Hamilton G&CC to host 2012 Canadian Open

Golf Canada executive director Scott Simmons confirmed Tuesday that the RBC Canadian Open will be held at Ontario’s Hamilton Golf & Country Club in 2012.

Hamilton last hosted the tournament in 2006. It will be a popular choice with the players, according to Canadian Mike Weir.

“I think it’s great,” Weir said. “Another two great venues coming up – Shaughnessy GC (in Vancouver) next year and then Hamilton. I think the players like that, playing these great golf courses that we have here. Everybody really liked Hamilton the last couple times.”

When Simmons took charge in 2007, he made it a goal to move the national championship around Canada, and restore prestige to the third-oldest national championship worldwide next to the British Open and U.S. Open.

The RBC Canadian Open is contractually obligated to return to its frequent home since 1977, Glen Abbey, in either 2013 or 2014. Royal Montreal, which hosted the 2007 Presidents Cup, remains under consideration as well. 

Tour veteran Stephen Ames, who lives in Calgary, would like the city to host the tournament someday (it never has dating back to 1904), but doesn’t believe such a facility exists in his adopted hometown at the moment.

“There isn’t a current one right now – we’ve looked,” Ames said. “A lot of golf courses have come up and asked about hosting it and we looked at them and asked, ‘Yeah, are you willing to add about 1,000 yards to your golf course?’

“That means cutting trees down, making new tee boxes. They’re not willing to do that.”

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