As my Canadian readers surely know, and many of my American friends will also be aware, Stanley Thompson was Canada’s preeminent golf designer. He died 53 years ago, but his courses — places like Highlands Links, St. George’s and Banff — remain legendary homes of golf.
Anyway, an associate, Chris Parker, has compiled a website that lists all of the courses Thompson was supposed to have had some involvement with and attached the relevant websites. It is an impressive site for the information Chris has brought together on this vast array of courses, some of which I’d never heard of and was intrigued to see still claim some relationship to Thompson’s work. I hope to seek a few of them out this summer.
On the other side, here is the website for the Stanley Thompson Society. I’ve never joined the society, though it is a worthwhile cause. I might do so this year. However, the organization’s website is lacking in much of the detail Parker offers. For example, I couldn’t find a list of Thompson courses that are actually members of the society. And in Thompson’s course list, the society includes Brantford Golf & Country Club, a course that was built by Thompson’s brother, Nicol. I know this to be true, as I’ve seen the advertisement for the course in a 1922 edition of Canadian Golfer, where Nicol listed it among the courses he designed.