Posted 7.7.15 @ 0:0
Hold on to your seats golf lovers! The Canadian Open is bound to be back at Glen Abbey next year! Find out more below!
On Familiar Grounds
Just a few weeks ago, Golf Canada CEO Scott Simmons announced that the 2016 Canadian Open will be hosted by Glen Abbey. Not surprising, as Glen Abbey hosted the event in 2008, 2009, and 2013.
Tournament director Brent McLaughlin will at least have some pressure off of him as he manages the RBC Canadian Open this month, since Glen Abbey is also the site for Golf Canada’s offices in which McLaughlin is a long-time staff member. He will be taking over the position of tournament director from Bill Paul who had the position for an outstanding 23 years.
The turnover event will kick off on July 20-26 and is truly something that McLaughlin is looking forward to. He’s been quoted saying, “This is a home game for us . . . the venue sets up perfect for us,” and, “When you do the day-to-day stuff closer to home it’s nicer from a personal standpoint.” We totally agree!
The Perfect Place
Who wouldn’t love the Glenn Abbey golf course? It is indeed perfect! Every fan can see every putting green and there is always a great spot to watch from. Bonus are the trees where one can watch in comfort and it is easy to walk to follow up with what’s going on.
No wonder the Glen Abbey golf course has been the venue for the tournaments in 2008, 2009, and 2013. With its 7,273 yard, par-72 course, plus the fact that it is no other than legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus who designed the course, it really is one of the best places to play golf in Canada.
A Tournament Organizer’s Dream
Having an event at a familiar place has a lot of benefits for the tour organizers (as well as our local economy). With the venue being the same in recent years, this allows for easier and better planning. Past plans can still be used and modified for this year, and even fans will find things to be a lot much easier to follow, especially for the non-locals who will be flying out to Oakville just to be able to witness the tour first hand.
McLaughlin shares that he admits he has some pretty big shoes to try to fill, but he also has some nice tricks up his sleeve to make this year’s event extra special and fan friendly. Some of his ideas are having viewing areas, food trucks, and outdoor patios. He basically wants to turn it into a festival! And of course, who can say no to that?
McLaughlin further states that his focus is to make the 2016 Canadian Open be a community event for Oakvillians, to turn it into one of the biggest parties to never miss, and one which would unite the community as a whole. We hear you Brent and we’re with you!
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