How To Research Your Club History

For those of you who are thinking, ‘I would like to begin research on my golf club, but I don’t know where to start,’ we would like to offer some tips on the best ways to find the information you need.

Step 1: Form a History Committee

•    Have each committee member read several club histories.
•    Look over several other publications about the history of sport in Canada.
•    Decide whether your goal is:
         o    To publish the history in order to commemorate an anniversary?
         o    To record the information for possible future publication?
         o    Just to gather the information, informally, for the club’s records?

Step 2: Begin the Search!

The first task of the committee is to inform your members of what you are doing. Members tend to collect exactly the kinds of information you will require. Ask specifically for old club papers, photographs, trophies or other memorabilia you can borrow, photograph or copy. Instead of spending hours looking for something that might be right under your nose, ask your members what they have! 

For more modern clubs, consider doing  oral history interview with your older members , who may remember still remember pivotal events, and  can provide a boundless source of anecdotes. (Keep in mind that no-one’s memory is entirely reliable all of the time; so if at all possible, try to find more than one source.)

There are a lot of primary sources to help you find information. Look for:

•    Minute books
•    Club newsletters
•    Tournament records
•    Old photographs

If your golf club has had members who have won a provincial or national title, or if any such championships were ever held at your course, definitely make the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame (CGHF) a priority when sourcing information. If you aren’t within driving distance of the CGHF in Oakville, ON, write to the Curator who can gather information on these events for you. All member clubs have access to free research and referencing – a great resource at your fingertips!

Step 3: Sort and Organize

When your research and collecting is done, sort through the material and put it into chronological order. With the information organized in this way it will be easier for you to determine the specifics unimportant dates, key figures and major events. Any club history should have information about founding members, location changes, changes in layout, the evolution of the clubhouse, membership growth, staff and tournaments.

For information on where to search click here.

Photographic Collection

The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame is home to the largest collection of golf photography in Canada with more than 50,000 images. Our photographs include historical black and white images, personal scrapbooks from Hall of Fame members and contemporary photographs from the amateur and professional tournaments of Golf Canada.

Photo Management Database

The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame has just introduced a new online photographic database to ease the process of searching for historical and contemporary photographs. You may visit our Photo Management database to search from thousands of images which have been made available online. This database is an ongoing project and will be updated daily with new pictures of artifacts, historical photographs and images of this year’s tournaments and events.

We are constantly building our digital archive, and if you do not find what you are looking for, please contact us at

To order a photograph off the Photo Management database, record the Image Tag # which is located at the top right corner of the page. Send an email, with the Image Tag #, to

Photograph Printing

Some of the prints in our collection are available for reproduction. Please click here for a full fee schedule for photographs.

Tournament Results:

We are pleased to maintain an almost complete record of everyone who has played in a national championship with the RCGA/Golf Canada and the CLGA, and their results. This includes full results for the Canadian Open since 1904, the Canadian Men’s Amateur since 1895, the Canadian Women’s Amateur since 1901 and all the LPGA events that have been held in Canada, since 1966.

To search by name, tournament or date, click here.