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

2020 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. 


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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. 


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.


Banff Springs Hole No. 4 ~ 'Devils Cauldren'

New Thompson Design Discovered...

July 16, 2019 —     “During our historical research, we uncovered details and blue prints for the Chapples golf course design that were submitted by renowned architect Stanley Thompson in 1947,” said Pat Berezowski, Supervisor Golf Operations. “At that time, City officials approved the construction of a 9 hole design. This original blue print, according to those who study Stanley Thompson history, is...

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Banff Springs Hole No. 4 ~ 'Devils Cauldren'

Stanley in Saskatchewan

April 12, 2019 — Stanley Thompson’s most famous of his 150 golf courses aren’t located in Saskatchewan but the world-renowned course creator has left his mark on our province. Thompson, who passed away in 1953, has his fingerprints on the Tor Hill Golf Club, Murray Golf Club, Royal Regina Golf Club, and Waskesiu. The Norway, Ontario born Thompson travelled the nation while working on...

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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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Banff Springs Hole No. 4 ~ 'Devils Cauldren'

Golf Atlas - Feature Interview with Dr. James Harris

October 1, 2018 — Dr. Harris comes from the tradition of a golfing family passed on to him by his father who immigrated to Canada from Montrose, Scotland. He first got a degree in history from the University of Saskatchewan, then changed direction and graduated with an MD in 1980. He is currently a family doctor in Prince Albert, SK, an active golfer, and...

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