Formed in 1912, Summit Golf Club established its Richmond Hill course with the assistance of two eminent golfers of the time, Toronto Golf Club head professional George Cumming and top amateur George S. Lyon.
Seven years later, Stanley Thomson, the finest and most prolific architect of the period, reshaped the layout into the timeless classic that it has matured into.
The city of Toronto may have grown ever closer during the 100 years since The Summit was founded but this 260-acre property in the heart of the Oak Ridges Moraine remains a refuge from the hustle and bustle of an outside world, with no signs of residential development to be found within the course boundaries.
Measuring 6,938 yards from the back tees, the Summit course challenges members and their guests to a game of what might be termed cerebral golf – where accuracy is all important to golfers as they think their way around the layout.
Many of the tee positions are raised – indeed no fewer than 14 of the holes feature changes in elevation – and, unusually, there are a total of six par threes on the property (but only five feature on the scorecard as hole 5a is a spare one-shotter) so you are advised to have your short game in order if accepting an invite to play here.
The layout features lots of elevation changes as you meander through mature tree-lined fairways. Most of the tee-block areas are raised for a better vantage of the hole. The greens are very large and have plenty of subtle breaks so inside knowledge is imperative if you want to putt well here.
One of my favourite holes is the 14th, a visually pleasing downhill par-5 where the fairway snakes like a serpent. Your approach shot needs to avoid the three bunkers that arc around the back and right side of the green and the left and front features a large swale that will funnel missed shots away from the putting surface.
The conditioning here is impeccable. This is another fine example of how Thompson designs have stood the test of time.
An excellent course. I am a member at the Summit. What I love best, is there are no two holes alike, which keeps it interesting as a home course. The new green designs and quality have really helped the course. The hills, the wind and undulating greens make it a very hard round of golf.