Situated on the heritage-designated former Raydor Estate, the present course was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus in his first foray in championship course design. Prior history included indigenous hunting grounds, sawmill, Jesuit monastery and country club. As of 2007, majority ownership of the club property changed to predatory billionaire property developer Rai Sahi of Morguard Corp., who as of September 2015 called for the site’s destruction.
It is Canada’s most famous golf course for now 42 years, and has also been home to Golf Canada and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. As of this July, it will have hosted 30 Canadian Open Championships, more than any other course, with the first having been in 1977. Many historic sports achievements have occurred on this course, including a shot by PGA star Tiger Woods regarded as the most spectacular both of Woods’ career and in recent PGA Tour history.