Canadian Golfer

The Canadian Golfer

In 1879, the fourth golf club in Canada established was Brantford Golf & Country Club. A member from this club, named Ralph H. Reville, launched Canada’s first golf magazine. The Canadian Golfer printed its first issue in 1915. The magazine continued under Reville’s direction through 1932 and has since become the primary resource for early Canadian golf history.

The Canadian Golfer:

  • Is the most prolific magazine about golf in Canadian history. It was published monthly (12 issues a year), with over 100 pages in a single issue.
  • Was started during the first World War (May 1915), it continued to publish successfully at this rate for 20 years.
  • There were about 30,000 golfers in Canada during the war and about 115 clubs in existence.
  • Brought international recognition to Canadian golf with readers from around the world.
  • Each issue carried articles on a variety of subjects, including greenskeeping, the rules of the game, the organization of new clubs, the construction of new courses, provincial and national championships and the annual meetings of clubs.
  • Served as the forum for many other early Canadian authors such as poet W.H. (Walter Hastings) Webling.

 

1940 Canadian Golfer Silver Jubilee Issue.

 

“The Canadian Golfer is a model which many of our British golf papers might well imitate” – Lord Alness from Edinburgh

“The Canadian Golfer is the best golf journal we receive” – U.S. Burke Golf Company

Ralph H. Reville

Reville was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1986 for his contribution to golf and for the impact that the magazine had within Canada and around the world. The Canadian Golfer magazines are now a part of the CGHF library. It is the only known source in possession of a complete collection.

 

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Volume 1: May 1915 – April 1916 Volume 2: May 1916 – April 1917 Volume 3: May 1917 – April 1918
Volume 4: May 1918 – April 1919 Volume 5: May 1919 – April 1920 Volume 6: May 1920 – April 1921
Volume 7: May 1921 – April 1922  Volume 8: May 1922 – April 1923 Volume 10: May 1924 – April 1925
Volume 11: 

May 1925 – September 1925

October 1925 – April 1926

Volume 12: 

April 1926 – September 1926

October 1926 – May 1927

Volume 13: May 1927 – April 1928
Volume 14: 

May 1928 – September 1928

October 1928 – April 1929

Volume 15: May 1929 – April 1930 Volume 16: 

May 1930 – September 1930

October 1930 – April 1931

Volume 17: May 1931 – April 1932 Volume 18: May 1932 – October 1932 Volume 19: January 1934 – December 1934
Volume 20: January 1935 – December 1935 Volume 21: January – December 1936 Volume 22: January 1937 – December 1937
Volume 23: January 1938 – December 1938 Volume 24: January 1939 – December 1939 Volume 25: January 1940 – December 1940
Volume 26: March 1941 – December 1941