It has been maligned, written off and redesigned, but despite all of this, the Canadian Open is still going to be played at Angus Glen.
Therefore Mike Weir dropped by yesterday to play a round with a couple of friends and take a look at the changes. I didn’t bother to wander up — having spent time with Weir earlier in the week — but Globe columnist Lorne Rubenstein did.
Lorne spends a lot of time in the column talking about the conversations that happened within the foursome, but he did get Weir to say this about the course:
Weir said the course was a little more demanding off the tee than it was six years ago, and that driving, as well as controlling the ball from pitching areas and rough around the greens, would be important during the Canadian Open.
“The rough is heavy,” he said. “It’s not really long right now. It will be longer in a month, but even now the little bit that’s out there, it’s very heavy, so it’s tough to get the ball airborne and get a consistent strike out of the rough.”
Rubenstein’s entire column is here.
It is hard to say what Weir made of the course or the changes. I know he asked me a lot of questions about it when I spoke with him a week ago.
Oh, and if you are interested in the changes that have been made to the course, check out Ontgolf.ca’s video, with interview footage of Davis Love discussing the alterations. It is located here.