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



Banff Springs Hole No. 4 ~ 'Devils Cauldren'

Stanley to receive John B. Steel Award

February 25, 2021 —     CGSA Announces Stanley Thompson as the CGSA John B. Steel Distinguished Service Award Recipient for 2020 "Stanley Thompson is Canada's most celebrated golf course architect. But his first, formal training came in plant sciences and the upkeep of golf courses at the University of Guelph. Throughout his entire career, Thompson's design company also offered agronomic consulting services. He...

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Banff Springs Hole No. 4 ~ 'Devils Cauldren'


December 31, 2020 —   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'

Book Review: Stanley Thompson & Icons of Canada

November 24, 2018 — While on vacation in early August, I received an email from Karen Hewson, executive director for the Stanley Thompson Society, who told me about a new book on the life and times of the society’s namesake. Stanley Thompson and Icons of Canada by Dr. James Harris had just been made available and Hewson asked if she could send me a...

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2021 Thompson Classic

The Thompson Golf Classic is held annually at a golf course designed by Stanley Thompson. It is an opportunity to spend a day with other Society members (and their guests) and to experience firsthand the challenge, excitement and classic design elements of a Thompson layout.
The Stanley Thompson Society is currently working with Oakdale Golf and Country Club with the plan to host the Classic on Monday, Sept 20, 2021. Stay tuned!
And check out the Stanley Thompson Series: 
A number of new, smaller, member only events are scheduled for 2021 at Stanley Thompson Courses:
Whirlpool Golf Course, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, Banff, Alberta
Kawartha Golf and Country Club, Peterborough, Ontario

Dundas Valley



Membership promotes the value of recognising and preserving Thompson design principles as well as offering tangible benefits. 


  • Access to the Stanley Thompson Series (available only to members of the Society)
  • The Annual Thompson Passport:
    • Features on each member club
    • Opportunities to play Thompson courses
  • Member Only Rate at the Thompson Classic Golf Tournament
  • Discounts and exclusive access to Stanley Thompson publications

Member Passport

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. 


Featured Clubs

Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club

Dundas Valley

Celebrating 90 YEARS!

Golf Club

Kenogamisis Golf Course

A new member club of the Stanley Thompson Society, the Kenogamisis Golf Club is situated along the picturesque shores of Kenogamisis Lake in Geraldton, Ontario, Canada.  Geraldton is located within the Municipality of Greenstone only 270 kilometres Northeast of Thunder Bay.  This community features a golf club with a rare blend of 18 holes designed by both Stanley Thompson and Les Furber.  The Front Nine (Thompson Course) was built in 1938, while the additional Back Nine (Furber Course) was added in 2000.

Golf Course

Waskesui Golf Course

The Lobstick Golf Course was built in 1935.

According to native legend, the tassle-top lobstick tree, created by lopping off a series of branches below the top, was used as a navigational marker.

The practice continued with fur traders, early settlers, timber cruisers and prospectors in the area. In modern times the lobstick tree serves as a reminder of the area's rich historical past, and marks the beginning of a course rich in golfing adventure and tradition.