egarded as one of Canada’s most historic and significant golf clubs, Mississaugua’s golf course is a natural jewel hidden in an urban setting. With a history on the property of more than 100 years, Mississaugua offers a classic setting and style, with modern agronomy and conditioning. “Mississaugua’s physical attributes are as enviable as the unequalled calibre of its membership,” wrote John Gordon in The Great Golf Courses of Canada. An easy, charming walk, with holes regularly running along and over the Credit River, Mississaugua has tested the game’s best for decades. The club’s fabled “Big Chief”—the par 5 12th—bettered Jack Nicklaus on several instances, but the course has also created great winners. The flamboyant Walter Hagen, one of the game’s all-time greats, won the Canadian Open in 1931, followed seven years later by another legend, Sam Snead, who also won the country’s top tournament. But Mississaugua is anything but a relic of the past. It remains a challenge and delight for those who play it, and is rare in presenting options and shots that golfers of varied abilities can achieve. The course’s greens were rebuilt in 2007, and now are regularly regarded as among the best in the Greater Toronto Area. According to Canadiangolfer.com, the rebuilt greens brought, “a level of consistency and conditioning to the club that had not been seen in years.” The natural landscape dominates the features of Mississaugua, starting with the opening holes that plunge into the valley surrounding the Credit River. It is here that greatness abounds, including the incredible run on holes that play over and along the river, starting at the par 4 7th, and running through to the par 3 10th. The final hole is one of the best closers in Canada, with its green set on the edge of the valley and perched in front of the club’s outdoor patio. Every great course tells its story over 18 holes. Mississaugua’s tale is unveiled throughout the round, culminating in a conclusion that is unforgettable.
It rightfully takes its place among the great golf courses in this country.
– Ian Hutchison in The Open Golf Championship of Canada
ver more than a century, Mississaugua has been touched by many of the country’s top golf minds. The initial conception for the course belonged to George Cumming, the dean of Canadian golf professionals, and a man behind many of the country’s most historic courses. Cumming, along with golf pro Percy Barrett, created the initial routing for the course, with green alterations suggested by Donald Ross, the legendary architect who created courses like Pinehurst No. 2. But it would be Stanley Thompson who had the biggest impact on the course, rebuilding much of it in 1928. Thompson, the most famous Canadian architect, revamped the course for the 1931 Canadian Open, and though other architects would work on the course in the ensuing decades, the course is largely a product of Cumming’s routing and Thompson’s detail work. In 2007, noted Toronto architect Doug Carrick undertook a complete rebuild of Mississaugua’s greens, bringing agronomic and design consistency to the course. Canadiangolfer.com called the new greens “a remarkable transition.”
A prospectus is issued offering shares in a newly proposed golf course. A year later Mississauga Golf Club of Toronto Ltd. was set up.
The clubhouse at Mississaugua cost $35,000 to build, and is the same one currently used by the club.
Walter Hagen outlasted Percy Allis to win the 1931 Canadian Open. The final round was played in front of more than 4,000 spectators.
Spectators watch the 1938 Canadian Open, which was eventually won by Sam Snead in a playoff over Harry Cooper.
An exhibition match at the club featured head professional Gordon Brydson (right), along with Bill Kerr, Bob Gray Jr., and the legendary Bobby Jones.
Bob Gray Jr. and Stan Horne watch as Ben Hogan tees off in the 1942 Open.
Spectators watch the 1951 Canadian Open, eventually won by Jack Ferrier.
Jack Nicklaus was the game’s biggest star when he appeared at the Canadian Open, but some wayward shots kept him from winning the tournament.
Bob Nichols tips his hat to the crowd after winning the 1974 Canadian Open.
Windsor’s Richard Scott wins his third Canadian Amateur by bettering Calgary’s Todd Halpen.
The World Juniors is held at Mississaugua and features many of the top amateur golfers from around the world.
great club has a great practice facility. Such is the case with Mississaugua, where the practice facility is the first part of the club many will see. Recreated in recent years to meet the demands of the modern game, Mississaugua’s practice facility presents a great opportunity for members to hone their game, perhaps stopping by before work or as the summer evening cools. Our full-year facility includes a championship golf course, an extensive practice area, clinics and programs for golfers of all abilities and simulators for the off season. With instruction from Teaching Professional Nick Starchuk, and under the watchful eye of Head Professional Dennis Firth, golfers at the club have a tremendous opportunity to work and improve their games. Our target greens and a huge natural grass deck, as well as a large putting green, and a facility dedicated to the short game, golfers will practice under the conditions they’ll find on the course.
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