In 1913, the seed for Islington Golf Club was planted by three entrepreneurs with a vision for a community golf club. The Club was conceived in the minds of Colonel Bill Rogers, E.H.A. Watson, Principal of Riverdale Collegiate and Mr. Chadwick, a local realtor. All three were directors of the Colonial Realty Company and realized the rolling farmland and winding Mimico Creek would make a pristine and challenging setting for a golf course. The First World War delayed their plans, but in 1923 they renegotiated an option on the Appleby Farm land, and Islington Golf Club was incorporated.
Islington Golf Club was an early assignment for Stanley Thompson, one of the foremost golf architects in North America. Although there has been minor alteration in the hole sequence over the years, the course plays close to its original design and retains much of the charm and features of Thompson’s original layout.
Tucked into historical Islington Village and Mimico Creek valley, Islington Golf Club is a challenging 18-hole, par-72 golf course, featuring tree-lined, parkland-style golf holes, rolling terrain, and the meandering Mimico Creek. The course, however, has also benefitted from a recent commitment of considerable funds for course improvements that include bunker redesign, hazard restoration, water reservoir construction, and new irrigation system.
RBC CANADIAN OPEN AND ONTARIO MEN’S AMATEUR
Even after 87 years the course continues to challenge golfers of all skill levels. In 2009, the club was host to the GAO Ontario Men’s Amateur and welcomed some of the best amateur golfers in Ontario. In 2010, Islington Golf Club partnered with the RBC Canadian Open and opened our facilities to some of the best pro golfers in the world. Hosting the practice facility at Islington Golf Club was a unique opportunity for the Islington golf community to play an important role in the Canadian Open’s return to Toronto for the first time since 1968.
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