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Golf, Vol. III, No. 1, July, 1898

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Golf Club Grounds

 

Toronto World, Jan. 22, 1911 drawing

Toronto World, January 22, 1911

Kelvin Park flyer

George Brown (1818-1880), a good Scotsman if ever there was one, desperately wanted to see Scotland’s national game brought to Toronto. He and his successors at The Globe published a series of articles over the years encouraging the playing of golf and the formation of a golf club here in Toronto.

Globe, September 3, 1872 First article on golf

Globe, October 30, 1874 Second Globe article on golf

Globe, January 26, 1875 Third article on golf

Globe, October 4, 1875

James Lamond Smith

James Lamond Smith

James Lamond Smith brought golf came to Toronto in 1869. He played near Yorkville and near Kingston Road. In 1876, he and his friends formalized the arrangement, founding the Toronto Golf Course,  the third oldest golf club in Canada, but oldest in Ontario.  It used land east of Coxwell just north of the Woodbine Racetrack.

This was on the Small’s Farm at Small’s Corners. The site was leased from the heirs to the Charles Coxwell Estate. Charles Coxwell Small’s father,  John Small, purchased a 200 acre farm on Lot Five, First Concession, from Paul Wilcott in 1801. Paul Wilcott was  married to one of the Ashbridge daughters and each member of that family received at least 200 acres of land in the late 1790s.

An 1851 map with the log numbers. The east-west street is Queen St. (Kingston Rd in 1851). Kingston Road turns north just east of Coxwell. A small settlement is at the corner of Coxwell and Queen clustered around a steam saw mill, a tavern and a tollgate. The north south street between Lot 8 and 7 will become Coxwell Avenue. A larger village is clustered around Woodbine and Kingston Road. It was called the Village of Norway for the Norway or Red Pine that grew there so abundantly.

An 1851 map with the lot numbers. The east-west street is Queen St. (Kingston Rd in 1851). Kingston Road turns north just east of Coxwell. A small settlement, called Small’s Corners, is at the corner of Coxwell and Queen clustered around a steam saw mill, a tavern and a tollgate. The north south street between Lot 8 and 7 will become Coxwell Avenue. Lot 7 was originally granted to Paul Wilcott and sold in 1801 to John Small. A larger village is clustered around Woodbine and Kingston Road. It was called the Village of Norway for the Norway or Red Pine that grew there so abundantly.

John Small was a member of the Family Compact and notorious for a duel in which he shot and killed John White, a prominent member of the same clique. Charles Coxwell Small, like many of the Family Compact, had a secure (sinecure) government position and a house in town (or a “townhouse”) at King and Berkeley (still standing). He had a country estate where he raised prize-winning shorthorn cattle and hosted plowing matches. Charles Coxwell Small, for whom Coxwell Avenue is named, died in 1862, splitting his estate between six heirs. The Estate was tied up in litigation for years, making the small Lot 1 vacant and available.

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Globe, June 5, 1880

An irate employee shot George Brown, editor of The Globe, on March 25, 1880. On May 9, just a month before the article above was written, Brown died of infection from the wound. One hopes that he had heard rumours that his beloved game was being played in Toronto.

Globe, May 7, 1881 First mention of the Toronto Golf Club

 

Globe, June 3, 1881 Golf at NorwayGlobe, October 22, 1881 Toronto vs BrantfordThe Toronto Golf Club had no clubhouse but kept their clubs, red jackets and other gear in a room on the second floor of the Woodbine Hotel. The Woodbine Hotel, owned by Joseph Duggan, was just across the road at the north-east corner of Kingston Road and Queen Street East. After the law suit ended, the owner could subdivide the land for housing and, in 1888, that’s what the owner did.

Globe, April 8, 1882 Small's Farm and TGC
Globe, October 6, 1883 Interprovincial
Globe, September 22, 1885

