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

Watch this space for the 2022 Stanley Thompson Events and Registration Dates!

Also - join the society and play Oakdale G&CC, host of the 2023 and 2026 RBC Canadian Opens!


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. 2021 events included: 
Whirlpool Golf Course, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, Banff, Alberta
Kawartha Golf and Country Club, Peterborough, Ontario
Ladies' Golf Club of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
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.
Oakdale Golf and Country Club will be hosting the Classic in 2022.  Stay tuned!

Whirlpool Field


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'


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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Banff Springs Hole No. 4 ~ 'Devils Cauldren'

Oakdale to Host RBC Canadian Open

May 19, 2021 —   In 2023 and 2026, the world’s eyes will be on Oakdale.  After an extensive selection process, Oakdale was picked to host the RBC Canadian Open, the country’s most prominent male professional championship. The event will be held on a composite routing from Oakdale’s 27-holes, which were designed by legendary Canadian golf designer Stanley Thompson and Canadian Golf Hall of...

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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

Beach Grove Golf & Country Club

Beach Grove


Founded in 1921 (celebrating 100 years) for its entire history, Beach Grove has been a private members club with a difference. That difference is family—it has always been at the heart of Beach Grove. Today, a Beach Grove membership allows your entire family access to our extensive facilities. Do you or your spouse want to take up golf more frequently? Beach Grove has you covered. Want your kids to join you, or perhaps they’d like to spend time with their friends by the pool? Beach Grove can offer that as well. Interested in joining friends for dinner on our stunning lake front patio? We can do that. What about taking in a concert under the summer evening sky? Beach Grove brings out the band for such occasions. You might have guessed that Beach Grove isn’t like other private clubs. In fact, we’re what other clubs wish they were. 

Golf Club

Kenogamisis Golf Course

The Kenogamisis Golf Club is situated along the picturesque shores of Kenogamisis Lake in Geraldton, Ontario, Canada. Only 270 Km Northeast of Thunder Bay, this community of approximately 1600 people features a golf club with a nine hole layout designed by Stanley Thompson in 1938 and remains virtually unchanged since.
A second nine was added in 2000 designed by Les Furber, but has since been closed as the property has been taken over by Greenstone Gold who is hoping to develop an open pit gold mine in the area

Islington Golf Club



Islington Golf Course was an early assignment for Stanley Thompson. Although there has been minor alteration in the hole sequence over the years, the course plays close to its original design. Regardless of their level of play, golfers find the course challenging yet playable.