most beautiful holes, Hartough imbues her paintings with admiration for the scenery's natural beauty and respect for the game's history and tradition, elements which seem to emerge from the canvas.

Hartough is a Founding Trustee of the Academy of Golf Art, a professional society of golf artists established in 2004 to create an awareness and appreciation of golf art as a valuable segment of fine art. For more information, visit


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