Pioneer golf-course architect celebrated - Government of Canada commemorates Stanley Thompson (1893-1953) as a person of national historic significance

    INGONISH, NS, June 29 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice,
Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the
Honourable Michael L. MacDonald, Senator, today unveiled a Historic Sites and
Monuments Board of Canada plaque commemorating the national historic
significance of golf course architect Stanley Thompson.
    "A pioneer of golf course design, Stanley Thompson used his exceptional
sense of perspective to create visually outstanding courses," said Senator
MacDonald. "We are very fortunate to have what some consider his very best
design, the Highlands Links Golf Course, here in Cape Breton Highlands
National Park."
    In 1922, Thompson set up Canada's first large golf design firm. He
stressed the importance of horticultural and landscape design training to
develop golf architects and competent greens-keepers. Drawing upon emerging
trends in golf course architecture he created elaborate sketches and models to
plan out his holes, bunkers and other features.
    "Stanley Thompson felt that the most successful course was the one that
tested the skills of the most advanced player, encouraged the beginner and
added to the enjoyment of both," said Minister Prentice. "It is truly a
testament to his legacy that he was, and continues to be, a major influence
for golf course architects around the world."
    Born in Toronto in 1893, Stanley Thompson designed or remodeled 145 golf
courses during his career. One hundred and fifteen of his courses are in
Canada, and his designs can also be found in the United States, Caribbean and
South America. Stanley Thompson died in 1953.
    The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of
the Environment regarding the national historic significance of places, people
and events that have marked Canada's history. The placement of a commemorative
plaque represents an official recognition of national historic value.
    The Historic Sites and Monuments Board is supported by Parks Canada.
Parks Canada is also responsible for protecting and operating 162 national
historic sites across the country for Canadians to understand, appreciate, and

For further information:

For further information: Sharon Morrow, Marketing and Information,
Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site Parks Canada, (902) 295-2069
(Also available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

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