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Thompson was well known for his detailed modelling of greens.  Here, a master architect is also the master painter.
 
  • The brothers were mentored by George Cumming, long-time professional at The Toronto Golf Club where they were caddies.
  • Nicol and George became partners in an architectural firm. 
  • On his return from the War, Stanley joined Nicol and George in their architectural business, 1920. 
  • His first solo design was Muskoka Lakes G&CC.
  • Although busy as architects, Nicol (professional at the Hamilton   G&CC) and George returned to their full-time golf professional   jobs. 
  • In 1922, Stanley struck out on his own - Stanley Thompson & Co. Limited. 
  • By the time the decade was out, he had completed many courses including these gems - Jasper Park, Banff Springs, St. George’s.
  • Despite the Depression, he had built one of the best architectural firms on the continent. 
  • He hired young college graduates including Howard Watson, Robbie Robinson, Robert Trent Jones and, later, Geoffrey Cornish.
  • His firm, billed as landscape architects and engineers, employed experts in plant pathology, agronomy, soil chemistry, a tree surgeon and a town planner. 
  • In 1932, he took Jones in as a partner. 
  • Throughout the 1920s and 30s his work continued across the   country, the United States, the Caribbean and South America. 
  • Although never as busy as had had been prior to the Depression, his work continued in the 1940s and early 50s. 
  • He had built or constructed more than 145 courses. 
  • Stanley Thompson died of a brain aneurysm, January 3, 1953.
  • He had been staying at the Royal York Hotel making ready for a trip to South America.
  • Despite having made (and lost) a number of fortunes, the master   architect died penniless. 
  • In 2005, the federal government named him ‘a person of national historic significance.’    
  • Induction to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame
  • Induction to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
 
Note: The further reading section provides more detail about his family and career. There is also a Foreword to Jim Barclay’s book, The Toronto Terror, by Geoffrey Cornish, which captures the life and character of Stanley Thompson. It is worth reading.