Thompson was well known for his detailed modelling of greens. Here, a master architect is also the master painter.
- The brothers were mentored by George Cumming, long-time professional at The Toronto Golf Club where they were caddies.
- Nicol and George became partners in an architectural firm.
- On his return from the War, Stanley joined Nicol and George in their architectural business, 1920.
- His first solo design was Muskoka Lakes G&CC.
- Although busy as architects, Nicol (professional at the Hamilton G&CC) and George returned to their full-time golf professional jobs.
- In 1922, Stanley struck out on his own - Stanley Thompson & Co. Limited.
- By the time the decade was out, he had completed many courses including these gems - Jasper Park, Banff Springs, St. George’s.
- Despite the Depression, he had built one of the best architectural firms on the continent.
- He hired young college graduates including Howard Watson, Robbie Robinson, Robert Trent Jones and, later, Geoffrey Cornish.
- His firm, billed as landscape architects and engineers, employed experts in plant pathology, agronomy, soil chemistry, a tree surgeon and a town planner.
- In 1932, he took Jones in as a partner.
- Throughout the 1920s and 30s his work continued across the country, the United States, the Caribbean and South America.
- Although never as busy as had had been prior to the Depression, his work continued in the 1940s and early 50s.
- He had built or constructed more than 145 courses.
- Stanley Thompson died of a brain aneurysm, January 3, 1953.
- He had been staying at the Royal York Hotel making ready for a trip to South America.
- Despite having made (and lost) a number of fortunes, the master architect died penniless.
- In 2005, the federal government named him ‘a person of national historic significance.’
- Induction to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame
- Induction to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
Note: The further reading section provides more detail about his family and career. There is also a Foreword to Jim Barclay’s book, The Toronto Terror, by Geoffrey Cornish, which captures the life and character of Stanley Thompson. It is worth reading.