Beacon Hall was the inspiration of Bryan Leggett and Bill Carruthers. Their vision was to carve an 18-hole Championship Course through the hills and forest of a 200-acre parcel of land owned by The Toronto and North York Hunt Club and to build an exclusive gated community of 80 homes, aimed at golfers with a true passion for the game.
From the outset, the goal was to create a players’ course for a limited membership, with unrestricted access to the tee and the expectation that foursomes would play in four hours or less.
Tom McBroom was hired to do an initial layout for the course and residential community. But Carruthers wanted further input and journeyed to Florida to meet Bob Cupp who had established his design credentials in Canada through the work he had done as Jack Nicklaus’ senior designer in creating Glen Abbey. Bob Cupp signed on and Beacon Hall became Cupp’s first solo effort. Cupp was involved in every decision made about improvements to the course until his passing in 2016. Mr. Cupp had always acknowledged that "Beacon Hall was wonderful for his career".
After struggling to find a truly great routing for the course, Cupp said he needed more land. The Club then purchased the adjacent 80-acre Teasdall farm to the north where holes 10-12 and the driving range are located today.
As Cupp wrote in 1986, “This is a course for the Members – but with teeth to gain the respect of even the most severe critics, it is possible to create Beacon Hall to be the premier course and Club in Canada.”
The par-72 layout was originally designed to play from three tees blocks: Yellow at 5,341 years, White at 6,347 yards and Blue at 6,962 yards from the tips. After a few minor changes over the years, it now plays up to 7,001 yards from the back tees.
In the winter of 1986, Phil Hardy was hired as the Club’s Head Professional, although construction of the golf course hadn’t started. When the course opened on July 1, 1988 there were just 180 members. Membership grew very quickly as word of Cupp’s “incomparable Beacon Hall” spread quickly amongst the golf fraternity in Toronto and further afield.
For most of its relatively short history, the Club has seen very little outside play. In 1998 as part of its 10th Anniversary, Beacon Hall hosted The Canadian Open President’s Invitational that attracted the likes of Billy Mayfair, Vijay Singh,Tom Lehman, David Frost, Steve Jones, Bob Tway, Scott McCarron and Paul Stankowski, who posted the low round of the day at 5-under par 67. The Club also hosted the 1998 Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship. Michael Hospodar from Brantford G&CC came out on top with a four-day score of even par. More recently, in 2007 Beacon Hall hosted the prestigious Copas de las Americas where current US Open Champion, Webb Simpson, lead the USA team to victory.
Since first becoming eligible in 1990, Beacon Hall has been ranked every year within the Top-10 courses in Canada by SCOREGolf magazine . Together with the recognition accorded Beacon Hall by Golf Digest, these rankings bear testimony to the fact that we have consolidated the Leggett/Carruthers/Cupp vision - incomparable Beacon Hall.