oshof home page
OSHOF Marquee

athlete image
Introducing Dick Grimm


Born in Chicago in 1923, Dick Grimm was a graduate of Yale University and served with the United States Marine Corps during the Second World War prior to coming to Canada in 1948.

He initially worked in the concrete business with former hockey star Joe Primeau, eventually becoming a golf executive affectionately referred to as "Mr. Canadian Open". Grimm is responsible for laying the foundations that built the Canadian Open into the prestigious tournament it has become today. He initially spearheaded the Canadian Open in 1965 in Mississauga, Ontario, working relentlessely to make it a success and ensure that it would continue to be successful and grow into a major annual championship.

Grimm served as chairman of the Canadian Open for the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA), now known as Golf Canada, in 1970, ’72, ’75, ’77, ’78, ’79 and ’81. Grimm was also an RCGA governor for five years and served as RCGA president in 1974.

In the mid 1970's, Grimm was involved in the building of the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont., convincing golf legend Jack Nicklaus to become 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.

After a decade as the Director of Professional Tournaments for Golf Canada, Grimm was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1993, the year that he left Golf Canada to take on the role of Canadian Tour Commissioner. He would remain Tour Commissioner for the next several years, until his retirement in 1997.

But Grimm, of course, wouldn’t let retirement stop him from contributing to the world of golf. He continued to serve on numerous committees for Canadian golf and in 2011 was awarded the inaugural George Cumming Distinguished Service Award by the PGA of Canada. According to the Canadian PGA, this award is designed “to recognize outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf”—qualities that Grimm has undoubtedly shown throughout his entire life. Grimm was made a lifetime member of the PGA (Professional Golfer’s Association) of Canada in 2012.

Grimm passed away on May 14, 2014 at the age of 91. From his first Canadian Open in 1965 right up until the very end, Grimm touched many lives in the world of Canadian golf.


OSHOF Marquee