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David O'Keefe caricatured the big three, and it's kind of refreshing

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

ORLANDO -- There's a big market for golf art out there. Courses, players, defining shots all make for some pretty iconic photographs and paintings. 

But for those sick of the typical majesty of golf, David O'Keefe has you covered. A former editorial illustrator for the Tampa Tribune whose art has also appeared in  Sports IllustratedMad Magazine and The Village Voice, O'Keefe has turned his attention to pop culture -- with a heavy focus on golf.

O'Keefe's style is fairly unique compared to his counterparts in the golf space; he caricatures his subjects -- either in paintings, prints, or sculptures -- and places them in classical, well-known situations. His newest work, "The Big Three," is selling for $2,100.

"Golf has been good to him," Lisa Gearity, who works for O'Keefe, said, "I think because it lends itself so well to the medium."

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Gear & Equipment

Bandon Dunes, the coffee table book

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By John Strege

A coffee table book on Bandon Dunes is no substitute for Bandon Dunes, but it might make a nice supplement for those who already have experienced "golf as it was meant to be," as the subtitle of the book accurately notes.

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the coast of Oregon has produced the coffee table book, entitled, simply, "Bandon Dunes," and it features photographs of each of the 85 holes at the resort, taken by local artist Wood Sabold.

There is a regular edition ($100) and a collector's edition ($500). The latter is signed by the course architects David Kidd (Bandon Dunes), Tom Doak (Pacific Dunes and Old Macdonald), Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (Bandon Trails and Bandon Preserve) and by founder and owner of Bandon Dunes, Mike Keiser. It also comes with five medallions representing each course, five art prints signed by the photographer, a rendering of the first routing plan for "Mackenzie National," which was the original name for Bandon Dunes, and a clamshell case.

The regular edition is available now through Bandon Dunes' website, while the collector's edition is taking pre-orders.

Art prints of any of the photos in the book are available, framed or unframed.

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Gear & Equipment

"Jack's Majors": 18 paintings in one portfolio book

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By John Strege

Tiger Woods' resurgence with the Masters on the horizon again brings Jack Nicklaus' 18 major championship victories into focus, the perfect time to introduce a portfolio of paintings showcasing each of them.

Renowned golf artist Walt Spitzmiller has painted a scene from each of Nicklaus' 18 majors, including the painting shown above, featuring Nicklaus famously hitting a 1-iron that hit the flagstick and stopped six inches from the cup at the 17th hole at Pebble Beach in the final round of the U.S. Open in 1972.

The limited-edition fine art portfolio book, called "Jack's Majors," features 18 giclee art prints, each 18 inches by 24 inches, with accompanying text by Don Wade.

Only 100 editions will be made available, each numbered and signed by Nicklaus and Spitzmiller. Numbers one through 18 will sell for $7,500, with numbers 19 through 100 selling for $5,000.

Email info@jacksmajors.com for information on obtaining one.

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Art of Golf: 'A little sense of whimsy'

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Steve Sunenblick was a lawyer by trade and an aspiring artist, who, unbeknownst to most of those around him, attended the Maine College of Art from 1978 to 1984. "It was sort of the best kept secret in the community," he said. "Not many people knew I was doing it."

He also went away for a month every year to an art colony, the Vermont Studio Center in the foothills of the Green Mountains. "I thought I'd like to transition into doing this (art) full time," he said. "I had the skills, but probably didn't utilize them as much as I'd have liked while working."

Sunenblick, meanwhile, also was an avid golfer, who today has a handicap index of 9.0 at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth, Maine. He also plays at the Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. "I've been playing in the same foursomes for the better part of 20 years," he said.

Eventually, he made the transition to full-time artist and combined his passions, painting and golf, into a business, the Art of Golf, featuring "modern art for the golf enthusiast." Shown above is "Swing Elegance #1" from his newest collection.

His pieces, he said, "primariily came from the camaraderie of the guys I play with, all the laughing and jousting about and having a grand old good time. Of course, I also spend a lot of time on the range. I have a collection of buddies, fellow range rats, giving each other tips and pointers. Most of the paintings I think have a little sense of whimsy and humor. "

Sunenblick maintains studios in Portland, Maine, and San Miguel, Mexico, north of Mexico City, the latter a winter destination, where he plays a Nick Faldo-designed course, Ventanas San Miguel Golf and Resort.

Giclee prints of his work are available for $150.

-- John Strege

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Golf art: Hartough's latest is 10th at Congressional

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Artist Linda Hartough, renowned for her paintings of golf course landscapes, is out with her latest, the 22nd in her U.S. Open series commissioned by the USGA. It features the par-3 10th hole on the Blue Course at Congressional Country Club, site of the U.S. Open next month.

The relatively new 10th hole is on the site of the old 18th hole, though the locations of the tee and green have been reversed.

The original painting is available for $67,000. A limited edition of 850 prints and 85 artist proofs, signed and numbered, will be available, too. 

The prints will be available through her website, Hartough.com.

-- John Strege

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