The 8th at Ballyneal
Limited addition (1 of 30) giclees on canvas hand finished and signed by Josh.
Circa 1979, Ballyneal was simply a vision of a young, local golf enthusiast, Jim O’Neal. Jim recognized the swath of sand dunes just south of Holyoke that the locals call the “chop hills” as being reminiscent of the dunes in faraway Ireland and Scotland where golf was born. The dream of creating an authentic links course stayed on the back burner until older brother Rupert fanned the flames of creation when he brought up the idea of building a course to compliment the family-owned
The two purchased 700 acres of land from a local farmer and in 2002 and hired Tom Doak of Renaissance Golf Design (who had just finished the highly regarded Pacific Dunes course in Bandon, Oregon). Tom and his Renaissance team studied, discovered and refined the routing for two years before construction finally began in earnest on Ballyneal. Letting Mother Nature dictate the flow instead of forcing the flow was paramount in his approach to routing the course.
About Joshua C. F. Smith
In the rarefied field of golf landscape artists, Josh Smith is the next painter to know. His fine works are infused with depth, movement and texture and are uniquely identified by his mastery of perspective through an in-depth knowledge of course creation and natural design. Smith's original oil works expertly depict iconic courses like Pebble Beach, Bandon Dunes and Royal County Down, and they are now available in special limited edition fine art giclée prints and special limited edition lithographs. Explore his work here, and add a new classic to your collection.Learn more about Josh here.