Jhonattan Vegas holds the winner’s trophy as he tries on a Mountie stetson following his win at the final round of the 2017 Canadian Open at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont., on Sunday, July 30, 2017. The Hamilton Golf and Country Club will host the PGA Tour’s Canadian Open in 2019 and 2023.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canadian Open set to return to Hamilton Golf and Country Club in 2019, 2023

HAMILTON — The Hamilton Golf and Country Club has been officially named as host of the RBC Canadian Open in 2019 and 2023, finally confirming what had been anticipated since the membership voted to pursue negotiations for the event back in February.

The official announcement was made Wednesday at the historic course in Ancaster, located along the Niagara Escarpment in the west end of the city. It will be the first time since 2014 that the PGA Tour event has not been held at Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ont., just down the highway.

Glen Abbey will host this year’s tournament July 23-29.

“Hamilton is so great on so many levels,” said Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum. “It’s an exquisite golf course inside the ropes. And the other part of it is, outside the ropes, they’ve got this wonderful canvas, this wonderful property that we can engage fans, host a lot of people, have great and convenient parking, and just make a really great activity for all golf fans.”

Golf Canada was not able to announce a specific date for the tournament because the PGA Tour is currently revamping its schedule.

Speculation has been that the event may move from its current spot in late July to one in June around the U.S. Open. That may increase the attractiveness of the event to the game’s biggest stars.

Since 2007, the Canadian Open has taken place right after the British Open when most A-list players would rather take the week off after playing an overseas major.

This will be the sixth time the tournament has been held at the Hamilton course originally designed by English architect Harry Colt, and will mark the 100th anniversary of its first appearance here in 1919 when James Douglas Edgar won, and a 17-year-old Bobby Jones finished second. It has also hosted in 1930, 2003, 2006, and 2012.

Applebaum said the Hamilton course is also very popular with players.

“One of the really important constituent groups we look to is the PGA Tour players,” he said. “And we’ve been getting phenomenal feedback on really the courses that they like playing, or they look forward to playing, or they have played.

“Hamilton’s one of those classic builds that really suits a lot of players. They know it. They’ve enjoyed it and they’ve been here before. Really there’s a nice groundswell of players looking forward to coming back to Hamilton.”

Lloyd Ferguson, city councillor for Ancaster, said the city has committed to a financial contribution, but would not go into specifics because there are still discussions going on with possible partners.

Glen Abbey has been the most frequent host since the tournament’s inception in 1904 (30 times), but the course’s future has been in doubt since 2015 when owner ClubLink filed plans to redevelop it into a residential area with retail and office space.

Oakville residents and town council have fought back on those plans, designating it a property of cultural heritage value or interest under the Ontario Heritage Act, and in January passing amendments to its zoning bylaws and official plan, as well as a conservation plan to restrict building.

Applebaum said Golf Canada has not ruled out returning to Glen Abbey in the future but is “speaking with a variety of people” about hosting 2020, 2021, and 2022.

“We’ve had a great relationship with ClubLink. They’ve been a wonderful partner and host. And we continue to look forward to focusing on 2018 and having a great championship then,” he said.

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Buccaneers battle Wolfpack in AFL semifinal

The Central Alberta Buccaneers battled the Calgary Wolfpack in the Alberta Football… Continue reading

Raising awareness for Bikers Against Child Abuse

Second annual Raise A Ruckus Against Child Abuse was held at the Red Deer Radisson Hotel Saturday

Central Alberta Yogathon cancelled Saturday

Due to air quality concerns the fourth annual event will take place Sept. 15

City Hall Park construction begins next week

Construction to update Red Deer’s City Hall Park is set to begin… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Jazz at the Lake begins

The 16 annual event began Friday and runs until Sunday in Sylvan Lake

WATCH: Medicine River Wildlife Centre opens new playground

The grand opening of the playground was Saturday morning

Thousands to attend funeral service for officers killed in Fredericton shooting

FREDERICTON — Hundreds of people have lined the route of a funeral… Continue reading

Calgary police officer seriously injured

CALGARY — The Calgary Police Service says one of its officers was… Continue reading

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

MONTREAL — Canadian politicians are adding their voices to the international reaction… Continue reading

‘Four of a dozen kids will not make it:’ Tina Fontaine’s family healing together

WINNIPEG — Melissa Stevenson was just starting her career 18 years ago… Continue reading

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $16 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $16 million jackpot… Continue reading

Hundreds of neo-Nazis march in Berlin, protected by police

BERLIN — Hundreds of neo-Nazis waving flags with the colours of the… Continue reading

Romanian trucker is Genoa bridge’s 43rd victim

GENOA, Italy — The Latest on the Italy bridge collapse (all times… Continue reading

1 dead, 6 injured after building collapse in Nigeria capital

ABUJA, Nigeria — An emergency response chief says one person is dead… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month