II-172609 | "Bonnie Lassies" group, Montreal, QC, 1909

"Bonnie Lassies" group, Montreal, QC, 1909
Wm. Notman & Son
1909, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  female (19035) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
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Keys to History

Golf, another sport that appeared at the end of the 19th century, quickly became a favourite among women, especially bourgeois women. What was it about golf that women found so appealing? Was it the skills required in order to play it well, including concentration and self-control? Golf had developed in the 15th century in Scotland, where it was the national sport, but the game came to Canada much later. Given that golf requires large, open expanses of land, it was not played in urban centres, but in rural settings. Golfers thus tended to be those who could afford to travel out of the city for recreation. Women gravitated to golf relatively early in the history of the game, forming ladies' golf clubs in several large Canadian cities.

  • What

    Women golfers normally wore a light coloured skirt and a red jacket, similar to the ones seen in this photograph.

  • Where

    Women flocked to golf courses all across the country, especially after the founding of a national association of women golfers in 1913.

  • When

    Alexander Dennistoun, a native of Scotland residing in Montreal, founded the first golf club in North America, in 1873.

  • Who

    In 1892, the first club of women golfers in Canada was founded at the Montreal Golf Club.