As part of its ongoing commitment to celebrating golf’s rich history and elevating excellence in the game in all forms, the USGA has produced The Art of the Golf Course, an exhibition that examines golf through art, challenging viewers to expand their perspective on the game beyond a linear journey from tee to green.
The exhibition, which will be on display at the USGA Golf Museum through August 2020, uses a selection of the Museum’s exceptional fine art collection to showcase diverse artistic interpretations of the golf course.
Although golf course architecture is most often discussed through the lens of designing a playing field, viewers can identify in any golf course the formal elements of line, shape, form, tone, texture, pattern, color and composition found in all works of art.
“Visitors to this exhibition will draw parallels between the choices made by artists and those of golf course architects, whether to create playing interest and challenge, or visual interest and beauty, enhancing their appreciation and understanding of the golf course as a work of art,” said Hilary Cronheim, director of the USGA Golf Museum.
Curated by Rand Jerris, the USGA’s senior managing director of Public Services and former director of the Museum, the exhibition showcases a variety of innovative perspectives through paintings, prints, drawings, photography and sculpture. The exhibition features pieces by those who identify purely as artists, such as the panoramic images by photographer John Yang, bronze sculptures of green complexes by Henry Whiting II, and the energetic drawings of illustrator Franklin Booth, as well as artwork by golf course architects, including a rare watercolor by A.W. Tillinghast and a selection of controversial and fantastical drawings by Desmond Muirhead. Many of the exhibition’s Muirhead sketches, which represent the intersection of architecture, culture and mythology with golf course design, are on public display for the first time, having been donated to the USGA Golf Museum in 2014.