Founded in 1893 in Moore Park as a 9-hole course and moved to Rosedale, Toronto in 1895–1896 on what is now Rosedale Field. It was a 15 acres eighteen hole course that ran along Highland Avenue from just west of the Rosedale Field to as far as Glen Road and just north of Summerhill Avenue.
In 1909, the course moved north along the Don River to its current site between the neighbourhoods of Teddington Park to the west, Lawrence Park to the south, The Bridle Path to the east and Hoggs Hollow to the north.
The club has hosted several tournaments including the Canadian Open in 1912 and 1928. In more recent years, the club has elected to only host tournaments that cause little disruption to the membership. The course record of 63 is held jointly by Greg Norman and former Rosedale assistant pro, Lorne Rowe.
The present course was initially designed by the American designer Thomas Bendelow, but within a decade was re-worked by golf course architect Donald Ross. It plays to par 71 (73 for ladies) and is 6,525 yards in length. Each hole on the course is distinctive, with water in play on 9 of the 18 holes, big elevation changes and tight, rolling fairways. Because of its exclusivity, Rosedale has not been played by many golf writers or professionals, and therefore does not appear on many of the golf course ranking lists; however, those who have played the course rank it as one of the best "classic" golf courses in Canada.
Other clubs in Toronto:
- Lambton Golf Club
- Scarboro Golf and Country Club
- St. George's Golf and Country Club
- Toronto Golf Club