Glen Abbey Golf Course

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Glen Abbey Golf Club
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Club information
Glen Abbey Golf Course is located in Canada
Glen Abbey Golf Course
Glen Abbey Golf Course is located in Southern Ontario
Glen Abbey Golf Course
Coordinates 43°27′07″N 79°43′08″W / 43.452°N 79.719°W / 43.452; -79.719Coordinates: 43°27′07″N 79°43′08″W / 43.452°N 79.719°W / 43.452; -79.719
Elevation 120 metres (390 ft)
Established 1976; 42 years ago (1976)
Owned by Clublink
Total holes 18
Tournaments hosted Canadian Open
Greens Bentgrass
Fairways Bentgrass / Poa annua[1]
Designed by Jack Nicklaus
Par 72
Length 7,273 yards (6,650 m)
Course rating 74.7
Slope rating 132
Course record 62 - Greg Norman (1986),
John Merrick (2013)
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Glen Abbey Golf Club is located in Oakville, Ontario and was the first solo design by Jack Nicklaus in 1976. It is one of Canada's most famous golf courses[2] and is home to the Golf Canada and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. It has hosted 25 Canadian Open Championships, more than any other course, with the first having been 1977. As of 2005, Glen Abbey is owned by Clublink.

A distinguishing feature of the Glen Abbey course are the "Valley Holes", numbered 11 through 15.[3] On number 11, a par 4, players tee off a cliff to a fairway that is approximately 60 feet below on the valley floor. The second shot must clear Sixteen Mile Creek to the green. Holes 12, 13 and 14 all use Sixteen Mile Creek as a hazard of one form or another. Number 15 is a short par 3 with a sharply-sloping green, after which players climb out of the valley to the 16th hole.

The 18th hole is notable due to its connection to Tiger Woods, who, in the final round of the 2000 Canadian Open, hit a six-iron shot 218 yards from a bunker on the right side of the fairway to about 18 feet from the hole. The shot was all carry over a large pond that guards the green. In doing so, Woods proceeded to defeat his playing partner Grant Waite and won the tournament. The shot is regarded as one of the most spectacular both of Woods' career and in recent PGA Tour history.[4]

In 2009, Mark Calcavecchia set a new PGA Tour record with 9 consecutive birdies in his second round of the Canadian Open. After having started the round on the 10th hole, he birdied holes 12 through 18, then holes 1 and 2 of the front nine.[5]

Redevelopment plan[edit]

ClubLink Corp, the owners of Glen Abbey, filed an application in October 2015[6] to redevelop the property into a residential community, with offices and retail stores. There is no provision for a golf course in the plan.[7] The Town of Oakville Council responded in August 2017 by declaring the golf course a heritage site under the Ontario Heritage Act. This would make it more difficult for ClubLink to develop the area as it had planned, with 3,222 housing units. 69,000 square feet of commercial/retail space and 107,000 square feet of office space.[8][9][10] Golf Canada was also concerned since it could not predict whether it could get the necessary permit to hold the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey in 2018.[11] Eventually, the event was in fact held at Glen Abbey.[12]

The Town of Oakville formally rejected the plan to demolish the golf course in a unanimous vote by the Planning and Development Council on February 12, 2018. In late July 2018, ClubLink was awaiting a Superior Court decision on its plan to request a demolition permit. If the court decides in favour of the Town, ClubLink will not have a right to appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).[13]


  1. ^ "RBC Canadian Open" (PDF). GCSAA. Tournament fact sheets. July 2017. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  2. ^ Passov, Joe (June 20, 2010). "Travelin' Joe's Guide to Canada Golf Courses". Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  3. ^ Thompson, Robert (21 July 2013). "Course review: Glen Abbey Golf Club". Canadian Golfer. Archived from the original on 17 July 2014.
  4. ^ Phillips, Randy (6 June 2012). "Tiger Woods's greatest shot was at Canadian Open". The Gazette. Archived from the original on 17 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Calcavecchia has 7-under par 65 Rd.2 at 2009 RBC Canadian Open (video)". PGA Tour. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
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  7. ^ Brian Milner (27 Oct 2015). "ClubLink files to redevelop Glen Abbey into residential community". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
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