Stanley Thompson

Category: Builder – Architect

Stanley Thompson

Inducted: 1980

Born: September 18, 1893
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario
Death: January 4, 1953

Stanley Thompson was not only a fine amateur golfer in his day, but he developed into one of the most internationally renowned Canadian golf course architects.  With over 120 golf courses to his credit, many of Thompson’s enduring designs are among the top golf courses in Canada to this day. His eye for incorporating the natural lie of the land into his designs is in evidence at Toronto’s St. George’s, Vancouver’s Capilano and Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta.

Courses Designed in Canada:

  • Norway Point, ON
  • Sault Ste. Marie, ON
  • Brantford Golf and Country club, ON
  • Lakeview Golf Club, ON
  • Muskoka Lakes Golf Club, ON
  • Owen Sound, ON
  • Summit Golf Club, ON
  • Windermere Golf and Country Club, ON
  • Beach Grove Golf Club, ON
  • Bigwin Inn Golf club, ON
  • The Briars, ON
  • Glen Stewart, ON 
  • Highland Golf Club (London, ON)
  • Humber Valley Golf Club, ON
  • North Bay Golf and Country Club, ON
  • St. Clair Beach Golf Club,  ON
  • Niakwa Golf and Country Club, ON
  • Halifax Golf and Country Club, ON
  • Lingan Golf and Country Club, ON
  • Burlington Golf and Country Club, ON
  • Cedar Brook Golf and Country Club, ON
  • Lake Shore Golf and Country Club, ON
  • Mississaugua Golf and Country Club, ON
  • Shore Acres Golf Club, ON
  • St. Thomas Golf Club, ON
  • Thornhill Golf and Country Club, ON
  • Uplands Golf Club, ON
  • York Downs Golf Club, ON
  • Bayview Golf and Country Club, ON
  • Couchiching G&CC, ON
  • Fort Williams, ON
  • Islington G&CC, ON
  • Kenora, ON
  • Queen Victoria Park, ON
  • Marlborough, QC
  • Alcrest, MB
  • Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club, AB
  • Big Bay Point, ON
  • Erie Downs, ON
  • Toronto Ladies’ Golf Club, ON
  • Minaki Inn, ON
  • Ki-8-Eb, QC
  • Wasaga Beach, ON
  • Saugeen Golf Club, Port Elgin, ON 
  • St. Andrews Golf Club, ON
  • Mount Bruno Country Club, QC
  • Regina Golf Club, SK
  • Southwood Golf and Country Club, MB
  • Huntsville Downs, ON
  • Oakdale Golf Club, ON
  • Orchard Beach Golf and Country Club, ON
  • St. Catharines, ON
  • Banff Springs Golf Club, AB
  • Mayfair Golf and Country Club, AB
  • Lambton Golf Club, ON
  • Assiniboine, MB
  • Castle Mountain Miniature
  • Allandale, ON
  • St. George’s Golf and Country Club, ON
  • Tor Hill, SK
  • Murray Municipal Golf Club, SK
  • Prince Rupert, BC
  • Lethbridge, AB
  • Digby Pines, NS
  • Brampton, ON
  • Chedoke, ON
  • Dundas Valley, ON
  • Erindale, ON
  • Old Mill Miniature
  • Oshawa Golf and Country Club, ON
  • Peterborough Golf and Country Club, ON
  • Waterloo County ON
  • Westmount Golf and Country Club, ON
  • Seigniory Club, QC
  • Aurora Higlands, ON
  • Brockville Country Club, ON
  • Catarqui Golf and Country Club, ON
  • Cutten Field Golf Club, ON
  • Glen Mawr Golf Club, ON
  • Truro Golf and Country Club, NS
  • Willowdale, ON
  • Mount Royal, QC
  • Kawartha Lakes Golf Club, ON
  • Capilano Golf and Country Club, BC
  • St. Leonards, QC
  • Muskoka Beach, ON
  • Noranda Mines, QC
  • Sunningdale Golf and Country Club, ON
  • Credit Valley Golf Club, ON
  • Kitchener Civic, ON
  • Highland Links Golf Club, NS
  • Green Gables Golf Club, PEI
  • Norway Bay Golf Club, QC
  • Beaconsfield Golf Club, QC
  • Waskesiu Golf Course, SK

Other Items of Note:

  • Co-founder of the American Society of Golf Course Architects in 1948
  • He completed 200 courses, the majority in Canada, but includes courses in Brazil, Colombia, British West Indies and the United States
  • He introduced the strategic type of golf hole design
  • Stanley won the 1924 Ontario Amateur at the Toronto Golf Club


Inducted to Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in 2000

Inducted to Canada’s Sport Hall of Fame in 2015



Photos of Stanley Thompson from the collection.

Stanley Thompson Society