COMPETITION

The Venues

The Royal Montreal Golf Club

The Royal Montreal Golf Club was the first official Golf Club in North America. The Club was the host of the first Canadian Open championship in 1904 and has been host to eight other Canadian Opens: 1908, 1913, 1926, 1950, 1975, 1980, 1997, 2001 and 2014. The course has seen the likes of golfing greats such as Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods and has crowned nine champions including J.H.Okes, Albert Murray and Scott Verplank.

Royal Montreal

16th hole at The Royal Montreal Golf Club, the blue course, Ile Bizard

Royal Montreal

The 1997 Canadian Open saw crowds flock to Ile Bizard to see the young Masters Champion, Tiger Woods. But they had to hurry as they could only see him on Thursday and Friday. The 1997 Open was the first time Woods ever missed a cut.

Toronto Golf Club

The Toronto Golf Club hosted the Canadian Open five times: 1905,1909, 1914, 1921, and 1927. The Open was hosted twice on its original course on Kingston Road and three times at the present location, the H.S. Colt-designed course on Dixie Road. Home professional George Cumming won the first Open played at the club, but his student, Karl Keffer won it the next two times.

Toronto Golf Club

The original clubhouse at the Toronto Golf Club, site of the 1905 and 1909 Canadian Open championships.

Toronto Golf Club

The original Toronto Golf Club was located on Kingston Road, at the east end of Toronto from its beginnings in the 19th century until the city began to encroach on the course. The Kingston Road location pictured here during the 1910 Canadian Ladies’ Championship.

Ottawa Region

Royal Ottawa Golf Club

Aylmer, Quebec is home to The Royal Ottawa Golf Club. The Royal Ottawa Golf Club has hosted two Canadian Opens: 1906, 1911 and crowned Charles Murray as champion at both championships.

Royal Ottawa

The Clubhouse at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club. The Royal Ottawa moved to its current Alymer, Quebec location in 1901. The site of two Canadian Opens, Ottawa would receive the “royal” prefix in 1911.

Rivermead Golf Club

Host of the Canadian Open in 1920, the Rivermead Golf Club of Aymler, Quebec saw J.D. Edgar become Champion.

Rivermead

Ottawa Hunt Club

The Ottawa Hunt Club was host to the 1932 Canadian Open where Harry Cooper captured his first of two titles.

Ottawa Hunt Club

The 6th hole at the Ottawa Hunt Club, host of the 1932 Canadian Open. LAMBTON GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

The Lambton Golf & Country Club

The Lambton Golf & Country Club of Toronto, ON has been host to a number of important championships over the years but its most significant were the four Canadian Opens it hosted in 1907, 1910, 1925 and 1941.

Lambton

Lambton Golf & Country Club clubhouse, circa 1910

Lambton

This aerial shot of the Lambton Golf & Country Club is from the 1941 Canadian Open Championship, won by Sam Snead. Lambton not only hosted the championship on four occasions, but Lambton professional Percy Barrett won the title on the course in 1907.

Greater Toronto Area

Rosedale Golf Club

The Rosedale Golf Club hosted the Canadian Open twice, in 1912 and 1928. Although the course was initially laid out by Tom Bendelow the layout was implemented by the club’s professional, W.J. Locke. The 1912 Canadian Open was famed American Golfer, Walter Hagen’s, first professional competition. In 1919 Donald Ross was hired to redesign the course. It was on the Ross designed Rosedale that Leo Deigel won his 3rd Open in 1928.

Rosedale

This plan shows the layout of the property when it was purchased and demonstrates how the river crisscrossed the valley.

Rosedale

The 8th hole of the redesigned Rosedale.

Lakeview Golf Club

Lakeview Golf Club has hosted two Open Championships:1923 and 1934. Herbert Strong designed the Misssissauga, ON course where C.W. Hackney (1923) and Tommy Armour (1934) would win titles.

Lakeview

Left to Right, Gene Sarazen, Tommy Armour and Walter Hagen, three of the most powerful names in golf of the time, at Lakeview Golf Club, 1934. Armour would win the championship that year for his third victory, while Hagen was the 1931 champion. Sarazen never took the Canadian Open home, but came close, finishing runner-up in 1924 and 1926.

