Jim Johnstone

Jim Johnstone

Born: September 1st, 1897 in East Lothian, Scotland

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, 1926,1927
  • CPGA Champion 1928 and 1933 CPGA (Millar Trophy) Champion
  • Three-time qualifier for the United States Open
  • Achieved Master Professional status with the CPGA in 1974
  • 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 designed the following golf courses:

  • Donalda Club
  • Sleepy Hollow Golf Club
  • Don Mills Golf Centre
  • Cedarhurst Golf Club 

Johnstone served as an Architectural Consultant on the following golf courses:

  • Bayview Country Club
  • Willows Golf Club
  • Meadowvale Golf Club
  • Magnetic Hill Golf Club

Served as Head Professional:     

  • Riverview Golf Club (now called Galt Country Club), 
  • Rosedale Golf Club 
  • Box Grove Golf Club

Hall of Fame Induction History:

  •             Ontario Golf Hall of Fame          2014
  •             PGA of Ontario Hall of Fame    2020

Source: Golf Ontario Hall of Fame