Cedar Brae Golf & Country Club
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Cedar Brae Golf Club is a private golf club located in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Situated in the scenic Rouge River Valley in the north-east section of Scarborough, Cedar Brae is one of the finest, most picturesque golf clubs in Southern Ontario. Designed by C.E. (Robbie) Robinson (a Stanley Thompson disciple) the course offers a challenging par 71 layout measuring up to 6,651 yards.
The original name of the Club was Cedar Brook Golf and Country Club and was member owned from its inception in 1922. The original layout was designed by renowned golf course architect Stanley Thompson and built on 160 acres (0.65 km2) of farm property stretching from Markham Road in the east to Bellamy Road in the west just south of Lawrence Avenue in Scarborough.
In 1935, due to financial difficulty, a group of members formed a company called Cedar Brae Limited and bought the assets of Cedar Brook Golf and Country Club for $30,000. Cedar Brae Limited then set up a new organization called Cedar Brae Recreation Club and leased the property to the new club for $8,000 per year. It is interesting to note that a Senior's dues that year were $50.
In 1939, the club name was changed to Cedar Brae Golf & Country Club. During the war years the Club hosted and entertained many in the service and was involved in raising money for war charities.
In 1954, the property was sold to developers and new property was acquired on the south side of Steeles Avenue. A company formed by Art Bamford, George Frost, and Mac Frost, (Golf Leaseholds Limited), built a new club located just west of the present property.
In 1962, a Senior's dues were $235. That year, Mac Frost traded for the 156 acres (0.63 km2) of land just to the east of the old club known as the Valley. The construction then took place for the new Valley course that was completed in 1969. Renowned golf course architect and Stanley Thompson disciple, CE (Robbie) Robinson, was the designer of the Valley course.
In 1970, members undertook the purchase of the new Valley golf course and clubhouse which would be the new Cedar Brae. Again, the members became the owners of their own course as they had been in 1922. Under the new ownership, operation and control passed to a Board of Directors elected from the general membership for a three-year term.
Some seven years following the opening of the contemporary design, Cedar Brae hosted the 1976 Canadian Women's Open then known as the Peter Jackson Classic. Donna Caponi won the tournament in a playoff over Judy Rankin with a winning score of 212; 4-under par.
Cedar Brae has proven over the years to be a challenging test of golf. As host for both the LPGA and Canadian Tours, and GAO and Provincial Championships and various qualifiers, Cedar Brae has received praise about the layout, course conditioning, and large fast greens that require a deft putting touch.
Started in the year 2000, the Club and property has been evolving through annual "Master Plan" initiatives. Doug Carrick, one of Canada's premier golf course architects and part of Stanley Thompson's "course architect family tree," was engaged to renovate the course in what has been dubbed the "Master Plan." Each year, a project from that plan is selected and started in the fall making it ready for play each spring. Since 2010, Canadian golf course architect Ian Andrew has overseen the latest implementations of the "Master Plan." As Cedar Brae Golf & Country Club moves forward, members can feel proud to belong to a Club with so much history and an eye to the future. In 2014, the club began demolition of the old club house and construction on a new clubhouse which opened in October 2015.
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