The Toronto Golf Club were homeless for a short period of time after the course was sold for housing. For short period they had a six-hole course on the oval of green turf within the larger oval of the Woodbine racetrack. Then they made a deal with Michael Fitzgerald who owned 30 acres of land at the top northwest corner of the lower part old Charles Coxwell Small Estate. A 1878 map shows the Dominion Telegraph Co. as owner of this 30 acres — probably held on speculation and then sold to Michael Fitzgerald. The Grand Trunk rail line cut the Estate into two parts. The Toronto Golf Club moved north to near Upper Gerrard and Wembley Road. At first they just leased the land from Fitzgerald. The Toronto Golf Club only played on the lower half — not above the tracks though they hand to deal with cinders that blew onto the greens from the steam locomotives. Around 1893 they made a binding arrangement with Fitzgerald and, in 1894 they proceeded to turn an old abandoned farmhouse (supposedly haunted) into their clubhouse. They began an ambitious program to improve the course and membership expanded rapidly. Even the trains stopped at the Toronto Golf Club. The Conductors called out, “Golf Grounds.” Judge W. Cassels bought 16 acres south of the course (near Highcroft) and sold it to the Toronto Golf Club for a dollar. In 1898 they leased other land to the east of Woodbine Avenue and this allowed them to expand to 18 holes. The formalities of actually purchasing the original 30 acres of land from Fitzgerald’s heirs were not closed until 1905.

Small's Pond

The first Toronto Golf Club course (1876-1888) was on leased land where these houses are in this photo. Looking west along Queen Street from the top of the fire hall near Woodbine and Queen ca. 1905. Queen Street is on the left. Small’s Pond is visible just right of Centre. Kingston Road runs diagonally from left to right in the foreground.

East of Coxwell Avenue, Goad's Map, 1903.

East of Coxwell Avenue, Goad’s Map, 1903.

1882 Ontario Quebec tournament

1882 Ontario Quebec tournament. Hosted by Toronto Golf Club.

Globe, August 7, 1886

Gordon T Cassels map

Map drawn by Gordon T. Cassels, from The Toronto Golf Club, 1876-1976 by Jack Batten.

Matching

Plan of Toronto Golf Club old grounds, Golf, Vol. III, No. 1 (July, 1898)

 

Toronto World, April 20, 1899

Toronto World, December 5, 1890

Toronto World, April 20, 1899 b

Toronto World, December 5, 1890 continued

Toronto World, December 5, 1890

Toronto World, December 5, 1890

 

Globe, Feb. 3, 1894

 

The Canadian Contract Record [Vol. 5, no. 13 (May 3, 1894)]

The Canadian Contract Record, Vol. 5, no. 13 (May 3, 1894)

The Punch Bowl from a private collection (date unknown)

Looking up the Dell from a private collection (date unknown)

Globe, June 16, 1894

Globe, June 16, 1894

Globe, June 16, 1894 Article

The Osler Cup

Globe, March 23, 1895 The Jack Gordon cleet

 

The Punch Bowl and Plateau from a private collection (date unknown)

The Punch Bowl and Plateau from a private collection (date unknown)

Globe, April 18, 1895

Globe, April 18, 1895

Weekly British Whig, 6 Jun 1895 (Kingston, ON)

Weekly British Whig, June 6, 1895 (Kingston, ON)

Toronto Star, October 30, 1895

1896 Fernhill, Toronto Public Library Collection

Toronto Golf Club House, “Fernhill”, ca. 1895. The photo was reproduced in Athletic Life, Vol. III, No. 1, January 1896, p. 25. Photographer Josiah Bruce also took all the photographs in the Globe article of November 7, 1896. Toronto Public Library.

 

18960501 TS Ladies CORRECT

Daily Maily and Empire, July 11, 1896 Collage

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Daily Mail and Empire, July 11, 1896

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On The Links

Daily Mail and Empire, July 11, 1896

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Punch Bowl

Daily Mail and Empire, July 11, 1896

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Daily Mail and Empire, July 11, 1896

A. W. Smith

Daily Mail and Empire, July 11, 1896 Andy Smith was one of Canada’s top golfers

 

A. W. Smith

A. W. Smith

Globe, Nov. 7, 1894

Globe, November 7, 1896

 

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Globe, November 7, 1896 6

Globe, November 7, 1896

Globe, November 7, 1896 4

 

Globe, November 7, 1896 7Globe, November 7, 1896 8

Globe, November 7, 1896 3

Globe, November 7, 1896

Globe, November 7, 1896 A1

Globe, November 7, 1896

Globe, November 7, 1896 A2

Globe, November 7, 1896

Globe, November 7, 1896 A3

Globe, November 7, 1896

Globe, November 7, 1896 A4

Globe, November 7, 1896

Globe, November 7, 1896 A5

Globe, November 7, 1896

Golfers, 1896. Photo by William James.

Golfers, 1896. Photo by William James on the Toronto Golf Club grounds.

Golfers, 1896. Photo by William James. Second photo of group.

Golfers, 1896. Photo by William James on the Toronto Golf Club grounds.

