Golf Canada today announced next year’s CN Women’s Open — going to Hillsdale in Montreal, an interesting selection and a golf course with a neat history. Nice to see the women’s top event heading to interesting courses — now how about Scarboro G&CC in 2012?
At the same time, rumors have increased that Golf Canada is trying to strike a deal to bring the RBC Canadian Open back to Hamilton, maybe even in 2012. Members of the club were sent notes telling them nothing would be done without their approval, which suggests that a discussion has been had. Of note, 2012 is the last year RBC is committed to the Open, though I have every indication that the bank wants to continue. But chief brand officer Jim Little recently told me all of the bank’s golf deals — including the arrangement with the PGA of America — come to an end in 2012.
However, Golf Canada needs the tournament to continue and has to plan beyond that time. Currently Shaughnessy is the last announced Canadian Open in 2011.
So if Hamilton is once again serious about hosting the tournament, who else might be in the mix? I’m hearing Beacon Hall is interested — and one has to wonder why it couldn’t go to the course in Aurora. It is easy to access, has great facilities, a strong course and lots of space for tents and hospitality. Why wouldn’t they consider the course — it would also fit the bill of bringing the Canadian Open to the best courses in the country, and I understand the club is keen on investigating the possibility.
If one throws Hamilton and Beacon Hall in the mix, adds a dash of Glen Abbey, and the Mike Weir/Ian Andrew project in Laval goes forward, it would appear the Open could be set through 2017. And at least we could stop talking about it and settle into the fact that courses had been selected, decisions had been made and a rotation — such as it is — had been set.
Of course I wouldn’t expect announcements on any of this until early next year, at which point RBC will have agreed to move forward with the sponsorship or backed away.
As for the notion of a new date, I think the bank would stay right where it is if its sweatheart deal to hold the event after the British Open remains in place.