The Course and Golf Facilities
With the club founded in 1926 when a group of Toronto businessmen purchased a farm north of Toronto, Oakdale hired Stanley Thompson to craft the initial nine holes, with the designer adding nine a few years later. Canadian designer Robbie Robinson added the final nine in 1957.
Now nearing a century since it opened for member play, Oakdale remains one of Canada’s great golf clubs. Sure, the setting has changed—once located on a dirt road north of the city, Oakdale is now in an urban hub, making it ideal for those living in Toronto.
The course, with its three nines, is magnificent, rambling over rolling land, with the picturesque Black Creek running throughout the design. The course is complemented by a full practice facility, allowing members to hone their games, and PGA of Canada Professionals run an active list of golf events throughout the year.
Playable and easily walked, Oakdale is one of the great city courses in Canada. Restored in recent years to Thompson’s vision by noted architect Ian Andrew, Oakdale is as vibrant and vital as it was when it first opened.