While I’m in Northern Wales on holiday, my latest Sympatico golf column has just hit the web.
And I didn’t write it in my column, but I still think there is no chance Gordon Stollery’s new Montreal course is ready for the 2012 Canadian Open. If I were looking at this, I’d say 2012 goes to either Royal Montreal or Hamilton.
Here’s a taste to get you interested:
Simmons, the executive director of the Royal Canadian Golf Association, the governing body for golf in Canada, announced Wednesday that the RBC Canadian Open would be returning to Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club. When it was last at the historic club, players like Stephen Ames and Vijay Singh gushed praises about its classic, straight-forward layout that represents a distinct contrast from the typical PGA Tour venues.
Of course, it comes with a catch. Currently the Canadian Open follows the British Open. For those lacking a map “ that’s a lot of times zones and eight hours difference between the U.K. and the west coast of Canada. For PGA Tour pros used to the frills of life on the road, including private jets to and from tour stops and courtesy cars when they show up to compete for million dollar pay days, the notion of flying that far will surely be off putting to some. But Simmons is convinced that by returning to Shaughnessy for the Canadian Open, he’s fulfilling a promise to try to bring some luster back to Canada’s one-time golfing jewel.
“This is part of our commitment to excellence and the strategic plan that we created with RBC to bring the Open back to great, classic courses,” Simmons explains.