Tom McBroom

Full Name
Thomas McBroom
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Year of Birth
1952
Place Born
Toronto, Canada

Writing in The Architects of Golf, the authors commented as follows: “A third-generation golfer who maintained a 5 handicap for years… Tom McBroom worked for veteran architect C. E. ‘Robbie’ Robertson for five years before establishing his own firm in 1978.”

The Toronto-based design firm of Thomas McBroom Associates was formed in the late 1980s, following Tom McBroom’s graduation from the University of Guelph with a Batchelor of Landscape Architecture degree.

McBroom had worked for a short while with Robbie Robinson – who himself had worked previously on two separate occasions with Stanley Thompson between 1929 and 1941, helping on the construction of courses in Canada, the US and Jamaica – before setting up his own design company.

Another well-respected American architect, the former Nicklaus design associate Bob Cupp, became involved in a couple of high profile projects (Beacon Hall in Aurora and the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville) with McBroom at the start of his career and the unqualified success of these courses really set him on his way.

McBroom had more than half a dozen new build projects in Ontario under his belt during the early 1990s before heading outside his home province to design the well-regarded Links at Crowbush Cove layout on Prince Edward Island. Le Géant at Mont-Tremblant in Quebec quickly followed a year after this in 1995.

Into the new millennium and the architect was turning out new designs at the rate of at least two every year. Oviinbyrd in Foots Bay, Ontario (2005), Tobianao in Kamloops, British Columbia (2007) and Memphremagog in Magog, Quebec (2008) were just three of the many fine courses that came off the production line during that period.

Of course, McBroom has also renovated literally dozens of courses down the years, with Hamilton Golf & Country Club, Toronto Golf Club and Mount Bruno Country Club amongst the more illustrious clubs where he has spent time on upgrading assignments...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Tom McBroom

27 Club - Tianjin

26th China Ranking

Formerly home to Tianjin Yangliuqing Golf Club’s two 18-hole courses, 27 Club now comprises three 9-hole circuits, named North, South and West. The layout was designed by architects Beau Welling and Thomas McBroom, with the assistance of 27 Major champions.

Algonquin

1st New Brunswick - Best in Area 88th Canada Ranking

A round of golf at the Algonquin Resort begins with an easy opener then holes 2 to 4 follow the fairways of the original course along the edge of town before turning back toward the Atlantic coast...

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Ambassador

97th Ontario - Best in Area

A modern Tom McBroom design that opened for play in 2005, the 18-hole layout at Ambassador Golf Club hosted several prestigious provincial championships for the Golf Association of Ontario during its first decade of operation.

Beacon Hall

6th Ontario - Best in Area 12th Canada Ranking

Beacon Hall Golf Club is a private, 18-hole course contained within a 265-acre site which is located on the Oak Ridges Moraine, a thirty-minute drive north of Toronto.

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Bell Bay

12th Nova Scotia - Best in Area

The scenic Thomas McBroom-designed course at Bell Bay Golf Club sits outside the lovely village of Baddeck in Cape Breton, offering golfers spectacular views across the shimmering Bras d'Or Lake...

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Camelot

47th Ontario - Best in Area 86th Canada Ranking

Thomas McBroom designed the course at Camelot Golf & Country Club and it’s a layout with a split personality featuring holes in meadowland and then in park-like surroundings.

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Country Hills (Talons)

28th Alberta - Best in Area

The 18-hole Talons course at Country Hills Golf Club is an early 1990s layout which was redesigned by Tom McBroom in 2006, the architect accentuating its links-style character with bent grass and fescues, as well as improving the bunker strategy.

Deer Ridge

44th Ontario - Best in Area 76th Canada Ranking

Deer Ridge Golf Club is a private venue for those who want to fit in a game during the week or steal away to entertain clients without having to worry about booking a tee time.

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Deerhurst (Highlands)

45th Ontario - Best in Area 77th Canada Ranking

The Highlands golf course at the Deerhurst Resort is classically well-balanced with granite outcrops, dramatic elevation changes, exciting elevated tees and dense, mature woodland...

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Donalda

87th Ontario - Best in Area

Opening for play as a 9-hole layout in 1961, the Donalda Club course underwent a 5-year renovation by Tom McBroom in the mid-1990s. The course then closed for a year in 2013 when all eighteen greens were rebuilt to USGA specification.