Canadian Amateur

The Canadian Golf Association – later to become the Royal Canadian Golf Association before amalgamating with the Canadian Ladies’ Golf Association in 2005 then later rebranding as Golf Canada – was established with ten founding member clubs present during the Ontario versus Quebec interprovincial matches at Ottawa Golf Club in 1895.

The first edition of The Amateur took place at the same time and this initial match play contest was conducted with only eight entries, resulting in a victory for T.M. Harley of Kingston Golf Club as he overcame A. Simpson of Ottawa Golf Club in the final by a score of 7&5.

Earl Grey Cup - Canadian Amateur trophy

Named after Lord Aberdeen, the man who donated and first awarded the trophy, the Aberdeen Cup was the first silver prize put up for competition and when George Lyon won the championship for the third consecutive year in 1907, he got to keep the trophy. It was replaced the following year with the Earl Grey Cup, donated by Canada’s Governor General at the time, Lord Earl Grey.

The top of this trophy is made from sterling silver, and it’s fashioned into an octagonal bowl which has two lions’ heads for handles, with the names of former winners engraved on its sides. The marble base has four rings of maple which also carry the names of past champions on little silver plaques.

A match play event from the outset, the Canadian Amateur changed to stroke play for the 1969 championship and remained in that format until 1995, when it reverted to match play in honour of the national golf association’s centennial year. Disappointingly for traditionalists, the tournament reverted to stroke play for a second time in 2008 as it has remained that way ever since.

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Canadian Amateur host courses

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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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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Calgary

3rd Alberta - Best in Area 23rd Canada Ranking

Calgary Golf & Country Club was formed way back in 1897, moving to its present location in 1908 when it enlisted Tom Bendelow to lay out the original course.

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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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Capilano

1st British Columbia - Best in Area 7th Canada Ranking 65th 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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Credit Valley

50th Ontario - Best in Area 94th Canada Ranking

Stanley Thompson set out the original six holes at Credit Valley Golf and Country Club but the modern day course is very much a Robbie Robinson design.

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Edmonton

16th Alberta - Best in Area

Edmonton Country Club celebrated its centenary in 1996 by hosting the twenty-fourth edition of the LPGA du Maurier Classic, which Laura Davies won...

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Elmhurst

10th Manitoba - Best in Area

Donald Ross designed the course at Elmhurst Golf & Country Club in 1914 and it’s sited on sandy rolling ground to the northeast of Winnipeg.

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Gallagher's Canyon

23rd British Columbia - Best in Area

Bill Robinson laid out the 18-hole course at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club and it lies within a residential estate next to the gaping expanse of Gallagher's Canyon...

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Canadian Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Gary Slatter PGA Courses Played 34
2 David Harak Courses Played 24
3 Dax Brewster Courses Played 18
4 Dave Finn Courses Played 16
= Ryan Courses Played 16
6 Panther Courses Played 13
= Marty Courses Played 13
8 Joshua Asher Courses Played 11
= Steve Dranfield Courses Played 11
10 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 10