A city councillor wants to make Hamilton the home of Canadian golf.
Sam Merulla is introducing a motion at Wednesday’s city council meeting seeking approval to start the process of convincing Golf Canada to turn King’s Forest Golf Course into the permanent home of the Canadian Open and the new site of the organization’s corporate offices.
The current headquarters for Golf Canada, the sport’s governing agency, are located at Oakville’s Glen Abbey Golf Club, which also serves as the semi-permanent host course for the Canadian Open tournament.
But ClubLink, owner of the Glen Abbey property, announced in the fall that it plans to redevelop the site into a residential community at some point in the next few years, meaning both the tournament and the Golf Canada offices will need to relocate.
“I’d like to provide them with an incentive to come to Hamilton,” said Merulla, the Ward 4 councillor. “We’re only half an hour away from them.
“From an actual geographic perspective, it’s within the same region so it makes a great deal of sense.
“If IBM can come to Hamilton, so can they,” he added.
I don’t even know where to start with this one. On its face, it is an interesting concept—a public golf course, a muni even, would hold the RBC Canadian Open. That hasn’t happened, to my recollection, since the days when it was held at Montreal Municipal Golf Course in 1967.
The only issue is, well, everything about the idea. King’s Forest would need a new clubhouse, new practice facilities and the golf course would need a complete overhaul. Peg that at total at a minimum of $20-million and you’ve got an issue. Hamilton will never pay that and Golf Canada can’t.
So basically that’s the end of that idea.