Lorne Rubenstein has a good column on the selection of St. George’s for the 2010 Canadian Open. Among those he spoke with were Ian Andrew, the golf designer who conducted the restoration of the club’s bunkering a number of years ago. Andrew is effusive in his praise of the course:
“The one thing I can say for sure is they will all say this is the best course they played all year outside the majors and perhaps Riviera [in Los Angeles],” Andrew said.
Interesting, it was apparently Richard Zokol who swayed the naysayers to vote to hold the tournament:
The members certainly want to see how the pros will handle their gem. They voted 90 per cent in favour of the club taking the tournament. Field said he knew of a dozen or so members who planned to vote no, but who changed their minds when the RCGA’s professional golf advisor Richard Zokol addressed them last week.
“Zokol made an impassioned speech about golf in Canada and our responsibility to it,” Field said.
It’ll be interesting to see how this all turns out. I think it is a terrific move, but apparently there are no guarantees the tournament will be held at St. George’s more than once. Political and club issues kept the RCGA from making a multi-year deal with St. George’s. This could be the real stumbling block behind the RCGA’s desire to create a rotation of courses to hold the Canadian Open.
Lorne’s story is here.