18961110 TS Sloane Hunter TGC

The WEEK [Vol. 13, no. 51 (Nov. 13, 1896)]

The WEEK, Vol. 13, no. 51 (Nov. 13, 1896)

The WEEK [Vol. 13, no. 51 (Nov. 13, 1896)] 2

The WEEK, Vol. 13, no. 51 (Nov. 13, 1896)

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The WEEK, Vol. 13, no. 51 (Nov. 13, 1896)

 

The WEEK [Vol. 13, no. 51 (Nov. 13, 1896)] 5

The WEEK, Vol. 13, no. 51 (Nov. 13, 1896)

The WEEK [Vol. 13, no. 51 (Nov. 13, 1896)] 6

The WEEK, Vol. 13, no. 51 (Nov. 13, 1896)

The WEEK [Vol. 13, no. 51 (Nov. 13, 1896)] 7

The WEEK, Vol. 13, no. 51 (Nov. 13, 1896)

 

The WEEK [Vol. 13, no. 51 (Nov. 13, 1896)] 8

The WEEK, Vol. 13, no. 51 (Nov. 13, 1896)

 

Golf Magazine, Vol. III, No. 1, July 1898 Cover

Toronto Star, July 23, 1898 5

Toronto Star, July 23, 1898

Toronto Star, July 23, 1898 1

Toronto Star, July 23, 1898

Toronto Star, July 23, 1898 6

Toronto Star, July 23, 1898 looking north west. Foreground Gerrard Street. Williamson’s Ravine is visible as is the bridge where the fence ends on the left. The Toronto Golf Club House is on the top of the hill.

Toronto Star, July 23, 1898 2

Toronto Star, July 23, 1898 continued

Toronto Star, July 23, 1898 3

Toronto Star, July 23, 1898 continued

Toronto Star, July 23, 1898 4

 

Toronto Star, July 23, 1898 whole article.jpg

Toronto Star, July 28, 1898

Golf Magazine, Vol. III, No. 1, July 1898 Cover

Golf Magazine, Vol. III, No. 1, July 1898 Cover

Golf, Vol. III, No. 1, July, 1898 International Team 262

Golf, Vol. III, No. 5, October 1, 1898, International Team, page 262

 

Golf, Vol. III, No. 1, July, 1898 p 263

Golf, Vol. III, No. 5, October 1, 1898, International Team, page 263

 

Golf, Vol. III, No. 1, (July, 1898), p. 264

Golf, Vol. III, No. 5, October 1, 1898, International Team, p.264

Golf, Vol. III, No. 1, July, 1898 p 265

Golf, Vol. III, No. 5, October 1, 1898, International Team, p. 265

Golf, Vol. III, No. 1, July, 1898 p 266

Golf, Vol. III, No. 5, October 1, 1898, International Team, p. 266

Golf, Vol. III, No. 1, July, 1898 p 267

Golf, Vol. III, No. 5, October 1, 1898, International Team, p. 267

 

 

 

Globe, October 8, 1898

Globe, October 8, 1898

 

 

18981024 TS Lady Golfers

 

Toronto World, April 20, 1899

Toronto World, April 20, 1899

Toronto World, April 20, 1899 b

Toronto World, April 20, 1899

 

 

18990918 TS A W Smith was not Archie Smith

Archie Smith was the golf pro at the Toronto Golf Club — not to be confused with A. W. (Andy) Smith, the champion golfer of the Toronto Golf Club.

 

 

 

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Cassels Avenue at the east side of the course is named for Walter Cassels who donated land to the Toronto Golf Club and was Captain (President)

Globe, June 11, 1901 a

Globe, June 11, 1901

Globe, June 11, 1901 b

Globe, June 11, 1901 continued The women members felt particularly threatened by the flying bullets of the In and Out Club and with good reason. The mound that was the barrier was too small and inadequate. The Toronto Police Force also practiced at this range near Small’s Pond.

Women from the Toronto Golf Club  complained about the firing at the Toronto Police Force’s rifle range at the rear of Small’s Park, near to the Toronto Golf Club.  Fearing getting shot, the women said “that the institution is a menace to public safety.” They took the owner, William H. Hill, to court. (Toronto Star, May 18, 1901)

Globe, August 30, 1901

Globe, August 30, 1901

 

Globe, September 11, 1901 a

Globe, September 11, 1901

Globe, September 11, 1901 b

Globe, September 11, 1901

Globe, September 11, 1901 c

Globe, September 11, 1901

Globe, September 11, 1901 d

Globe, September 11, 1901

 

Globe, September 28, 1901 1

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Globe, September 28, 1901 3

Globe, September 28, 1901 4

Globe, September 28, 1901 5

Globe, September 28, 1901

In 1903 Gerrard Street was an unopened right of way across the Ashbridges Estate and Duggan’s 5 lots. East of Coxwell it was a poorly-maintained sandy road. Gerrard was opened a short distance east of Greenwood (200 feet to the City limit) and a short distance west of a new street north south off of Queen to Gerrard: Reid Avenue (later re-named Rhodes).

