Canadian PGA

The first professional player in Canada was Scotsman Willie Davis, who arrived in April 1881 from Royal Liverpool, where he had been an assistant professional. Royal Montreal engaged him for the playing season at a guaranteed wage of one guinea a week and he would supplement his income through coaching club members by playing with them, charging an appropriate fee for his services.

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By the end of the 1890s, there were around six Canadian club professionals: Tom Smith of Royal Montreal (Davis had long since departed for America); Arthur Smith of Toronto; J. Devine at Royal Ottawa; Davie Richie of Rosedale; John Peacock at Algonquin; and Nicol Thompson (brother of architect Stanley Thompson) in Hamilton.

The face of professional golf was changing dramatically with the influx of men from Britain and the emergence of home grown talent around the country. Ten professionals and seven amateurs took part in the first Canadian Open which was held at the end of the Royal Canadian Golf Association’s Annual Meeting at Royal Montreal on the Dominion Day weekend of 1904.

Seven years later, during the latest edition of the Canadian Open at Royal Ottawa, the professionals got together to discuss ways they could better promote the game, forming the Professional Golfers’ Association of Canada at a meeting on 7th July, 1911. George Cumming, the Scots-born professional at Toronto was elected captain, with Yorkshireman Percy Barrett, the Lambton professional, voted in as vice-captain.

George Cumming had emigrated to Canada aged 21 in March 1900 to take up a position at Toronto Golf Club and over the following fifty years of service to the club he trained dozens of assistant professionals who p...

Canadian PGA host courses

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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Bayview

59th Ontario - Best in Area

Bayview Golf and Country Club lies close to the centre of Toronto and it offers its members a wide range of sporting activities, including swimming, tennis, curling and golf.

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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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Cabot Links

2nd Nova Scotia - Best in Area 3rd Canada Ranking 31st North America Ranking 61st World Ranking

Cabot Links is located just outside the small town of Inverness on the rugged west coast of Cape Breton Island and these fairways, overlooking the Gulf of St Lawrence, comprise Canada’s first genuine links layout.

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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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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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Cherry Hill

39th Ontario - Best in Area 66th Canada Ranking

Cherry Hill Club was established in 1922 when nine founding members from nearby Buffalo acquired a tract of farmland which was then turned over to Walter J Travis for transformation into an 18-hole course.

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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.

Canadian PGA Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Gary Slatter PGA Courses Played 36
2 John Neville Courses Played 24
3 David Harak Courses Played 22
4 Matthew Bryce Courses Played 19
5 Panther Courses Played 18
= Dave Finn Courses Played 18
7 Dax Brewster Courses Played 17
8 Steve Dranfield Courses Played 14
= Marty Courses Played 14
= Geoff Bustin Courses Played 14