The Stanley Thompson Society announced their 2023 schedule, which includes an impressive four course lineup.
Members of the Society, which is in celebration of the golf courses and legacy of Stanley Thompson, can participate in events at St. George’s, Cataraqui, Waskesiu, and Westmount throughout the 2023 summer. Details on the Stanley Thompson Society can be viewed here.
May 15, 2023 — St. George’s
Regularly referred to as Stanley Thompson’s crowning achievement, St. George’s playfully dances over a hilly property just kilometers removed from downtown Toronto. Recent memory of Rory McIlroy winning the 2022 RBC Canadian Open over Justin Thomas and Tony Finau have this fresh in a Canadian golfers memory, and rightfully so: this is one of, if not the country’s best golf course. At the very least, it is his highest ranked golf course in the country at 2nd on Beyond The Contour‘s Top 100 + a perennial World Top 100 on Golf Magazine.
June 12, 2023 — Cataraqui
Routed through the tall trees and rolling terrain barely removed from the shores of Lake Ontario, Cataraqui often flies under the radar given its location in Kingston removed from the Greater Toronto Area. However, the set of par 3s are among Thompson’s most diverse, and the par 4, 18th, pictured below, is among his best closing holes in a large catalogue. Cataraqui ranks as the 48th best golf course in Canada, according to Beyond The Contour‘s panel.
July 15, 2023 — Waskesiu
While most of Thompson’s work is in Ontario, he did occasionally venture west of Ontario. In fact, a majority of his most celebrated designs are found in Western Canada, including Banff, Jasper, Capilano. I would also argue Waskesiu is deserving of a special honourable mention following the famed Thompson Five. Off the stretch of a beautiful location with some of the most exciting contours for golf, this is a wonderful golf course and event to attend. Waskeisu is currently celebrated as the 64th best golf course in Canada on this website.
September 18, 2023 — Westmount
Even though Cataraqui and Waskesiu are remarkable golf courses, Westmount, currently 13th in the country, has comfortably been the ‘next best’ after the Thompson Five for some time. Like some of his more celebrated work, Thompson’s routing takes full advantage of the topography to provide uneven lies, heavily-tilted greens, all while meandering around the forested property in a beautiful setting.
Those who are not members of the Society will have to sign up in order to play in each event; click here to register.