Mike, Peter, Bill, Greg - 16th Green
Consider this — there are 32000 golf courses in the world and international experts agree that Highlands Links ranks in the top 100 courses worldwide! This is a remarkable fact and places Highlands Links among the most famous courses ever created. Our group believes that a monument recognizing the course designer, the legendary Stanley Thompson and the Ingonish community which provided the land and labour for its creation, is a worthwhile undertaking and long overdue.
Our group is interested in hearing from anyone who shares our vision and is interested in contributing to the creation of the monument. If you would like to be part of history and enhance Highlands Links' status as a National Treasure please contact any of our members by clicking the "Contact Us" link at the top of the page.
Contributors at any of the contribution levels listed on the "Donation" page will have their name(s) engraved on one of the bronze plaques that form part of the monument. Additional information about our Society and Highlands Links is available throught the links provided on the top of this page. Be sure to check out the "News" link and read about the improvements that are being made to the course.
Thank you for visiting and we look forward to hearing from you.
HL's Aerial Photo by Warren Gordon
The Builders - Ingonish Work Crew 1938
#2 - Tam O'Shanter circa 1941
Stanley Thompson image depiction used with permission from our friends at the Stanley Thompson Society
"What Stanley Thompson accomplished at Highlands Links during the late 1930s is nothing short of genius. There is such a tremendous variety of holes there – which is the result of an brilliant routing that takes full advantage of the natural attributes of the property." ............... Jeff Mingay
"Highlands Links is Canadian architect Stanley Thompson's masterpiece. He designed the rambunctious course in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in the late 1930s, and it remains Canada's most intriguing layout." .............. Lorne Rubenstein
"The blend of holes is altogether unique. For those golfers who like the randomness of links golf and properly flighting the ball in the wind from an awkward stance, the early and late holes are as good as it gets. Conversely, the golfer who prefers mountain golf takes delight in the middle stretch of holes with their stunning backdrops. To the best of the author's knowledge, no other course in the world so successfully combines these two generally disparate forms of golf into one harmonious course." ............... golfclubatlas.com 2006
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November 2011 Update: The Highlands Links Stanley Thompson Historical Society is pleased to announce that creation of the Stanley Thompson statue has started. The statue commission has been awarded to Canadian Scluptor Robert Dey of Paris, Ontario who has started work on creation of the statue effective November 24th, 2011.
During the coming months we will provide updates and pictures of the statue as it makes it's way from model to mold to finished product. Interested parties are encouraged to check back on this site for these updates as well as check in on the "Friends of Stanley Thompson" Facebook page where updates and pictures will be posted.
Our group is still in need of contributors as we still require funds for the completion of the bronze plaques that will form part of the installation at Cape Breton Highlands. If you would like to make a contribution please click the link above for further information.
Feb. 2012 Update: here is a recent picture of the life size model that will become the foundation for the bronze statue. The sculptor first creates the life size figure in a special clay material and once acceptable in terms of details etc. The statue begins a long process of creating molds which will be used to cast the statue in bronze at the foundry. Stay tuned for further updates from the foundry.
Feel free to check in at the Friends of Stanley Thompson and Highlands Links Facebook page to check on updates and please share with your friends.