Golf Historical Society of Canada

Regional Play Groups

Regional Play Groups are individual player “hubs” typically linked to one or more local courses which become focal points for historical golf play including pre-1900, post-1900 and classic steel play. In most cases, 10 or more local players meet at a named course on either a regular or periodic basis. Loaner clubs are generally available and you are welcome to bring a friend as a guest. Most weeks when weather permits, our Regional Play Groups are active in at least one location, and it is quite common for players from one play group to join players from another.

The result is that we typically have at least one weekly casual game/event with anywhere from 4 to 24 players running in at least one region. We often informally use a Stableford points scoring system to track how well players are doing each time. Actual scores are generally not that important for most of these casual events, except possibly for individual bragging rights. For most GHSC members, having fun while experiencing historical golf play is the most important achievement.

A Regional Play Group (RPG) typically takes a couple of years to establish roots and GHSC practice is to provide nurturing and support during that important growth period. Currently, GHSC has 10 RPG’s in play or in development, and they are listed below:

  • Barrie Regional Play Group

This includes historical golf players from Barrie, Angus, Innisfil and surrounding areas. Common venues used for play are: Borden Golf’s Circled Pine (1954), and two historic none-hole courses Allandale (1932) and Big Bay Point (1924). For additional information, please contact David Burgess (

  • Cambridge Regional Play Group (Primary Hub)

(Cambridge Golf Club, 1346 Clyde Road, Cambridge ON, N1R 5S7)

This is considered to be a main hub. There are a number of enthusiastic players, who meet for frequent hickory and classic steel golf play throughout the week including weekends. Multiple tee times are booked on Hickory Fridays. All are welcome. For additional information, please contact Lorne Emery (

  • Dundas Regional Play Group (Primary Hub)

(Dundas Valley Golf & Curling Club, 10 Woodleys Ln, Dundas ON, L9H 6Y6)

Private course. Dundas Valley (1930) has a significant group of experienced historical golf players. For information, please contact Ron Archer ( or Bill Southall (

  • Hamilton Regional Play Group

(Oak Gables Golf and Country Club, 1505 Wilson St. W., Jerseyville ON, L0R 1R0)

Often selected for pre-1900 play due to the nature and design of the course. For information, please contact Russel Dick (

  • Kingston Regional Play Group
This one supports Kingston and surrounding areas. For information, please contact Nick Waterfield (eohickorygolf@gmail.comor Bob West (
  • London Regional Play Group

(Tarandowah Golfers Club, 15125 Putnam Road, Springfield ON, N0L 2J0)

Western Ontario regional players group operating near London. Beautiful and challenging links course. For information, please contact Patrick Potter (

  • New Brunswick Regional Play Group

A new initiative for the Maritimes starting in late 2021. We are planning a major Hickory Ambassador excursion to help build the group in 2022. For information, please contact Gary Melanson ( 

  • Niagara Regional Play Group

(Sawmill Golf Course, 856 Sawmill Rd., Fenwick ON, L0S 1C0)

In development in 2021; active at Sawmill (1976). For information, please contact Allan Lew (

  • North Bay Regional Play Group

(Osprey Links Golf Course, 207 Osprey Cres, Callander ON, P0H 1H0)

Now in its second year of development as a Northern Ontario historical players group. Some additional interest was also recently established with a few members of nearby North Bay Country Club (1921). For information, please contact Bill Vossen ( Also, see our Press Room here.

  • Toronto Regional Play Group

In development for 2022. A post-1900 hickory event was held at Humber Valley Golf Course in 2019. For information, please contact George Supol (

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