Session 1: Why restore a golf course?



The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, in cooperation with the Stanley Thompson Society, is pleased to present a series of informal discussion groups focusing on the golf course.

Each month, several specialists will be asked to join attendees to consider elements of the decision-making process involved in golf course renovation, preservation and restoration.

The Stanley Thompson Society will also provide a free copy of their first technical bulletin on the architectural principles of Stanley Thompson to all who sign up for the full series. Light refreshments will be provided.

Cost is $15.00 per session or $60.00 if you sign up for all six.

Sign up at – or call Kristen at 905-849-9700 ext 410.

To order tickets online, click here.

Session 1: Why restore a golf course? - November 6, 2008

This evening will explore the issues around restoration vs. modernization. The discussion will feature three panelists and an open debate on whether the original architect’s vision can really be restored and what elements identify a restoration.

Confirmed Panelists:
Doug Carrick, golf course architect, Doug Carrick Design Inc.
Ted Baker, golf course architect, Baker Turner Inc.
John Porter, CPGA Professional

Session 2: Stanley Thompson and his Design Principles - December 4, 2008

This session will discuss the essence of golf course design principles, from overall philosophy to specific elements (e.g. bunkering).

Confirmed Panelists:
Ian Andrew, golf course architect, Ian Andrew Golf Design Inc.
David Moote, ASGCA, President, Stanley Thompson Society, R.F. Moote & Associates Ltd.~ MOOTE Golf Architects
Jeff Mingay, Golf Course Architect, Senior Associate, Rod Whitman Golf Course Design

Session 3: Overcoming the Effect of Tree Growth and Aging Turf on Classic Golf Courses - January 8, 2009

Focus of this session will be dealing with the effect of trees on turf health, improved playability, tree plans and regenerating tired turf.

Confirmed Panelists:
Teri Yamada, tournament agronomist, RCGA

Session 4: PGA Tour Golf - Classic vs. Modern Tournament Courses - February 5, 2009

Discussion regarding the merits of classic golf course design in respect to professional tournament golf and making appropriate adjustments for PGA TOUR players.

Confirmed Panelists:
Bill Paul, tournament director, RBC Canadian Open

Session 5: Approaching a restoration (Fact Finding, Master and Strategic Planning) - March 5, 2009

How to begin the process and effectively communicating the plan to members.

Confirmed Panelists:
John Smith, Consulting Mining Engineer, STS Board Director, Vice-president, Chair of Archives
Jay Peters, J. Peters & Company Inc., Management & Marketing Consultants, Board Director: STS, Dundas Valley G&CC, Forzani Group, Priszm Income Fund
Kirsten Brown, University of Guelph Graduate Student, Engaged by STS to undertake research
of Thompson’s Canadian courses

Session 6: The Decision Making Process - Success stories of clubs committed to maintaining or restoring their classic courses - April 9, 2009

Discussion regarding preservation principles, typical modern pitfalls, budgeting and timing.

Confirmed Panelists:
Jim Fraser, renovation committee, Toronto Golf Club
Ken Donovan, Historian, Parks Canada, Fortress of Louisbourg NHS