A Tour That Would Make the Stones Tired

[photopress:rt_photo.jpg,full,alignright]I guess you could insert any band name in the title — but the end result is the same.

I’ll be heading all over Canada for the next month working on my book, Going for the Green: Canada’s Leaders on the Links. I’ll be checking out Victoria, where I’ll finally see Royal Colwood, one of the final remaining good to great courses in Canada that I haven’t seen. I’ll also see Bear Mountain, Olympic View and Victoria GC. Then it is off to Vancouver to see Nicklaus North (again) for my golf series, with CN chair David McLean.

That is followed by a couple of days upcoming in Montreal, to see Mount Bruno again (for the book) and Royal Montreal (for Score Golf). Then it is off to Newfoundland to play with the premier, and jet over to Humber Valley, the new Doug Carrick course that looks like it could be quite special. Upon my return I grab a seat on Westjet and head for Cowtown, playing golf with Ralph Klein, and seeing Stewart Creek for the first time, along with the second course now being built by Gary Browning. Along the way I’ll drop by Banff and Kananaskis, before returning for the Canadian Open at Angus Glen.

But it doesn’t stop there — then I jet off to PEI with IMG to play with executive director Brad Pelletier, and wrap things up with a trip to Nova Scotia to see Ron Joyce and Frank McKenna. Then I’ll stop to catch my breath. Well, at least that’s the plan.

So prepare for this blog to become a dialogue about what I’m seeing and hearing from across Canada. It’ll be a trip, that’s for sure.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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  • Hi There:
    Dave the WestJetter here (both a WestJet employee and an owner too). Sounds like you are going to have quite the adventure. When flying WestJet you can check-in online at, click to our home page, and then click on the link to “Web Check In”, or if you want to have a real good “geek-out”, try your check in from your mobile phone by pointing your mobile browser to When you do either of these, you can check in up to 24 hours in advance of your flight, and also select your seat for your flight.

    I hope you have a great time, and get some great golfing!
    Yours truly,

    P.S.: Sorry – can’t remember for sure, but I think that when you get to the airport you may have to join the regular line to drop off your clubs.

  • you might enjoy Victoria GC – great ocean side par 3s.
    Might see you in Calgary, on our way to Scotland thru Calgary.
    Humber Valley seems to be a great UK sales thing, amazing that Clublink didn’t think of it first!

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