For years they said they weren’t interested in a return engagement with the Canadian Open, but apparently a mounting clubhouse bill and plans for additional projects at Hamilton Golf and Country Club changed the minds of members. Last night 70% of them voted in favor of hosting the tournament, which should bring the club about $1-million in revenue.
Hamilton hosted the Canadian Open in 2003 and 2006, with the last one coming when the RCGA ran into problems and couldn’t find a venue. Apparently the club felt they didn’t make as much money on the 2006 event as they should have which led to the notion that they weren’t interested in hosting again.
Of course 2012 is six years after the last one, and there will be a whole generation of players who don’t know it. But there are others — Weir, Furyk, etc — who will recall it fondly and it continues the list of classic courses the tournament is using (St. George’s this year, Shaughnessy next…)
Hard to see this as anything but a positive.