Stanley Thompson Society

Celebrating and preserving the legacy of Canada's renowned golf course architect Stanley Thompson!

The Society was founded in 1998 and is committed to education, research, advocacy and providing experiential opportunities. This is made possible through the support of our membership including: individuals, clubs/courses and corporate supporters

Become a part of the society and find out so much more about Stanley, who has been identified as a person of National Significance and his work! In fact Stanley was featured on "this week in Canadian history" on the Parks Canada website in November of 2022: Read the feature here

A classic Stanley design, Oakdale G&CC, is host of the 2023 and 2026 RBC Canadian Opens hosted the 2022 Stanley Thompson Classic. Read all about it here:

SO MANY of the courses that have Stanley's stamp on them are in ScoreGolf's top 100 courses.  To check out the 2022 top 100 courses CLICK HERE

NEW MEMBER BENEFIT

 
The Society introduced a number of new, smaller, member only events called the Stanley Thompson Series. These are fabulous opportunities to play Thompson designs and meet other people committed to Stanley's legacy. 2022 events included: 
St. Thomas Golf & Country Club, St. Thomas, Ontario
Muskoka Lakes Golf and Country Club, Port Carling, Ontario
Waterton Lakes Golf Course, Waterton, Alberta
and the Stanley Thompson Classic held at Oakdale Golf & Country Club, Toronto, Ontario
 
 

Oakdale Field

News

Banff Springs Hole No. 4 ~ 'Devils Cauldren'

Dormie - Autumn 2022

October 14, 2022 —    September 23, 2022  The Stanley Thompson Society issues newsletters several times each year. These are populated with current events, both upcoming and recently past, historical information on Stanley and Stanley's courses and other interesting and relevant news. READ NOW

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Banff Springs Hole No. 4 ~ 'Devils Cauldren'

Dormie - Winter 2021

March 11, 2022 —     The Stanley Thompson Society issues newsletters several times (usually quarterly) each year. These are populated with past tidbits of information from the archives, new stories about Stanley's work and events related to the STS and other golf history.   Read the latest issue To see other back issues and many interesting articles on Stanley, check out the Newsletter Archive...

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Banff Springs Hole No. 4 ~ 'Devils Cauldren'

Thompson's Lakeside Landmark

August 9, 2021 —     Muskoka Lakes in Ontario cottage country kicked off a golden age for Canadian golf course design by Guy Nicholson “Stanley Thompson was a visionary genius right from the beginning. His vision included the wide sweep of Canada as a nation, the use of innovative ideas in design and the advancement of golf-course architecture as a profession. I would...

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Banff Springs Hole No. 4 ~ 'Devils Cauldren'

Dormie - Summer 2021 edition

July 30, 2021 — The Stanley Thompson Society issues newsletters several times (usually quarterly) each year. These are populated with past tidbits of information from the archives, new stories about Stanley's work and events related to the STS and other golf history. Read the latest issue   To see other back issues and many interesting articles on Stanley, check out the Newsletter Archive  ...

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Stanley Thompson

Stanley Thompson and Icons of Canada

Now Available

Dr. Jamie Harris’ latest book focuses on none other than Stanley Thompson and how his fortunes were intricately woven within the development of Canada. Much more than a review of Stanley’s work, this extensively researched publication is introspective and eminently readable! From the foundations of this country and the building of the national railroads to how Stanley’s involvement at Vimy Ridge impacted the rest of his career, it is a pleasure to read. Every golf course architecture fan, Stanley Thompson fan and anyone interested in Canadian history will not want to miss Stanley Thompson and Icons of Canada: A History and a Biography. The publication is available at some Stanley Thompson clubs, as well as through the Stanley Thompson store. 

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Featured Clubs

Oakdale Golf & Country Club

Oakdale photo courtesy of Howie Alter

 

Founded in 1926, Oakdale Golf and Country Club is tucked into the north western corner of Toronto. 27 holes in total, 18 ddesigned by Stanley and 9 designed by his protege, Oakdale is a full country club in every sense of the word. 

St. Thomas Golf & Country Club

St. Thomas photo courtesy of John Morse

St. Thomas Golf and Country Club, founded as the Union Club, is located in the South Western region of Ontario and features great elements of Stanley's style. Founded in 1923 it is one of his early designs and retains many original features. Fore more information 

Waterton Lakes Golf Course

Islington

Waterton Lakes in one of several golf courses designed by Stanley within the National Parks. Waterton offers stunning mountain views and a real Thompson design challenge for golfers. While off the beaten path for most, it is well worth the drive. For a comprehensive history, check out the Winter 2022 Dormie.