East of Coxwell Avenue the farmlands are mostly undeveloped with some development along Edgewood Avenue and Kingston Road, to the east of Small’s Pond. Small’s Creek was clean and ran down from the Grand Trunk Railway line (now the CNR) to cross Upper Gerrard and empty into Small’s Pond.

This area east of Coxwell was considered part of the little postal village of Norway which sprung up around the corner of Woodbine Avenue and Kingston Road.  It was named “Norway” after the red pine that flourished on the sandy soil there. Red pine was commonly known as “Norway pine” in the nineteenth century.  The Anglican Church of St. John served the people of Midway until St. Clement’s Church was built. The large (and beautiful) cemetery at St. John Norway is the burial place of many of the area’s pioneering families.

 

19030627 TS George Cummings

George Cumming followed Archie Brown as Toronto Golf Club’s pro. He went on to be the Club’s “Old Man of Golf” and Professional for the next 50 years.

 

Club house (2)

By well known Canadian artist C. W. Jefferys. Note the windmill in the background for pumping water up to fill the water tank (not visible) that supplied the Grand Trunk Railway’s steam locomotives. Also note the new extension to the north side of the building.

 

Toronto Star, Sept. 24, 1903 a

Toronto Star, Sept. 24, 1903

Looking south September 25 1903

Looking south September 24, 1903 by C. W. Jefferys

Toronto Star, Sept. 24, 1903 new

 

 

 

Globe, May 11, 1904

Globe, May 11, 1904 Tea on the wide verandah is delightful.

 

Globe, October 4, 1904

Globe, October 4, 1904

Manitoba Free Press, Winnipeg, August 26, 1905 a

Manitoba Free Press, Winnipeg, August 26, 1905

Manitoba Free Press, Winnipeg, August 26, 1905 b

Manitoba Free Press, Winnipeg, August 26, 1905 continued

 

Mable Thomson winner, Toronto Star, September 26, 1906

Mabel Thomson, Canadian Golf Champion, Toronto Star, September 26, 1906

 

Dorothy Campbell, Hamilton, runner up, Toronto Star, September 26, 1906

Dorothy Campbell, Hamilton, runner up, Toronto Star, September 26, 1906

 

Toronto Star, September 26, 1906

Toronto Star, September 26, 1906

 

Toronto Star, September 26, 1906 two

Toronto Star, September 26, 1906

 

 

Golfers and Caddie, 1907, by William James, Toronto Golf Club

Golfers and Caddie, 1907, by William James, Toronto Golf Club

The Canadian Courier, Vol. II, No. 6, July 6th, 1907 Hole 3

The Canadian Courier, Vol. II, No. 6, July 6th, 1907

The Canadian Courier, Vol. II, No. 13 (August 24th, 1907) Lady golfer

The Canadian Courier, Vol. II, No. 13 (August 24th, 1907)

 

Dorothy Campbell, from the City of Toronto Archives

Dorothy Campbell, 1908, Toronto Golf Club grounds, City of Toronto Archives

Globe, March 12, 1909

Globe, March 12, 1909 The Toronto Golf Club failed to negotiate a special deal on taxation with the City of Toronto, probably because it was political suicide for East End aldermen to support such a “goodie” for the privileged members of the Club.

 

Canadian Courier, Vol. VI, No. 6, July 6, 1909 stile scene

Canadian Courier, Vol. VI, No. 6, 1909 Note the stile in the background. These little steps over fences, allowed pedestrian access across fields and roads.

Canadian Courier, Vol. VI, No. 6, July 6, 1909

 

The Canadian courier Vol. VI, No. 6 (July 10th, 1909) bush

Canadian Courier, Vol. VI, No. 6, 1909

Globe, July 3, 1909

Globe, July 3, 1909

Globe, July 10, 1909

Globe, July 10, 1909. The shanties of “Shacktown” on Coxwell Avenue are visible in the background. The presence of these unwanted neighbours violated the club members’ sense of privacy. The lower crust stared at the upper crust through the fence and, although many local boys found jobs as caddies, the gulf between the classes made the golfers uncomfortable. Privacy was an important value to those who played “the Royal Game” then and is still now.

