Etobicoke, Ontario

 
In 1909 Robert Home Smith, an accomplished builder from Stratford, began acquiring lands near the banks of the Humber River for real estate development. By 1927 he had perceived that if a fine golf club could be constructed in the area, it would add considerable extra sales appeal for his properties. About the same time, a good friend, Sir Edward Beatty, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, had launched the construction of the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, one of the largest hotels in the C.P.R. chain. Planned as a convention hotel, the Royal York would need the facilities of a fine golf club, and Home Smith lost no time in convincing his friend that he could provide that facility in Etobicoke — hence the original name, "The Royal York Golf Club." Smith brought in one of North America's most renowned golf architects, Stanley Thompson, to design and construct an 18-hole championship course and to design a further 9-hole course on the adjacent norther lands. By 1929 the golf course was completed and construction was underway on the unique clubhouse. Designed by the architectural staff of the Home Smith Company, the clubhouse reflects the personal taste of the man, as well as his motto for the Company: "A little bit of England -- far from England."

Mailing address

St. George's G&CC
1668 Islington Avenue
Etobicoke, Ontario
Canada M9A 3M9

Contact information

Former names

The Royal York Hotel GC
 

Extent of 'Thompson' Work

18 hole layout design
New done by Stanley Thompson & Co. (architect: Stanley Thompson)
Verification level: Level 1
Stanley Thompson & co.

18 hole layout construction supervision
New done by Stanley Thompson & Co. (architect: Stanley Thompson)
Verification level: Level 1
Stanley Thompson & co.

Evidence

  • Plan of St. George's G&CC
  • A remarkable 1929 Course record
  • Memo from ST to Minister of the interior TG Murphy
  • "Stanley Thompson and Associates" company ad
  • Reference to St. George's G&CC in 'The Toronto Terror'
  • The Amazing Thompsons
  • Liberty Profile
  • Article in Ontario Golf Magazine