The Summit was founded in 1912, and was the ninth golf club in the Toronto area. The course was originally laid out by George Cumming, Head Pro at Toronto Golf Club, and George S. Lyon, the top amateur golfer at that time. In 1919 the course, much as it is seen today, was designed by the well-respected and prolific golf course architect, Stanley Thompson, in the same spirit as his other famous courses: Capilano in Vancouver, Banff Springs, Jasper Park in Alberta and Westmount in Kitchener. Like all of them, The Summit stands as a magnificent testimony to his unswerving philosophy of using natural surroundings to enhance the golfing experience.
The land that would become The Summit was then far from the hubbub that was Toronto. Today it still seems far away, if not in distance, then certainly in atmosphere. The founders thought that The Summit lands would provide an ideal environment for golfers who love the game and who know it to be as about as close to an idyll as man has yet found in the sporting world.
Measuring 6,865 yards from the Black Tees, members and their guests are challenged by differing characteristics for each of the 18 beautiful holes. Several holes mandate length off the tee, others require accuracy more so than distance, others yet, reward those with a precise short game. Greens are true, the sand traps strategic, and numerous elevated tees use enchanting natural vistas as backdrops to remind the members why they joined The Summit.
Each club in the bag will come in to play during a round and walking off the 18th green always results in the urge to return to the 1st tee, a short walk away. The Summit truly provides the ultimate for the discriminating golfer: challenge, charm, beauty and class.