Dick Grimm

Dick Grimm (centre, kneeling) watches the Canadian Open in 1972.

Richard H. Grimm
Born: April 29, 1923 (Chicago, Illinois)
Died: May 26, 2014

Ontario Golf Hall of Fame (2000)
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame (2003)
Oakville (Ont.) Sports Hall of Fame (2010)


The golf executive Dick Grimm was known as Mr. Canadian Open for three decades of work in promoting the national professional championship.

ImageHis reputation as an amiable though relentless ambassador of the Open is credited with luring the biggest names in golf to the tournament.

He was also involved in the building of the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont., convincing golf legend Jack Nicklaus to be the course architect. Glen Abbey became the home to the Canadian Open from 1977 to 2000. It is also the home of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, in which Grimm was inducted as a builder in 2003.

He handled his first Canadian Open for the Mississauga (Ont.) Golf Club in 1965 and later served as the Royal Canadian Golf Association’s chairman of the Canadian Open in 1970, ’72, ’75, ’77, ’78, ’79 and ’81.

Grimm was an RCGA (now known as Golf Canada) governor for five years and was the RCGA president in 1974.

A decade as director of professional tournaments ended in 1993, when he became commissioner of the Canadian Tour, a post he held until retiring in 1997.

Born in Chicago in 1923, Grimm served with the United States Marine Corps during the Second World War. A graduate of Yale University, he came to Canada in 1948, working in the concrete business with former hockey star Joe Primeau.

Grimm was made a lifetime member of the PGA (Professional Golfer’s Association) of Canada in 2012. Awards for golf journalism and for volunteering bear his name.


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