|The vernerable Scarboro Golf Clubhouse completed around 1912|
But my name was subsequently put forward for membership and after I was accepted, I mentioned it to my friend Holly Horwood, one of Canada's top amateur senior golfers.
"Really?" she exclaimed. "It's an impressive organization and difficult to get in. Many people wait for years, before being admitted."
My first event was a tournament in Montreal at the Royal Montreal and Beaconsfield golf clubs, two of the oldest and established courses in Canada. I included some photos in an earlier blog about Montreal http://gellersworldtravel.blogspot.com/2016/08/six-days-in-montreal_31.html.
This year, the organization celebrates its 100th anniversary and the tournament was accordingly in Toronto. We played at two of the city's most established courses, Rosedale and Scarboro. Rosedale is one of the country's most exclusive clubs (I was told the initiation fee is around $100,000 with a 7-year wait list). It recently celebrated its 125th anniversary.
Scarboro was designed by the legendary golf course designer A.W. Tillinghurst and opened in 1912. In those days the train brought golfers out from downtown and today the GO-TRAIN regularly runs beside the course.
|As we enjoyed dinner the sun started to set over the course. It was a magical scene.|
|For many years, the Canadian Open was held at the Scarboro Golf and Country Club|
|One of the many elegant lounges and rooms.|
|The first tee at Rosedale has a very unique quality. Once you get onto the course you forget you are in the middle of the city.|
|The lobby of the new $28 million + clubhouse at Rosedale. Large fans keep the members cool when putting. (just joking. They're something to do with the drainage system.|
|I was drinking the triple bogey draft.|
|A lot of bald heads and grey hair amongst the members. I felt at home.|
|This would have been a most appropriate license plate for me at Scarboro.|
|While I most certainly didn't win any prizes, my partner and I managed not to disgrace ourselves on the first day.|