[photopress:Thompsonbook.jpg,full,alignright]Tonight at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Etobicoke, a new book on the courses of Stanley Thompson, called aptly “The Golf Courses of Stanley Thompson — Celebrating Canada’s Historic Masterpieces,” will be launched.
The book was the creation of photographer Mike Bell and features a few dozen of Thompson’s best courses. Included alongside the photographs are essays written by the likes of Lorne Rubenstein, Ian Andrew, Garry McKay and Ian Cruickshank on courses like Jasper, Highlands Links, and Westmount G&CC.
I also contributed, writing about Peterborough G&CC, St. Catharines G&CC, Cataraqui GC, Oakdale G&CC, and Thornhill G&CC. I also worked alongside Ian Andrew (using Jim Barclay’s raw research) and spent many hours compiling a list of Stanley Thompson courses that we could prove he designed or extensively renovated. The list probably isn’t perfect, but it is the most ambitious attempt to date to create a “real” list of courses the Canadian legend actually built.
As mentioned, the launch is tonight. Apparently 5,000 books were printed — and will be available through many of the clubs that participated in its creation. I’m sure it will also be available in book stores — I’ll find out tonight and post a link on how one might acquire it.
Anyway, Vanderlip gives a nod to G4G in his latest column:
I am not suave and smooth like Bob Weeks or Hal Quinn, I am not controversial and informed like Robert Thompson¦
And just when I was aiming at being “suave and smooth,” I get labeled with “controversial and informed.” How insulting. G4G Nation — rise up with me against Vanderlip!
Or you could just read his columns on Score. For a golf pro he’s relatively entertaining.
Speaking of entertaining, Gary Slatter is back from Calgary and blogging again! Thank God. Gary’s latest can be found here.