History

The original Canterbury Course was designed by one of our founding members, Englishman, Herbert Strong. Mr. Strong was an excellent player in his own right, but his ability to design a golf course would be his enduring legacy.

Strong finished his 18-hole design in 1922 and the course was open for play on July 1st of that year.Not long after Strong had finished with his design at Canterbury did a man by the name of Jack H. Way make his mark on Canterbury. Way was "Mr. Everything" for the Club from the early 1920's to the early 1940's. He had a passion for golf course design and recognized the importance of the conditioning of the golf course. His commitment to presenting one of the finest conditioned golf courses has carried over for many generations. Golfing legend Sam Snead was quoted as saying he'd "much rather face a rattlesnake than a downhill two-footer at Canterbury." Way also realized that for Canterbury to attract Major Championships, he needed to make some changes to the course. So starting in 1928 Way spearheaded changes to the second nine which would put Canterbury at the forefront of conversations about golf's best Major Championship venues.

Way was succeeded by 1938 Masters Champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Henry Picard as Golf Professional. Picard was a man of high character and his favorite pastime was standing on the 1st tee in his white shirt and tie watching members tee off, offering tips on how to improve their golf swings. One of those famous Picard tips proved most useful for one of golf's all-time greats, Ben Hogan. Picard urged a struggling Hogan to weaken his grip. And, as they say, the rest is history. Years later, Hogan dedicated his book, Power Golf to his friend, Henry Picard. Way and Picard set the tone for the importance of the Club's Golf Professionals, a precedent that all future Professionals hope to uphold.

From the 1932 Western Open to the 2009 Senior PGA Championship Canterbury has hosted 13 Major Championships.Canterbury is one of only two Clubs in history to have hosted all five of the men's Major Championships that rotate sites. (The US Open, PGA Championship, US Amateur, Sr. US Open and Sr. PGA Championship). And the list of champions is equally impressive.


1921
1921 Canterbury Founding

Canterbury Development is underway

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1922
1922 Opening Day, July 1, 1922

Canterbury Opening Day

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1932
1932 1932 Western Open

32nd Western Open comes to Canterbury
Sir Walter Hagen won his record 5th Western Open by a single shot over Olin Dutra.

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1937
1937 1937 Western Open

Ralph Guldahl posts a 4 shot victory over Horton Smith to take home the 2nd of his 3 straight Western Open titles.

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1940
1940 1940 US Open

Lawson Little, called "Tarzan of the Tees", wins the 1940's US Open against Gene Sarazen and Porky Oliver.

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1946
1946 1946 US Open

Lloyd Mangrum emerges victorious after a 3 way 36 hole playoff with Byron Nelson and Victor Ghezzi.

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1964
1964 1964 US Amateur

William "Bill" Campbell wins over long time friend and rival Ed Tutwiler.

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1973
1973 1973 PGA Championship

Jack Nicklaus' 14th Major Championship, breaking Bobby Jones' record for career major championship titles.

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1979
1979 1979 US Amateur

Mark O'Meara outdules a magnificent field to win the 1979 US Ameteur Championship.

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1983
1983 1983 Senior T.P.C

Canterbury Golf Club is chosen to host the inaugural Senior Tournament Players Championship. Miller Barber bests a Gene Littler to take his 3rd of 5 career senior major victories

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1984
1984 1984 Senior T.P.C.

Arnold Palmer's first of two Senior T.P.C. titles at Canterbury.

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1985
1985 1985 Senior T.P.C.

In an 11 shot victory over Gene Littler, Arnold Palmer wins his 9th Senior Tour Championship

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1986
1986 1986 Senior T.P.C.

Chi Chi Rodriguez wins his first of 22 Champions Tour victories.

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1996
1996 Senior U.S. Open

The 5th USGA Championship played at Canterbury. Dave Stockton wins in by two strokes over Hale Irwin

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2009
2009 Senior PGA Championships

Michael Allen wins in a two shot victory over Larry Mize.

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