 

Toronto Golf Club 1910 Canadian Ladies’ Championship

Toronto Golf Club 1910 Canadian Ladies’ Championship

1910 Goad's Atlas

Goad’s Atlas, 1910, showing the location of the Toronto Golf Club House

 

Toronto Star, June 16, 1911

Toronto Star, June 16, 1911

 

Bridge over Small’s Creek, Upper Gerrard, Toronto Golf Club grounds, 1911

Summer, 1911, The City of Toronto’s Civic Car Line’s streetcar tracks being laid. This is looking eastward on Upper Gerrard at the bridge over Small’s Creek at Williamson Park ravine.

 

Canadian Courier, Vol. X, No. 22, October 28, 1911

Building Civic Car line on Upper Gerrard Street — with Toronto Golf Clubhouse in background, Canadian Courier, Vol. X, No. 22, October 28, 1911

 

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Civic Car Line Construction – Upper Gerrard Street, 1911 – Bowmore Hill

From rattlesnake hunt to hockey, 1934, p. 189

W. Perkins Bull, From rattlesnake hunt to hockey, 1934, p. 189

 

 

Toronto World, Jan. 22, 1911

Toronto World, January 22, 1911

Globe, January 23, 1911

Globe, January 23, 1911

Globe, March 14, 1911

Globe, March 14, 1911 Harry Colt was a famous golf course designer.

 

Globe, April 29, 1911

Globe, April 29, 1911

 

Dorothy Campbell, Canadian Courier, Vol. X, No. 1, June 3, 1911

Dorothy Campbell, Canadian Courier, Vol. X, No. 1, June 3, 1911

 

 

London Standard, October 9, 1911, London, England

London Standard, October 9, 1911, London, England

 

London Standard, November 9, 1911, London, England

London Standard, November 9, 1911, London, England

 

London Standard, Feb. 1, 1912

London Standard, Feb. 1, 1912

 

Toronto Star, Feb. 12, 1912

Toronto Star, Feb. 12, 1912

 

Toronto Star, October 12, 1900

Toronto Star, Feb. 12, 1912

Globe, March 18, 1912

Globe, March 18, 1912

 

 

Toronto Star, June 18, 1912

Toronto Star, June 18, 1912 Note the somewhat misleading wording regarding sewers, roads, telephone, hydro, etc. This is what comprised “every convenience” at the time. The ad says “Every convenience is already installed in around this property”. Nothing was actually installed there yet and the Civic Car line wasn’t finished so no conveniences except golf greens. $35 dollars a foot frontage was expensive in those days. Craven Road sold for $5 and free lumber.

 

 

Toronto Star, June 19, 1912

Toronto Star, June 19, 1912 The Toronto Golf Club was stilling playing on its grounds while Frederick B. Robins and his sales people where taking buyers out to select lots. The property was already subdivided.

 

Toronto Star, Oct. 21, 1912

Toronto Star, October 21, 1912

 

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Close up of 1912 Subdivision Map

Detail, Toronto Star, October 25, 1912

 

Toronto World, December 26, 1912

Toronto World, December 2, 1912 a

Toronto World, December 26, 1912

Toronto World, December 2, 1912 b

Toronto World, December 26, 1912

 

19130328 TW George Cumming

The new course in Etobicoke and “The daddy of them all”.

From rattlesnake hunt to hockey, 1934, p. 189 new

W. Perkins Bull, From rattlesnake hunt to hockey, 1934, p. 189

 

George Cummings, October 2, 1925

George Cummings, Toronto Golf Club’s Professional for 50 years

 

 

Kingston Gleaner, December 9, 1916, Kingston, Jamaica

Kingston Gleaner, December 9, 1916, Kingston, Jamaica. Canadian golf professionals spent their winters in the Caribbean working at courses there.

 

Afterword: After the Toronto Golf Club moved to Etobicoke

Some street name changes:

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Toronto Star, October 15, 1926

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Globe, January 27, 1927

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Toronto Star, April 2, 1947

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Goad’s Atlas, 1924, the southern part of the Toronto Golf Course Grounds is all built up as is the original few acres of 1876’s course at Queen Street East and Kingston Road.

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Globe, April 14, 1922

Globe, April 14, 1922 This house still remains at the s.w. corner of Gainsborough and Upper Gerrard. Kelvin Park was marketed as “The Beach Annex”.

