University of Guelph Acquires Stanley Thompson Collection


A collection of memorabilia – including drawings, newspaper articles, photographs, correspondence, contracts and agreements – of Canadian golf course architect Stanley Thompson (1893-1953) has been donated to the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario.

"Stanley Thompson was a Canadian original – a genius and an eccentric who has an almost rock-star cult status among golfers who understand and appreciate his creative and challenging approach to golf," said Michael Ridley U of G's chief librarian and chief information officer. "The availability of this collection will help Canadians better understand a remarkable individual."

Thompson, a skilled designer and golfer, attended the Ontario Agricultural College and worked on more than 145 golf courses in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and South America, including three of Canada's top golf courses – St. George's in Toronto, Highlands Links in Ingonish Beach, N.S., and Capilano in Vancouver. He also co-designed the course at Guelph's Cutten Club, which he once owned, managed and resided.

A co-founder of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, Thompson was one of five brothers who represented one of the most talented golfing families in North America. For additional information, contact Lori Bona Hunt at 519/824-4120, Ext. 53338.


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