Play Stanley Thompson Courses

There is no better way to appreciate the work of Stanley Thompson than to experience his golf courses. The Stanley Thompson Society is committed to providing experiential opportunities to play these gems.  What makes them special?

In the words of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Honoured Member Sandra Post:
“100 years ago, when Stanley Thompson was building golf courses, he had limited machinery when shaping his courses. So, when I play courses like Toronto Ladies’, Thornhill,or Oakdale in Toronto with their natural terrain and with at least one stream going through the course, I get to see how beautiful the land was in the GTA. The same can be said for Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia; St. Thomas, Ontario;, Jasper and Banff, Alberta courses - Stanley Thompson framed each and every hole like masterpieces.”

Click here to see a list of Stanley Thompson Society Member Clubs


Upcoming Events


Whirlpool Golf Course, Niagara Falls, Ontario:

June 30, 2021  ***Changed from May 5******

Join a small group of Stanley Thompson Society members and several special guests, to play this course designed by Stanley in 1949. Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Cathy Sherk will be our guest speaker as you learn about golf in the Niagara region. Whirlpool was first managed by Stanley's older brother Nicol, after retiring from a long and distinguished career at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club. The course is closely tied to the Thompson's through another generation, when Nicol Thompson jr. served as the Superintendent.


Fairmont Banff Spring Golf Course: Banff, Alberta

July 5, 2021

One of Canada's most internationally renown courses, Banff Spring Golf Course will host a group of society members to experience this course that is commonly on the top 100 courses in the world. Director of Golf, and golf historian, Steven Young has agreed to speak with the group about the course. Mark your calendars for this one of a kind event.


Kawartha Golf & Country Club:  Peterborough, Ontario

Date to be confirmed.

The original nine holes of Kawartha Golf & Country Club were designed by Stanley in 1931. The second nine were completed in 1938 and the course retains a significant amount of Thompson character. Stay tuned for more details. 

2021 Stanley Thompson Classic:

Oakdale Golf & Country Club: Toronto, Ontario

The 2021 Thompson Classic at the beautiful Oakdale Golf & Country Club on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021!



2019 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 delighted to announce that the annual Thompson Classic will be held at Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.
Special Guests include Canadian Golf Hall of Fame members; Marlene Stewart Streit, Gary Cowan, Cathy Sherk, Mary Ann Hayward, Lorne Rubenstein and Sandra Post and Golf Course Architects Jeff Mingay, Keith Cutten, Ian Andrew, Cam Tyers, Christine Fraser and Thomas McBroom!
Long Course 12&6 Thornhill.jpgDate:  Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Location: Dundas Valley Golf and Country Club 

Click here for more information and to register

Thompson Passport

One of the goals of the society is to provide members with the opportunity to experience Stanley's designs. Introduced in 2012, many of our generous member clubs have provided access and/or green fee privileges to the members of the society.  For more information on becoming a member please visit our Join Now page.

"... I was treated as a member."

"... each course is a different property but with distinguishable Thompson hallmarks."

"... if I lived in the area I would join."

"...I intend to use my passport next year when I travel out-of-province.

member passThe program is straight forward:

  • every current member of the Society receives a passport. Take a friend to golf with you.
  • the participating clubs are all Stanley Thompson Society Member Clubs
  • members can only play each club once in a year
  • a participating club provides tee times at their discretion; 
  • details about booking, rates and availability are included in the member Passport

Our members have the responsibility of: 

  • following the directions provided in the passport for booking rounds. 
  • paying all club charges
  • adhere to all host club policies and regulations (many of the offers are at facilities that may have a strict dress code and other requirements. Please check the host club website prior to arriving at the course. 


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