St. Andrews Golf Club

Toronto’s St. Andrews Golf Club hosted the Open in 1936 and 1937- the only place to hold back-to-back Opens until the creation of Glen Abbey- before it felt the impact of the growth of the city and was plowed under to create the Highway 401.

St Andrews

Thornhill Country Club

The Thornhill Country Club of Toronto, ON was host of the 1945 Canadian Open where Byron Nelson was crowned Champion.

Weston Golf and Country Club

Weston Golf and Country Club of Toronto, ON was designed by Willie Park JR and was Host of the 1955 Canadian Open.

Weston

After capturing the 1955 Canadian Open championship, his first PGA tour victory, Arnold Palmer demonstrates his reverse C finish for Canadian Sport Monthly magazine’s instruction section.

Angus Glen Golf Club

Angus Glen Golf Club was host to two recent Canadian Opens, 2002 and 2007. In 2007 Jim Furyk became one of a few golfers who have won two consecutive Canadian Open titles.

Angus Glen

The 18th green of Angus Glen is ringed with throngs of spectators for the exciting 3 way playoff, Sunday of the 2002 Bell Canadian Open

Angus Glen

Little known John Rollins was ecstatic when he won a three way playoff for the 2002 Canadian Open championship at Angus Glen. He defeated multiple winner Justin Leonard and journeyman Neal Lancaster for the title. Lancaster had led throughout the day, to falter on the second last hole, dropping strokes to end up in the playoff with Rollins and Leonard.

Scarboro Golf & Country Club

Scarboro Golf & Country was host to four Canadian Opens: 1940, 1947, 1953, and 1963. Three of these events were decided by one stroke and the only time the margin was two shots was when Bobby Locke defeated Ed “Porky” Oliver in 1947.

Scarboro

The original 18 holes at Scarboro were laid out in 1912, but in 1924, the club hired A.W. Tillinghast to remodel 11 of the 18 holes. Highland Creek winds its way through the course and comes into play on 12 holes.

Scarboro

The par-four 18th at Scarboro Golf & Country Club has seen many memorable moments during the four Canadian Open played there, including the third birdie in-a-row by Dave Douglas who went on to win the 1953 Open by a single stroke over Wally Ulrich.

Scarboro

With his win at Scarboro in 1947, Bobby Locke of South Africa became first non-North American winner of the Canadian Open. Locke fired four rounds in the 60s to finish at 16-under-par, two strokes better than American Porky Oliver. After the prize presentation Locke was given a standing ovation and then hoisted to shoulders by fellow countrymen who were now residents of Canada.

Hamilton Golf & Country Club

The Hamilton Golf & Country Club has hosted the Canadian Open four times over the span of 90 years, including 2006 event where Jim Furyk won his first of two consecutive Canadian Open Victories. Hamilton was also host to the open in1919, 1930, 2003 and 2012.

Hamilton

Play on the third green at Hamilton Golf & Country Club, where J. Douglas Edgar won his first of two consecutive titles. Hamilton Golf & Country Club had only recently relocated to their Ancaster home when it hosted the 1919 Canadian Open.

Hamilton

The 1930 Canadian Open at Hamilton was another stellar tournament. Tommy Armour blazed his way around the course over the final 18 holes of regulation play – shooting a 64. Four-time champion Leo Diegel and Armour went to a 36-hole playoff to decide the title. Armour shot 138 (69-69) to defeat Diegel by three strokes.

Hamilton

Canada’s first Masters champion, Mike Weir, came to the 2003 Open championship both as the hometown favourite and as a player with a better than average shot at the title. Hamilton was a course he had played successfully in the provincial amateur championship and he was at the top of his game. And he wasn’t short of fans – joking that he was even given standing ovations when he left the port-o-lets. Mike wasn’t to win this Open, finishing tied for 10th, but he gave it a valiant effort.

Hamilton

It took three playoff holes, but 43 year-old Bob Tway finally defeated Brad Faxon to capture the 2003 Canadian Open and in the process became the oldest player to win the tournament, eclipsing 1964 champion Kel Nagle by a year.

Mississaugua Golf and Country Club

Mississaugua Golf & Country Club has hosted the Canadian Open in 1931, 1938, 1942, 1951, 1965, 1974. The 1951 Open tournament was won by Jim Ferrier, who successfully defended the title he had won at The Royal Montreal Golf Club a year earlier. Ferrier remained the last player to win back-to-back Canadian Open titles until Jim Furyk’s 2006 and 2007 Victories.

