Over a century of excellence.
Among the oldest golf clubs in Canada, Oshawa’s heritage extends for more than a century, having initially been laid out by Robert and Thomas Henderson in 1906. Since that point, several of the best designers in Canadian history—including George Cumming, Stanley Thompson, and more recently the likes of Robbie Robinson and Doug Carrick—have worked on the course.
It is currently undergoing restoration planning by Tom Mackenzie of the firm Mackenzie & Ebert, one of the United Kingdom’s most noted design firms.
Key Historical Bits
The Hendersons: Robert and his brother, Thomas, from Musselburg, Scotland, established the course, and Thomas would go on to become the club’s long-time secretary.
George Cumming: After the course was established, it was Cumming, a Scottish golf professional and noted Head Pro at Toronto Golf Club, who reworked Oshawa.
In the early 1920s, the course was extended to a full 18 holes, with 23 bunkers.
Stanley Thompson: A protégé of Cumming, research shows Thompson, the most famed golf designer Canada has produced, did work on the course around 1930.
Clubhouse: The 1930 clubhouse was a single storey building with covered verandas and a balcony overlooking the putting green.
Early course: An elm tree protects the green in this early photo, an example of how the course has evolved.
After Thompson: This photo of #15, from 1932, shows the course after Thompson’s work. Notice the lack of trees, as well as little development around the club.
Bunkers: Thompson’s work on the course showcases a more elaborate bunker style, with grassy bays and high sandy faces.
1934: The 17th green, pictured in the early 1930s.