In 1929 the eldest son of HM King George V, HRH Edward, Prince of Wales, honoured the Club by becoming it's Patron. Edward was an avid golfer and frequent visitor to the Club while staying at Hatley Castle, the home of James Dunsmuir, which lies next to the golf course. As a result of this honour, the Club petitioned the Canadian Governor-General in April of 1929 for right to use the "Royal" prefix. Two years later on July 29th, 1931, the prefix "Royal" was formally bestowed on us by HM King George V .

The official letters from Buckingham Palace in London, and Rideau Hall in Ottawa, conferring the status of "Royal" on the Colwood Golf Club are proudly displayed in our clubhouse on the Heritage Wall along with our Armourial Bearings which were received in 1996. Also on display is the letter sent to Royal Colwood on the occasion of our 75th anniversary by, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Royal Colwood, Royal Ottawa , Royal Montréal, Royal Québec, Royal Regina and Royal Mayfair are the only golf clubs in Canada with the "Royal" designation from the Monarch, and are part of a select number of golf clubs worldwide with the same designation.

Royal Colwood fosters links with other "Royal" golf clubs around the world through our reciprocal golfing privileges with those clubs. Visit our reciprocal privileges page to link to our 'sister' clubs.