The Grand Old Game: A Century of Golf in Canada


176 pages
Contains Photos
ISBN 1-895629-47-0
DDC 796.352'0971






Reviewed by Matt Hartman

Matt Hartman is a freelance editor and cataloguer, running Hartman Cataloguing, Editing and Indexing Services.


This lavishly illustrated coffee-table book marks the centennial of the
Royal Canadian Golf Association (1865–1995). Gordon is executive
director of the Ontario Golf Association and author of the book Great
Golf Courses of Canada, as well as a contributor to and editor of some
Canadian golf magazines. In The Grand Old Game, amid the glossy prints
(many in full color), he features capsule stories detailing Canadian
golfers’ contributions to the sport, culminating in what many
aficionados consider this nation’s greatest achievement—the victory
of Ray Stewart, Dave Barr, and Rick Gibson over the champion U.S. team
at the 1994 Dunhill Cup at St. Andrews, Scotland. Since the book is
bilingual, word for word, cover to cover, its length has been
compromised by half. Considering the hefty price tag, this is a big
drawback for those considering purchase. It would have made much more
sense to have published two separate editions, one English and one


Gordon, John., “The Grand Old Game: A Century of Golf in Canada,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 13, 2024,