Mingay, Fraser bring experience to club
September 21, 2021 By Beaconsfield Golf Club
Golf architects Jeff Mingay and Christine Fraser have been appointed as consulting architects for all future endeavours at the Beaconsfield Golf Club in Pointe-Claire, Que.
Founded in 1904, BGC holds an important place in Canadian golfing history. The original course was laid out by Willie Park Jr., and it was not until 1941 when the club would go on to commission Stanley Thompson to do a complete overhaul of the property. The club has twice hosted the Canadian Open and was the site of the 1920 and 2004 Canadian Amateur.
Working closely with the club’s superintendent Daniel Read, Mingay and Fraser will evaluate the entire facility, addressing everything from bunkers and drainage to tree management and teeing options.
“Throughout the interview and proposal process at Beaconsfield, I fell in love with the place,” Mingay said. “It’s a very distinctive property with unparalleled history, and outstanding clubhouse architecture that also happens to feature one of Stanley Thompson’s most creative golf course designs. Christine and I are very excited about this opportunity to dust off the best elements of Mr. Thompson’s original design while also ensuring that the course functions in a modern context relative to contemporary golfers’ expectations.”
Members of BGC are looking forward to working with the pair of architects, who are both well experienced.
“As part of developing a long-range golf course improvement plan at Beaconsfield, I’m most excited to ensure that the club’s female members are effectively heard and properly represented,” Fraser said. “I think it is really important to create an equitable challenge and more so to ensure that the course provides an enjoyable experience for all types of golfers going forward.”
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