Islington Golf Club turns 90
Toronto’s Islington Golf Club (IGC) is celebrating its 90th anniversary.
Designed by golf course architect Stanley Thompson in 1923, the club introduced the Millar Cup in 1928, and for four decades became the country’s premier professional match play tournament. In 2010, the club partnered with Golf Canada to serve as a practice facility for Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) tour players during the 2010 Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Canadian Open.
“Visitors to the club are amazed to find a course of this calibre so close to the downtown core,” said Dave Fox, general manager. “Since we’re one of the few clubs in the area that doesn’t require a tee time, golfers can leave downtown Toronto and tee off at our club 30 minutes later.”
The 18-hole, par-72 championship course has 585 members, and has recently partnered with Toronto Police Services #22 Division to teach disadvantaged youth the core values of golf—etiquette, honesty, and discipline. Additionally, the club hosts various charity tournaments with proceeds going toward initiatives including Dave and Ken Dryden’s Sleeping Children Around the World charitable organization (SCAW).
As part of the anniversary celebrations, the club will host an open house on April 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. Golf enthusiasts are invited to tour the facility, meet the staff, and sample cuisine made by the executive chef. Club pro Phil Kavanagh will also conduct a complimentary Spring Swing Clinic at the practice facility.
The club is also offering a one-year trial membership so those interested can try the course before purchasing a full membership.
“We recognize that for most people a golf membership is a major purchase decision,” said Fox. “That’s why we introduced our trial membership program. It really gives prospective members and their family a chance to experience the lifestyle of our club before making a commitment to become full members.”