The perfect mix of classic and modern.

That’s Summit—a course is playable for everyone, but still strong enough to present a challenge for the best players, and all the while being an enjoyable and occasionally joyous walk.

The Designers

Summit’s pedigree of golf architects has few rivals within Canada. Started by George Cumming, the legendary Scottish golf pro who worked his most of his 50-year career as the Head Professional at Toronto Golf, the course was altered by Stanley Thompson, the dean of Canadian golf designers. In recent years, Doug Carrick, perhaps Canada’s finest modern golf designer, rebuilt greens and reconfigured several holes, en route to presenting the best version of Summit yet.

Click on one of the designers to the left for more information regarding the mark they left on Summit.

George Cumming

Scottish by birth, Cumming came to Canada to work in the golf business, becoming the Head Professional at Toronto Golf Club when the club was located in the east end of Toronto. He quickly established himself as having an eye for course construction, picking the sites for several courses, including Scarboro Golf Club, and the new home of Toronto Golf Club. After the conclusion of World War I, Cumming went into business with the Thompson brothers, Stanley and Nicol. As Nicol was also the Head Professional at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, the partnership didn’t last long, and soon Cumming has off on his own again. Over his career, Cumming was responsible for crafting the routings of many of Canada’s classic designs.

“Having thoroughly examined the proposed grounds for Summit, I would report that, in my opinion, a good course of eighteen holes could be laid out,” Cummings told the club in 1912. “In addition, I think the outlook and surroundings are extremely picturesque, which is always a consideration in selecting a golf course.”

George S. Lyon

The winner of the Olympic Gold Medal for golf in 1904, Lyon was a founding member of Summit and was asked to assist Cumming on the design. It would be the only course Lyon is credited as having a hand in the design.

Stanley Thompson

Generally regarded as the best golf architect Canada has produced, Thompson played a central role in refining Summit into the course it is today. Noted for his work on courses like Jasper Park Lodge, Banff Springs, and Capilano, his bold bunkering and ambitious routing skills are fully on display at Summit. Thompson came to Summit following the war, with a budget of $16,000 and instructions to get the course into a championship state. Thompson had the course prepared for the official launch in 1921. For the second time, George S Lyon was in the first group to play the newly revised Summit. Thompson last worked on Summit in 1938, proposing a modernization strategy the club did not undertake.

Doug Carrick

A member at Summit for much of his life, Doug Carrick is often heralded as the best modern golf designer in Canada, a man responsible for many great modern courses, including Eagles Nest, Bigwin Island, Humber Valley, and Osprey Valley. The late Bob Cupp, a former associate of Jack Nicklaus and the designer behind courses like Beacon Hall, worked on Summit in the 1980s, but in the following decades, any changes to Summit have been guided by Carrick.

In recent years, under the guidance of Carrick and Summit General Manager and former PGA Tour pro Ian Leggatt, Summit has undergone an ambitious plan to improve the playing conditions of the course. Carrick, who has worked on more than 25 of Thompson’s designs, rebuilt all of the course’s greens using modern agronomic practices, removed trees to open up vistas, added new tees for length, and completely reworked the course's short par 4 seventh hole, now called “Carrick’s Corner.” Carrick’s work at Summit has been widely celebrated.

Incredible history with
modern flourishes.

Ranked highly in SCOREGolf’s Top 100 in the country, it is the ambition of the members to make Summit the No. 1 club for golfers in the country. That means making the golf course the central focus of the club, and in recent years architect Doug Carrick has undertaken an ambitious restoration of the club’s greens, making them among the best in Canada.

Junior Golf:
Share our Passion

At Summit, we recognize the future of the game will be developed by engaging the next generation and showcasing why golf can be a part of their life. With that in mind, we’ve developed teaching programs designed to encourage children to learn and enjoy the sport. From summer golf camps to our golf academy and off-course family activities, Summit’s programming was conceived to involve your entire family.

With direction from former PGA Tour winner Ian Leggatt, Summit’s junior program is designed to instill a life-long affection for the sport. We love the game, and we want your kids to love it as well.

For more information, contact: Jon Blomme, Director of Instruction HERE.