Big Cedar Point 
Golf & Country Club 

(705) 456-2104

Welcome to BIG Cedar Point
Golf and Country Club 

OUR STORY - A brief history

The Big Cedar Point Golf and Country Club occupies approximately 17 hectares of land south-west of Big Cedar Point, on Lake Simcoe.  The Club is  noted for its scenic location, its proximity to local summer residences and its historical connections with the area.  The Club was established more than 90 years ago in 1931.


In 1914, a local resident established Tent City, a tourist attraction located at the bottom of the Sixth Line.  It quickly became popular with people from the urban areas to the south. The area included a number of seasonal residences, predominantly belonging to people from Toronto.

Tent city hotel

The area included both Jewish and gentile residents and both groups established their own associations. The early gentile residents gathered for Sunday services on the verandahs of their local cottages.  As the population increased, those residents formed The Big Cedar Association in 1922.

Several men in the Big Cedar Association were interested in finding a nearby place to play golf.  The Houston family owned much of the land in the area. In 1930, the Association reached an agreement with King Houston to acquire land north of the 6th Line.  The golfers formed a committee to establish the Big Cedar Point Golf and Country Club.  To finance the purchase and development, they registered a not-for-profit company and sold shares for $100.

Mr. Houston and his son took on the task of clearing the area and developing the golf course.  By 1931, they had readied it for use.  Father and son carried on as greens keepers. King Jr. used horses to maintain the property and did not buy a tractor until 1949.  King Jr. passed away in 1976 and is commemorated by a rock and plaque near the first tee box.

As transportation improved, the area became increasingly popular with Toronto people looking for a weekend getaway.  As a result, well-known celebrities often played at the club – including members of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

An unfortunate aspect of these times was a club policy that discriminated against Jewish people.  Following more recent discussions with the local community, it became clear that the Club needed to bring closure by issuing a formal apology for such policies.  The full text of this apology is posted on the wall of the clubhouse.

Over the years, the Club underwent a number of changes as it evolved from a rustic retreat and into the modern facility that we now enjoy.

·      1961 – the clubhouse was replaced with a larger one

·      1974 – additional land was purchased to build the current parking lot

·      1987 – the first hole was lengthened into its current dogleg format

·      1989 – modern course maintenance equipment was introduced and the club finally acquired a liquor license

·      2004 – the club hired its first full-time General Manager, Mike Jackson, who served there for the next 14 years

·      2005 – the current clubhouse was completed

·      2022 – a golf simulator was purchased and the club continued its evolution into a year-round operation

·      2023 – a new outdoor patio was built


In the spring of 2019, the Club faced a financial crisis.  Declining membership and revenues meant that the Club did not have the funds necessary to open for the 2019 golf season.  As a result, the Club sought and obtained an emergency loan of $150,000 from a local neighbour. The Club also sold some excess wooded land along the right side of the first hole.  That land is set back from the wooded buffer along the right side of the first fairway and is not needed for use as part of the golf course.  As a condition of sale, the purchasers agreed to not remove trees or build on the property.  It is simply a buffer between the golf course and the abutting properties.

Unfortunately, that sale did not solve the financial challenges facing the Golf Club and the board of directors was compelled to consider other options to ensure its survival.

Learning that the Big Cedar Association was in the process of selling its clubhouse, the Golf Club approached the Association to see whether the Association would be prepared to use the proceeds from that sale to fund the Golf Club going forward.

At the same time, the members of the Big Cedar Association, learning of the Golf Club’s financial challenges, became concerned that the Golf Club might cease operations and that the golf course lands might at some point be sold for development or other uses. The members of the Big Cedar Association own cottage properties along the lake and wanted to ensure that the Golf Club property continued to be used as a golf course.  Over the course of 2020, the Golf Club negotiated a mutually beneficial transaction with the Big Cedar Association that was completed in the fall of 2022.

Pursuant to that transaction, the Big Cedar Association advanced $675,000  to the Golf Club, representing substantially all of the proceeds from the sale of its clubhouse property.  While the form of that transaction was a loan, no interest is payable and the loan is never required to be repaid unless the Golf Club ceases to operate as a golf course on the Golf Club property, becomes insolvent or wishes to sell the Golf Club property.  If any of those events occur, the Big Cedar Association has the right to acquire the golf course lands. If it were ever to do so, the Association has agreed that the golf course lands may be used only as a golf course, recreational green space, natural preserve or park land, and may not be developed.

As a result of the advance from the Big Cedar Association, the Golf Club solved its financial crisis.  It has paid off its mortgage and has available to it financial resources that, if properly managed, will ensure the successful operation of the Golf club into the future in perpetuity.  The Board of Directors of the Golf Club has resolved to use the proceeds of the transaction only as a reserve against unforeseen financial losses, capital expenses or similar extraordinary financial events.


With its financial challenges solved, the increasing popularity of golf, the explosive population growth in Innisfil, and the potential closing of other area golf courses, the future of the Big Cedar Golf Club has never been brighter.