The Stanley Thompson Classic
On Tuesday, September 24, 128 members and friends of the Stanley Thompson Society, including four Canadian Golf Hall of Fame members and eight Canadian golf architects gathered at Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club for the Stanley Thompson Classic.
Play was opened by two tribute opening shots:
In tribute to Stanley the Hall of Fame member, Cathy Sherk, Marlene Streit, Sandra Post and Gary Cowan hit their first shots together, followed by the eight Canadian golf course architects; Christine Fraser, Doug Carrick, Keith Cutten, Kevin Holmes, Robert Kains, David Moote, Cam Tyers and Steve Vanderploeg in a similar joint tee shot.
Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club was an amazing host of the annual event, providing a true Thompson experience! The club and the staff ensured a fantastic day was had by all attendees! Over 15 member clubs of the society were represented at the event.
The 2020 Stanley Thompson Classic is scheduled to be held at the Oakdale Golf & Country Club on September 21. Oakdale was designed by Thompson in 1926 and retains a true Thompson experience for players.
2020 marks the 100th anniversary of Stanley Thompson’s first solo course design. The society is focused on celebrating the beginning of his Iconic career. Stanley served in the First World War from January 1915 through until the end, returning to Canada in May 1919. At that time he joined his brother Nicol, professional at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, and legendary Canadian golf professional George Cumming is Thompson, Cumming, Thompson Golf Design. Stanley had graduated from the University of Guelph (then called the Ontario Agricultural College) prior to enlisting. During the war he learned many of tactics that eventually influenced his course design, including how to determine trajectory of shots and the use of plasticine to create sculptured three-dimensional models of the terrain. These would become signature skills in his golf course design. He also met with many individuals who would influence his future career (much detail on these fascinating acquaintances can be found in the Stanley Thompson and Icons of Canada publication) as well as took the opportunity to play the courses of Great Britain.
Excerpt from Stanley Thompson and Icons of Canada: Muskoka Lakes G&CC, like Windermere, was built for another group of wealthy Toronto summer cottagers. It is generally regarded as Stanley Thompson’s first solo design. Initial construction was begun in the spring of 1920 by TCT before the first nine holes at nearby Windermere had been completed. Lewis & Thompson finished the first nine at Muskoka Lakes G&CC in June 1921 and the entire 18 holes were opened in the fall of 1922.
At the Annual Meeting the society was pleased to welcome four new board members to the Society; Barbara Bank, Steven Goodman, Ryan Logan and Guy Nicholson join Dr. Jamie Harris, Jeff Mingay, Sandra Post, Steven Young, Ron Gable and Keith Cutten.