Art and Architecture
Paintings by Josh Smith

Pacific Dunes

Eleventh at Pacific Dunes

GolfClubAtlas.comproudly presents thepaintings of Josh Smith, who has worked on almost twenty golf courses, most while under construction.

He grew up loving golf and playing at a high level near Portland, OR. After graduating with a business degree from St. Marys College in California, Josh then decided he wanted to be involved somehow with golf course design. He worked as a golf course construction superintendent for six years after graduaton. Since then he has pitched in to help restore the Meadow Club with Mike DeVries and the San Francisco Golf Club with Jim Urbina/Tom Doak.

More recently Josh has exercised his passion for golf though his golf landscape oil paintings. Within only a few years of beginning painting, his stature has grown quickly. His work is available at Bandon Dunes, San Francisco Golf Club, and Pebble Beach.

He currently works as an assistant greenskeeper at The California Golf Club (MacKenzie re-design in 1927) and lives above the pro shop where he oil paints evenings and weekends.

Here are some testimonials regarding Josh’s work:

Ben Crenshaw... “As we have told you, we are great admirers of your work. Your paintings are beautiful, and I must say they appeal to Bill and me from the aspect that there is a good deal of impressionism so admirably painted by you.”

Bill Coore…  “For several years I have admired your work and considered you to be among the elite golf course artists in the world.  Having seen several of your most recent paintings, I could make the argument that you are the best in the profession.  Your technique and style bring to canvas the life, vibrancy and realism of the landscapes you paint.  I also appreciate that your work presents golf hole from the golfer’s perspective.  The holes you paint are actually recognizable to a golfer fortunate enough to have played them !  I was very pleased to see Ron Whitten’s recent article on you in GOLF WORLD and am happy to see your talent being recognized by the golfing community.”

Tom Doak…  “Josh, your painting is out being framed and since our new office is nearly finished it will finally have a deserving home… I would not hesitate to recommend you to our other clients when they express interest in artwork. ”


Sixteenth at Cabot Links

Twelfth at Ballyneal

Twelfth at Ballyneal


National Golf Links of America

Punchbowl at NGLA

Twelfth at Pacific Dunes

Tenth at Pacific Dunes


Arrowhead Point at Pebble Beach (Holes 6&7)

San Francisco

Cal Club Study

R&A at St. Andrews

R&A at St. Andrews


Sixteenth at Cypress Point

First at Bandon Trails

First at Bandon Trails

Across the River to Waverley C.C.

Across the River to Waverley C.C.


Pebble Beach 7 – Pebble Beach’s seventh hole dressed in H. Chandler Egan’s “imitation sand dunes” look circa 1929.


Ballyneal 7 – A tempting and shortish par four very closely trapped with unique “capital E” shaped green.


Bandon Trails 3 – Strong natural aesthetic found at Bandon Trails third hole transitioning out of the dunes.


Cypress Point 9 – Cypress Point’s ninth as it appeared circa 1927 is perhaps one of the worlds most minimalistic holes ever layed out.


Harding Park 18 – Commanding mature Cypress trees dominate the green setting of the eighteenth hole at Harding Park as viewed from behind where it edges its way along the Lake Merced shoreline.


Myopia Hunt Club 9 – The timeless, raw and demanding short hole ninth at Myopia Hunt Club, site of 4 U.S. Opens around the turn of the century.


Pacific Dunes 13 – The green at thirteen balances between a huge exposed sand dune and a sheer cliff which falls down to the beach, a gorgeous meeting of land and sea with the alluring sheep ranch fading in the distance.


Sand Hills 4 – Drama grows as you extend closer to the green at Sand Hills par four fourth hole, missing this green left is a journey you won’t soon forget.


SFGC 18 – The home hole at SFGC is beautifully bunkered leaving a strong impression on you as you wind down your round, from this higher viewpoint the Pacific Ocean is visible above the clubhouse.


Ballyneal 10 – An evening look out across the first two holes on the very inviting inward nine.

For information on commissioning Josh Smith to paint a specific hole for you or your club, please contact him directly at 650.444.1899, or via email  or through his web site  Limited edition giclees are also available for some of the paintings featured above. Final edition prints can be retouched with oil, are signed and numbered, printed on canvas and can be stretched on wood.