Stanley Thompson 
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The Stanley Thompson Society was founded in 1998 to research, record, and publicize the life and works of Canada's Stanley Thompson (1893-1953). Thompson was one of the world's leading golf course architects. His main work spanned the 1920s to the early 1950s.

The Society’s aims are:

- To research, record and report facts about his life and the courses he designed, remodeled, or constructed, in whole or in part.
- To be a reliable source of information on his life and works.
- To collect and archive his working drawings, papers, and correspondence.
- To encourage clubs with Stanley Thompson courses to preserve them as he designed them.
- To publish a quarterly newsletter called Dormie.
- To hold an annual Stanley Thompson Society golf tournament on a Stanley Thompson golf course.

Thompson’s Work
He designed, remodeled or constructed some 145 courses in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and South America. Along with Donald Ross and Robert Trent Jones, in 1948, he founded the prestigious American Society of Golf Course Architects. At one time noted architects Robert Trent Jones, Howard Watson, Geoff Cornish, Robbie Robinson and Bob Moote worked for Stanley Thompson.

Learn more about the life, times and career of one of the world’s pre-eminent golf course architects - Stanley Thompson, a native Canadian.
Recognition of his accomplishments is growing and his courses are still among the top courses in Canada with 17 in the top 100. St. George’s, Highlands Links and Capilano were rated 1, 2 and 3.
Recognition as a Thompson course will help attract new members. Member clubs can be provided with material for their publications.
Access to Technical Guides prepared by the Society to assist member clubs in restoring and preserving his design features. Guides include articles about design principles, modern environmental regulations, long-range planning, bunker and green reconstruction, turf restoration, etc.
Receipt of a quarterly newsletter providing technical and informative articles; and in each issue a member club is highlighted.

Designated golfers from member clubs, and individual members, can play in the annual tournament at a well-known Thompson course.
Advice and news about celebrating various club milestones in the form of historical information; assistance in the preparation of plaques and promotional material.
Interaction with other members about various subjects; and assistance in answering questions about his courses and his life.

Who was Stanley Thompson?
He was one of five brothers - Nicol, Bill, Matt, Stanley, Frank - who caddied at the Toronto Golf Club in the early years of the 20th century, and who became leading Canadian golfers in the 1920s.
Nicol won the Canadian Professional Golf Championship in 1922, Bill won the Canadian Amateur Championship in 1923, Frank won in 1921 and 1924, Matt was a leading golfer in Manitoba, but Stanley (considered by some the finest golfer of the five) had to be content with leading the qualifying round for the Canadian Amateur in 1925. The brothers came to be known as "The Amazing Thompsons."
Stanley Thompson had dabbled in golf course architecture before the First World War. When he returned from the war as a lieutenant in the Canadian Field Artillery he formed Stanley Thompson & Company, a golf architectural company that was soon swamped with orders for new courses, or additions to existing courses.
Between 1920 and 1953 he designed, or remodeled, or constructed some 145 golf courses in Canada, United States, the Caribbean, and South America. He designed such renowned courses as Highlands Links (Nova Scotia), Banff and Jasper (Alberta), St. George’s (Toronto), and Capilano (Vancouver). In 1927 the Scottish golf course architect Alister Mackenzie rated Jasper as the
finest course he had ever played.
Stanley Thompson, by nature shy and introverted, covered his reluctance to talk of his achievements to reporters by spinning them yarns that they did not believe, but nevertheless published. He was a lover of steaks, rye whiskey, and cigars. For all these and other reasons he came to be known as "The Toronto Terror."
His first wife died in 1943, and he remarried a few years later. He was on his way to South America, and staying overnight at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel, when he had an aneurysm and a day later, on January 4. 1953, died in hospital, age 59. Stanley Thompson was elected to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1980.

Items for sale
The Society makes available to members at a reduced price the book 
"The Toronto Terror: the Life and Works of Stanley Thompson, Golf Course Architect"
by Jim Barclay. 
It also has for sale a limited edition, numbered colour portrait print of Stanley Thompson.


If you are interested in golf history please visit
The Canadian Historical Society of Canada website

The Golf Historical Society of Canada
Mailing Address
21 Kingsley Court , Ontario , Canada N1E 1E2
e-mail  wayne4@topmail.ca
Telephone 519-836-6542
or
Bill Macdonald   bill.macdonald@sympatico.ca
Picture was taken in 1928 at the Mississauga Golf and Country Club

from left to right are:
Donald Ross, Bill Thompson, Col. J.E. Mills, Stanley Thompson, 
George S. Lyon, Archie Perkins, and T.G. Mueller.

 

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