The Islington Golf Club is celebrating its 90th anniversary.
“We recognize that for most people a golf membership is a major purchase decision,” said general manager Dave Fox of the club’s decision to offer a trial membership.
“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,” he added.
Established in 1923 after World War I delayed development, the Islington club introduced the Millar Cup match play event and saw Al Balding win the Millar Trophy in 1952.
More recently, it served as a practice facility for PGA Tour players during the 2010 RBC Canadian Open at nearby St. George’s Golf and Country Club before a clubhouse renovation in 2011.
“I’ve been a member for more than 60 years” said member John Tyers who at age 75, still gets in 50 rounds a year. “This place has become a second home for me and my family and over the years it’s given us a tremendous gift – time to connect.”
The club will host an open house on April 28 from 1-3 p.m. in which golfers can tour the facility and sample cuising from executive chef William Tucker. As well, club professional Phil Kavanagh will conduct a spring swing clinic at the practice facility.
Visitors to the club are amazed to find a course of this caliber so close to the downtown core”, said Fox. “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.”