Golfing legend Arnold died yesterday at the ripe old age of 87. A few years ago WestonWeb did a short article on Weston Golf and Country Club. The article contains a reference to Arnold Palmer’s early days winning his first PGA title in 1955, here in our neck of the woods.
If you’re not a golfer, you may have wondered about this famous and highly regarded, private 18-hole course set in the heart of Weston. In a beautiful setting by the Humber River, Weston Golf and Country Club opened in 1915 after four friends began golfing in 1909 on a self-made, four-hole course on the east side of the Humber. Scottish golfer and course designer Willie Park Jr. was responsible for the layout. He designed a number of courses in Canada, the United States and Great Britain, of which the best known is probably Sunningdale on the outskirts of London.
Weston was the site of the Canadian Open in 1955 during which golfing legend Arnold Palmer claimed his first PGA tour victory. Palmer, just getting started in golf was so short of money, he slept in a field behind the superintendent’s shed during the tournament. Weston was the turning point in his career and Palmer retains a great deal of fondness for the course. In 2005, shortly before retiring from the game, he returned to Weston in celebration of the 50th anniversary of his victory.
Weston Golf and Country Club has catering facilities and is available for weddings and other occasions. They also operate a curling rink with 6 sheets. A year’s trial golf membership at the highest (Gold) level is $5470, which (according to those in the know) is very reasonable. Membership includes reciprocal access to several courses in Canada and the U.S. including others designed by Willie Park Jr.
A blogger by the name of Frank Mastro has posted a set of photos of the course here.