If you’ve ever heard Etobicoke and Stanley Thompson in the same sentence, it’s probably because one of Thompson’s most famous designs, St. George’s Golf & Country Club, resides in the Toronto suburb. But head south about 5 minutes from St. George’s and you find Islington Golf Club, also designed by Thompson 6 years earlier. While not the championship test St. George’s is, there’s no doubt Islington is a good golf course that’s very enjoyable and has some very sporty greens.
Is Islington a top 10 golf course in Canada? No. But there’s no doubt it’s an enjoyable 18 holes in the middle of the city. It’s hard to distinguish what is Ian Andrew and what is Stanley Thompson here, but it’s got a fantastic set of greens that make it memorable.
Islington isn’t currently rated in the top 100 golf courses of Canada, but I’d make a case that is probably could be. Sure, it would be on the low end of the list, but I’ve played a bunch of top 100’s that I think are objectively worse than Islington, and having another Stanley Thompson on the list isn’t a bad thing at all.
Have you played Islington Golf Club? Did you enjoy it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!