Golf course architect Stanley Thompson was a genius. Shortly after his death, the Ottawa Citizen wrote of him: He left his mark on the Canadian landscape from coast to coast. No man could ask for a more handsome set of memorials. Jim Barclay has now written this definitive account of Stanley Thompsons careera career that in some ways is stranger than fiction, but was immensely contributive to the creation of the playing fields of golf. Known as the Toronto Terror, Stanley was not without his faults, but certainly no one can deny that he was one of the most colourful figures in the history of course design, a profession that is not immune to flamboyance.