Glen Abbey Golf Course News
It is never too early to start planning for spring golf!
The Canadian Open returned to Ontario in 2012 and was held at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club from July 23-29, 2012.
Previously in Oakville, the 2009 Canadian Open was the last time the Open was held here.
The 100th Canadian Open which began July 20, 2009 at the Glen Abbey Golf course concluded with Nathan Green emerging as the winner.
The course had originally been closed from July 13 in preparation for the event. The greens, roughs and fairways received a makeover for optimal conditions. The fairway cut was just under half an inch, avoiding any laying down grass that could slow the ball down. The rough was be groomed to about 4 inches and is hand raked so the grass will stand up. The weather seemed perfect right before the event with even the Valley holes being lush and green this year. Unfortunately, rain created several delays but play was concluded on the Monday with all holes played.
The Glen Abbey Golf Club is located at 1333 Dorval Drive in Oakville, Ontario
Padraig Harrington, winner of the past two Open championships, won his third consecutive victory in the Irish PGA Championship. Jim Furyk on the other hand did not play the Canadian Open this year although he won in 2006 in Hamilton where the 2012 Open will be held.
Greg Norman tied for third just behind Padraig Harrington at the championship at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England. Watson's last Open win was in 1983 but he remains in good form. Last time in Oakville, the scores were low because of all of the moisture and strategy had to be altered to accommodate the start and stop nature of play and wet conditions.
Canadian Open Prep
The weather looked great in this shot taken the day before the open began showing the meticulously groomed course in Oakville. Hopefully the Hamilton event will have better weather, which can be unpredictable in July in the GTA.
The last time Glen Abbey Golf Course hosted the Canadian Open 2009 was from July 20 - July 26, 2009.
The game play hole rotation was different at the Glen Abbey hosted Canadian Open 2009.
In order to save the players about 700-800 steps, they did not start on hole 1 but on hole 4 as follows: The par-4 fourth hole was first, then they moved on to the old holes five through nine, then moved to the seventh hole, (formerly the third hole), and finished the eighth and ninth holes on what used to be the first and second holes. Holes 10 through 18 remained the same.
A treat on Thursday July 23 right after the last putt was sunk ( 6:30pm) was Kevin Costner and Modern West. Yes, this is the actor Kevin Costner from the movies Field of Dreams, Dances With Wolves and Robin Hood who is also a talented lead singer and guitarist for this country rock group.