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The Electric House today.

Aerial shot, 1947. Dominion of Canada photo

Aerial shot, 1947. Dominon of Canada photo.

TIMELINE

DATE Time line to 1912 Toronto Golf Club (Toronto Golf Club)
1801 July 18 Paul Wilcott sold 200 acre property to John Small
1859 Scotland hosts the first Open Golf Championship
1869 James Lamond Smith introduced golf to Toronto
1873 Royal Montreal is the first golf club formed in Canada, and in the present is the oldest continuously operating golf club in North America.
1876 – 1879 James Lamond Smith, Captain  (President) & founder
1876 Toronto Golf Club established
1876-1889 Toronto Golf Club played just north of the Woodbine racetrack on leased land
1880 Toronto Golf Club had 30 members
1880 – 1888 R. H. Bethune, Captain (President)
1882 Organization incorporated as “The Toronto Golf Club”
1886 Aug. 7 Woodbine fire destroys Toronto Golf Club clubs and other equipment
1889 Charles Hunter, Captain (President)
1889 Toronto Golf Club evicted & Course near Queen north of Woodbine subdivided for housing.
1889 Toronto Golf Club had 6 hole short course at Woodbine
1890 – 1891 Col. G. A. Sweny, Captain (President)
1892 – 1893 Sir E. B. Osler, Captain (President)
1894 – 1908 Judge W. Cassels, Captain (President)
1894 Women admitted
1894 Incorporated as the “Toronto Golf Club Association”
1894 Fernhill Land Company incorporated to manage the Fernhill property
1894 Fernhill Land Company purchased 30 acres Fernhill & Opened Club House
1894 Osler Cup presented to the Toronto Golf Club
1895 – 1910 William Troughton, Steward Toronto Golf Club
1895 Archie Smith, Toronto Golf Club Professional
1895 April Toronto Golf Club leased fields to the east, bringing course up to full 18 holes
1895 June Five Toronto Golf Club members charged with violating “The Lord’s Day Act”
1895 First Royal Canadian Golf Association annual tournament
1896 150 members (plus 125 lady associates)
1896 A. W. (Andy) Smith returned to Scotland
1899 Dec. 12 Five caddies charged under “Lord’s Day Act”
1899 May Clubhouse remodeled with an extension on the back known as “the new clubhouse”.
1900 George Cummings Toronto Golf Club Professional March 20 arrives from Scotland.
1900 George Cummings redesigned the course
1901 In and Out Gun Club
1905 George Cumming wins Canada Open
1909 Charles Cockshutt, Captain (President)
1909 A new charter and name is again officially “The Toronto Golf Club”
1909 City of Toronto annexed Midway
1910 – 1912 Col. G. A. Sweny, Captain (President)
1910 – 1912 J. Williams, Steward
1911 Jan. Toronto Golf Club purchased land Etobicoke Creek
1912 Oct. 12 Farewell dinner Club House
1912 Dec. 16 Civic Car line opened
1912 Jan. F. B. Robbins & Henry Pellatt buy Toronto Golf Club land for Kelvin Park Subdivision

 

For more information about the history of the Toronto Golf Club, read Jack Batten’s 1976 book, The Toronto Golf Club 1876-1976.

Jack Batten, The Toronto Golf Club 1876 to 1976

An excellent history and an enjoyable read.

Also see the Toronto Golf Club’s website at:

http://www.torontogolfclub.com/Membership/History2-(1).aspx

Some of the homes, gardens and streets of Kelvin Park on the old Toronto Golf Club grounds. Most are built in the Arts and Craft style. They range from tiny bungalows, “double bungalows” (duplexes), “semi-bungalows” (one and half story houses), villas (two storey houses) to the lovely William Williamson house on Hollywood Crescent with its wrought iron gates and beautiful gardens.

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The graceful evergreen Wood fern grew on the sand soil under the pines of Fernhill. Other species of ferns grew in the wet rich soil of Small’s Creek ravine. Many species have “gone missing” due to the heavy use of this small ravine park.

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Here’s to the ferns of Fernhill, the happy ghosts of the golfers, and the City of Toronto workers who do their best with limited resources to keep access to Williamson Park Ravine open. Here they are rebuilding the stairs:

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Finally please support the Friends of Small’s Creeks Ravines as they watch over, nurture, clean up and restore this little oasis of green on the old Toronto Golf Club grounds.

https://www.facebook.com/smallscreekravines/?ref=br_rs&fref=nf

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