Stanley Thompson

Full Name
Stanley Thompson
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Year of Birth
1893
Year of Death
1953 (aged 59)
Place Born
Toronto, Canada
Place Died
Toronto, Canada

Geoffrey Cornish worked with Stanley Thompson: “Thompson, nicknamed ‘The Toronto Terror,’ was one of the more colorful figures in golf design history. Many close to him felt him to be a genius and recognized depth beneath his flamboyance.”

The Thompson family (James and Jeanie and their two children, along with Jeanie’s parents and other members of the McCron family) emigrated from Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland to Canada in 1882. Not long after they arrived in Toronto, the Grand Trunk Railway opened a new freight and repair yard on the east side of the city, offering employment to James. His family soon expanded, with Stanley becoming the seventh of nine surviving children.

The five brothers all caddied at nearby Toronto Golf Club and became above average golfers. Nicol served as the Hamilton professional for almost half a century, Bill and Frank won three Canadian Amateur titles between them, Stanley reached the semi-final of the Ontario Amateur and Matt contested the final of the Manitoba Amateur, eventually becoming a professional player late in life, aged 47.

Stanley studied at Malvern Collegiate Institute before attending Ontario Agricultural College in 1912. Unfortunately, the Great War intervened and he served in Europe with the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a signaller in the 4th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Stanley never had much to say about his career as a soldier but he was mentioned “for gallant and distinguished services in the filed” in a written dispatch on 9th April 1917.

In many ways, becoming a golf course architect immediately after the First World War was the perfect time to enter the profession. Canada’s golf courses numbered around 130 in 1918 but seven years later this was to rise to more than 350 and by 1931 there were nearly 600 in play. Of the estimated 160 courses that Stanley Thompson laid out or remodelled during his lifetime, around 90 were completed dur...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Stanley Thompson

Ashburn (Old)

9th Nova Scotia - Best in Area

Designed by Stanley Thompson, the 18 holes of Ashburn Golf Club’s Old course were fully operational by the end of 1925, three years after the club was formed.

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Banff Springs

2nd Alberta - Best in Area 6th Canada Ranking 59th North America Ranking

We’ve waxed lyrical about the location of Banff Springs Golf Club, but we can assure you that nothing prepares you for the reality, charm and sheer enormity of the setting.

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Bigwin Island

15th Ontario - Best in Area 29th Canada Ranking

The modern day Bigwin Island golf course may only have opened for play in 2002 but its location has a history going back 80 years to 1922...

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Brantford

36th Ontario - Best in Area 62nd Canada Ranking

Brantford Golf & Country Club was established in 1879 so it is the fourth oldest club in North America, it's also one of Canada's toughest courses.

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Capilano

1st British Columbia - Best in Area 7th Canada Ranking 69th North America Ranking

Capilano Golf & Country Club is set most dramatically, protected to the north and east by the mountains of British Columbia. It’s a glorious setting with views across Vancouver Harbour to Mount Baker beyond.

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Carling Lake

28th Quebec - Best in Area

Laid out on the southern shores of Lac Carling, the course at Club de Golf Carling Lake was originally laid out in 1925. Configured with only three par threes and three par fives, the layout measures 6,710 yards from the back markers.

Cataraqui

29th Ontario - Best in Area 52nd Canada Ranking

“Cataraqui” is the original native name for Kingston, the “Limestone City”, where the Cataraqui Golf & Country Club course is located, midway between Toronto and Montreal.

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Chagrin Valley

40th Ohio - Best in Area

Designed by Stanley Thompson in the mid-1920s, the course at Chagrin Valley Country Club is laid out within a 300-acre property on the outskirts of Cleveland, with fairways routed around rather challenging terrain.