Architect

Our history is impressive. Our history is a golf legacy.
Our history is Stanley Thompson.

Golfers have loved the course at Legacy Ridge Golf Club since it first opened in 1920. Spanning 6,201 yards from the longest tees, the course was designed by famed golf course architect Stanley Thompson. This course layout manages the difficult double task of challenging experienced players while helping rookies relax as they learn this classic game.

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We weren’t always Legacy Ridge. The story behind our new name.

When new ownership purchased this course four years ago, it wanted to begin anew, including a name change for this grande dame of golf. With the natural outcropping adjacent to the property – the ridge – and that fact that an honest-to-goodness, legendary genius of a golf architect gave shape and form to the course – what other name could we go by!

The Legacy of Stanley Thompson lives!

Stanley Thompson (September 18, 1893 – January 4, 1953) was a Canadian golf course architect and a co-founder of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.

Born in Toronto, he graduated from Malvern Collegiate Institute and attended the Ontario Agricultural College (now the University of Guelph) for one year. He served with the Canadian military in Europe during World War I; after the war ended, he visited many of the top courses in the British Isles. When he returned to Canada after the war he became a full-time golf course architect, He got his start with George Cumming, longtime professional at the Toronto Golf Club, who had designed several Canadian courses around the turn of the 20th century. He was in business for himself by 1923. In the 1920’s there was a rapid expansion of golf and new courses were needed to accommodate the millions of new players, so Thompson and his peers were kept very busy.

Mr. Thompson designed courses from 1912-1952, mostly in Canada, with a philosophy of preserving the natural lay and flow of the land.

Thompson's many world-famous courses include the Banff Springs Hotel Golf Course in Banff, Alberta, the Jasper Park Golf Course in Jasper, Alberta, the scenic Fundy National Park Course in New Brunswick and the Highlands Links in Ingonish, Nova Scotia, all four are publicly accessible and located in Canadian National Parks. Banff Springs and Jasper Park earned him a worldwide reputation.

In 1948, Thompson was a co-founder, with Donald Ross, of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, and helped to train many top golf course architects, including Robert Trent Jones; Thompson and Jones were partners for several years in the 1930’s.

Thompson was an excellent player himself, competing with success many times in the Canadian Amateur Championship, and he had four brothers—Nicol, Frank, Mathew, and Bill—all of whom became outstanding Canadian players in the 1920’s.

Thompson was a genius who left his mark on the Canadian landscape from coast to coast and further afield in the Caribbean, USA and Central America.

The Stanley Thompson Society provides a list of 178 courses which Thompson laid out, had constructed, or remodeled through one of the companies that he worked for or managed in the years 1912-1953. Geographically, the courses are located in:

His ‘larger than life’ persona resulted in an exceptional contribution to the golf world that has passed the test of time. His legacy includes more than his golf courses: he mentored and trained many prominent golf architects including Geoff Cornish, Robert Trent Jones, Ken Melton, Bob Moote, Robbie Robinson, Howard Watson and Norman Woods, each of whom have mentored others such as Doug Carrick, Ted Baker, Graham Cooke, David Moote, Thom McBroom and Les Furber. As well, he founded the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) with the likes of Donald Ross and Robert Trent Jones Sr. A posthumous crowning achievement was the 2005 designation of Stanley Thompson as a Person of National Significance by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

Thompson died of an aneurysm in 1953 during travel from Toronto to South America.
Thompson was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1980. Golf historian James A. Barclay wrote a biography of Thompson entitled The Toronto Terror. We was recognized posthumously as a Person of National Significance for his contribution to golf architecture.

Read more at http://www.stanleythompson.com/stanley-thompson/the-man

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