Took a quick romp around Coppinwood this morning with Euan Dougal, the fine Scottish head pro. The course, which I hadn’t seen since last fall, was in fine shape and several of the rougher features, like the pond on the 5th hole, have matured nicely. The course was in the best condition of any I’ve seen this year. Why wasn’t this considered for the 2009 Canadian Open? It would seem to have fit with the course’s needs for some additional publicity and it would have had to have been better than taking the tournament to the Abbey for two years in a row. Interestingly, Dougal, an affable fellow I’ve known for several years, complained that his game was in awful shape. He shot 41 on the front nine from over 7,000 yards, and then birdied the 12th, eagled the 13th and eagled the 15th to shoot 33 on the back nine. Good thing we didn’t play a match, though my 76 should have held up nicely.
On Monday I took a trip down to see Glendale, a quirky, fun and underrated design in Hamilton. Several of the holes were terrific and though it ends with a series of short fours that didn’t knock my socks off, it does have the only true cross over hole I’ve seen in Ontario. The hole in question, a par three, is played across a valley to a green perched on the other side. Players hit over top of the 18th hole. Neat and this one should be in both the Canadian Top 100 list and the Ontario Top 50 list for sure.
Tomorrow (Friday) I’m making a quick trip down to Guelph to see Cutten Club, the course once owned by Stanley Thompson. Ian Andrew is currently preparing for an extensive renovation/restoration and it’ll be interesting to see what he can accomplish. The course has some interesting features, but overgrown trees and other factors had limited shot selection on several holes.
On a personal note, my lovely wife, Jennifer, is due with our second child any day (hour, minute) now. So if I disappear for a while, please head to Bob Week’s blog, or that of Geoff Shackelford. That said, I’ll probably be back sooner than you think. Wish me luck.
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.