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On the Green

Published: September 9, 2015

Whether you tee off with millions watching or just practice putting into an orange juice tumbler, these golf covers consecrate the bond of anyone who’s ever taken aim at a hole in one.

Golf Trophy – George Brehm
It’s not the size of the trophy that counts, but what you do with it. And from the looks of this winner’s smirk, his silver trinket is going to be the gem of the mantelpiece.

George Brehm June 6, 1925

George Brehm
June 6, 1925


Woman in Sandtrap – Penrhyn Stanlaws
She may have to work on her precision. But after unearthing the fractured remains of her sandtrap shot, this golfer can feel confident in the power behind her drive.

Penrhyn Stanlaws June 9, 1928

Penrhyn Stanlaws
June 9, 1928


Golfer Kept Waiting – John E. Sheridan
Five o’clock means five o’clock! Scrutinizing the ticking hands on his wrist probably isn’t going to deliver his opponents any quicker, but one can still hope.

John E. Sheridan September 12, 1931

John E. Sheridan
September 12, 1931


Portrait of a Lady Golfer – Penrhyn Stanlaws
Becoming one with the green in more ways than one: With gloves on tight and chin held high, this Portrait of a Lady Golfer by Penrhyn Stanlaws inspires the very spirit of the pastime.

Penrhyn Stanlaws April 22, 1933

Penrhyn Stanlaws
April 22, 1933


Gold Driving Range – John Falter
The moon may be out, but you wouldn’t know it from these players determined to improve their swing for tomorrow’s game. It doesn’t hurt that in the dark, no one can see your worst slice.

John Falter July 26, 1952

John Falter
July 26, 1952


This Car Needs Washing – Amos Sewell
Evidently, even some artistically unsubtle smudge craft isn’t enough to get the chores done. All play and no work may keep Jack from getting dull, but it won’t keep his marriage intact.

Amos Sewell October 3, 1953

Amos Sewell
October 3, 1953


Eighteenth Hole – John Falter
Just a blade of grass shy of victory: These weary players on the final hole can study the devastating tally all they want, but it won’t give that ball the nudge it needs.

John Falter August 6, 1955

John Falter
August 6, 1955


No Playing Through – Constantin Alajalov
Anything worth doing is worth doing well, but the conga line of miffed putters waiting to play through might not take that mantra to heart.

Constantin Alajalov August 31, 1957

Constantin Alajalov
August 31, 1957


Distracted Pro Golfer – John Falter
With a championship on the line and every fan’s eye glued to his stroke, this pro is none too pleased with the smoky flirtation going on behind him. If he can’t sink this, there may be cause to call fore over a club instead of a ball.

John Falter July 2, 1960

John Falter
July 2, 1960


Putting Around in the Kitchen – Richard Sargent
Everyone needs a hobby. And this 1960s housewife has discovered hers in those gleaming new clubs, even as her hubby looks on in goggle-eyed bewilderment.

Richard Sargent September 3, 1960

Richard Sargent
September 3, 1960

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  • Charles Neumann

    Great covers. Love John Falter’s work. “No playing through” was funny, but might make some ladies unhappy. Let me say that men can play slow at times too, I know because I have. But I never had so many golfers cooling their heels waiting to play through.

  • Bob McGowan, jr.

    These are all wonderful golf cover selections. ‘Golfer Kept Waiting’ and ‘Portrait of a Lady Golfer’ are two favorites; especially the eye catching latter.

    ‘Eighteenth Hole’ by John Falter is another case of art coming very close to photography.

    ‘No Playing Through’ and ‘Distracted Pro Golfers’ are BOTH by the one and only…Constantin Alajalov.