Article Written by Ryan Murphy
After an absence of three years, the RBC Canadian Open returns to Oakville’s own Glen Abbey Golf Club this July, marking the 26th time the prestigious club has hosted our nation’s open tournament.
Designed by Jack Nicklaus in his first solo design venture, Glen Abbey has had its share of memories while hosting the Canadian Open. In fact, to help golfers remember these moments, there are different plaques around the course illustrating the places where legends of the game left their mark. On the 18th hole, there is the infamous sand trap where Tiger Woods hit an unimaginable shot onto the green to win the 2000 tournament by a stroke, and on the 11th there is a plaque showing where long hitter John Daly crushed a drive into Sixteen Mile Creek at the start of the “Valley Holes”.
While your average player won’t play Glen Abbey in “Open conditions” — penalizing rough, lightning-fast greens — the course itself is still a great test of golf. The rough is quite long, bunkers guard greens in ways that force players to carefully consider shots, and water comes in to play enough to keep most golfers honest.
As most PGA Tour fans will note, the RBC Canadian Open is the only stop on the schedule that lies north of the border. For many golf fans in the GTA and beyond, it’s the only chance to see golf’s best compete without travelling a great distance. Glen Abbey’s open concept course design and stadium 18th green do allow for a large number of spectators, and the ease of navigation makes watching golf at this course an enjoyable endeavour.
Playing over 7,200 yards from the tips, the ClubLink-owned course is certainly a lengthy enough test for touring professionals. For the average golfer, the Gold tees play a more reasonable 6,622 yards and the Blues play a very manageable 6,224 yards.
THE RBC CANADIAN OPEN COMES TO OAKVILLE JULY 22-28.
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