Meet Oakville’s Other Golf Gem

Photo courtesy Jeff Mingay

By Jeff Mingay

While not as well-known as its famous neighbour, Glen Abbey Golf Club, The Oakville Golf Club is a golf course worthy of mention. The club’s nine-hole course—laid out along the eastern edge of 16 Mile Creek in Oakville, Ont.—was originally designed by George Cumming, the ‘dean of Canadian golf professionals.’ Cumming was head professional at The Toronto Golf Club for half a century, beginning in 1900. He was also a pioneer golf course designer in this country during the early part of the 20th century when golf was in its infancy in Canada.

By the time I was hired to create an improvement plan for The Oakville Golf Club in 2009, the course was 88 years old and most of Cumming’s original design was gone. Still, with the exception of the bunkers—which were remodelled in the 1980s in a style to match that era of golf course design—the Oakville course had an old-fashioned look and feel about it. To my way of thinking, if the bunkers were renovated in a style reflecting 1920s-era golf architecture, not only would design continuity be restored, but with it a complete look and feel that matched the club’s history and the course’s pedigree. And so began a comprehensive bunker renovation project in March 2012.

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