James (Jimmie) Johnstone – Class of 2004





Born in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland on September 1, 1897.

  • As a 15-year-old, he apprenticed under his uncle, the head professional of the Pretoria Golf Club.
  • It was in South Africa where Jimmy honed his playing ability and learned about golf course maintenance and development.
  • 1923 Orange Free State and Basutoland Open Champion
  • 1923-1924, Head Professional at the Riverview Golf Club (now called Galt Country Club) in Cambridge, Ontario.
  • 1926-1927 CPGA Champion.
  • 1928, 1933 CPGA (Millar Trophy) Champion.
  • Three-time qualifier for the United States Open.
  • 1925-1953, Head Professional at the Rosedale Golf Club in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Upon resigning from Rosedale, Johnstone embarked on a new career; in conjunction with millionaire developer - Nelson Davis, the two developed the ultra-private Box Grove Golf Club in Markham, Ontario.
  • Achieved Master Professional status with the CPGA in 1974.
  • Johnstone designed the following golf courses:
    1. Donalda Club
    2. Sleepy Hollow Golf Club
    3. Don Mills Golf Centre
    4. Cedarhurst Golf Club, Beaverton, Ontario
  • Johnstone served as an Architectural Consultant on the following golf courses:
    1. Bayview Country Club
    2. Willows Golf Club
    3. Meadowvale Golf Club
    4. Magnetic Hill Golf Club
  • In 1957, Johnstone received the prestigious Canadian Industrial Design Award for his revolutionary power-mated technology, in which the distribution of weight in a set of irons increases progressively from toe to heel and top to bottom. Johnstone sold the design license to the PGA Golf Company in 1970.
  • Jimmy Johnstone passed away on September 1, 1976