Thompson, Stanley W. National Historic Person

Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia
Stanley Thompson (© Stanley Thompson Society/ Karsh, ca.1948)
Stanley Thompson
(© Stanley Thompson Society/ Karsh, ca.1948)
Address : Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 2005-11-28
Life Date: 1893 to 1953

Research Report Number: 2004-074

Importance: Pioneer of golf course architecture in Canada and abroad; creating many challenging and world renowned golf courses

Plaque(s)


No plaque in place, recommended location: Ingonish Beach Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia

A pioneer of golf course design in Canada and abroad, Stanley Thompson introduced new types of layouts and created challenging, world-renowned courses. His designs of the 1920s and 1930s combined traditional Scottish elements with innovative plans that required a more strategic game, all the while preserving and exploiting the natural terrain and creating beautiful vistas. Through the 145 courses he designed, Thompson played a key role in the development of his profession and inspired a new generation of golf course architects. The Highlands Links, considered a masterpiece, is a testimony to his ingenuity and artistic vision. Approved 2007