4. Westmount Golf & Country Club, Kitchener

Westmount by Brent Long3 web

Score: 57.53

With many of the holes cut from bush and swamp, the labour was often unforgiving in nature for architect Stanley Thompson’s troops in carving out this pure test of golf in northwest Kitchener. But when the course was opened to members in 1931, the results were worthy of the effort.

Although away from the spotlight of many of the province’s top clubs, Westmount continues to shine in the view of our well-travelled rankers, who espouse the virtues of its cozy tree-lined fairways and exceptional green complexes—great evidence that one does not need excessive length and abundant hazards to resist par.

Thompson’s genius is exemplified by the drivable 284-yard par-4 8th, where the fairway’s left side swallows errant tee balls, but anything right leaves a demanding pitch to a green that cants away from players.

Thompson disciple Robbie Robinson has also left an imprint. To make room for a driving range, the first three holes were removed in 1961 by Robinson, who designed and built three new holes to accommodate—Nos. 5-7—in a seamless integration that upped the course par from 71 to 73.

“If you like Stanley Thompson you’ll love Westmount,” says panelist Michael Shapira. “Perhaps overlooked by some because of its location, it holds its own against any of the good doctor’s other creations. A great piece of land, loads of challenge, interest, fun and consistently good conditions. What else could you want?”

 

PANEL COMMENTS

“Kickin’ it old school. The loveliest parkland course I know.” —David Sanders

“A stunning property seemingly made for golf, Westmount may have the best collection of par-4s in Ontario, including No. 8, my favourite short par-4 in the province.” —Matt McKay

“One of Stanley Thompson’s finest creations. Every club in the bag will be used. —Tim McCutcheon

 

 

 

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