Mississauga

The 18th hole was a deciding factor in most of the tournaments, shown here in 1965.

Greater Montreal

Mount Bruno Golf Club

Mount Bruno hosted the Canadian Open twice in the span of two years, 1922 and 1924.

Mount Bruno

Included in the field for the 1922 Canadian Open held at Mount Bruno Golf Club were five past champions – George Cumming, Charles Murray, Percy Barrett, Albert Murray and Karl Keffer – and eventual winner Al Watrous. Mount Bruno also hosted the 1924 Open where Leo Diegel won his first of his record four titles.

Kanawaki Golf Club

Host of the 1929 Open where Leo Diegel won the $400 first place first.

Summerlea Golf & Country Club

The Summerlea Golf and Country Club of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec was host to the 1935 Open.

Summerlea

Summerlea Golf & Country Club was the site of the 1935 Canadian Open, won by Gene Kunes.

Beaconsfield Golf and Country Club

Beaconsfield Golf and Country Club of Pointe Claire, QC hosted the 1946 and 1956 Open.

Beaconsfield

Among the Canadians entered in the field at the 1946 Canadian Open at Beaconsfield, were (left to right) Stan Leonard, Bob Gray, Gordie Brydson and Fred Wood. Leonard finished tied for second, capturing the Rivermead Cup, while Brydson finished tied for seventh, Wood, 16th and Gray 24th.

Beaconsfield

The flag is raised at the 1956 Canadian Open at Beaconsfield Golf & Country Club, won by amateur Doug Sanders.

Islesmere Golf and Country Club

Montreal’s Islesmere Golf & Country Club was host of the 1959 Open

Le Club Laval-sur-lac

Montreal, Quebec’s Laval-sur-le-Lac hosted the 1962 Open where PGA Tour great Gary Player was disqualified after the 1st round when he recorded the wrong score on the 10th hole. He’d won the PGA championship the week before.

Laval

Californian Charlie Sifford attended the 1962 Canadian Open in part to raise the profile of African-Americans on the PGA Tour. He was one of only 16 of the top 100 players on tour to play there in 1962.

Laval

Manitoba’s Wilf Homenuik took low Canadian honours in the 1962 Open at Laval-sur-le-Lac, but he was a year late. The Rivermead Trophy for low Canadian had been discontinued after 1961.

Pinegrove Country Club

The Pinegrove Country Club of St. Luc, Quebec was host to the 1964 & 1969 Canadian Open.

Pinegrove

Pinegrove Country Club played host to the Canadian Open in 1964 and 1969. Australian Kel Nagle edged Arnold Palmer and Raymond Floyd at the 1964 Open to become, at the time, the oldest player to win the title. Five years later, Tommy Aaron fired a final-round 64 to force a playoff with Sam Snead. Aaron won the 18-hole playoff, beating Snead by two strokes (70-72).

Montreal Municipal Golf Club

Montreal Municipal Golf Club was host of the 1967 Open, won by Billy Casper and the first time it was held on a public golf course..

Richelieu Valley Golf Club

The Richelieu Valley Golf Club has hosted two Canadian Open Championships: 1971 and 1973.

Royal York / St. George's Golf and Country Club

Toronto’s Royal York Golf Club was renamed the St. Georges Golf and Country Club in 1946. This club has hosted five Open Championships: 1933, 1949, 1960, 1968 and 2010.

Royal York
Royal York

Opened in 1929 the Royal York Golf Club was planned to be a weekend spot for customers of the Royal York Hotel.

Riverside Golf and Country Club

The Riverside Golf & Country Club of Saint John, New Brunswick was host to the 1939 Canadian Open where Harold “Jug” McSpaden was Champion. This was the only time the Open has been held in the Atlantic region.

British Columbia

Shaughnessy Heights Golf Club

Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Heights Golf Club was host of the 1948 Open.

Shaughnessy

In 1948, for the first time, the Canadian Open traveled west of Ontario landing at Shaughnessy Heights Golf Club in Vancouver, where Charlie Congdon sealed his victory on the 16th hole with a 150-yard bunker shot that stopped eight feet from the cup. The birdie gave him the lead and Congdon went on to win by three shots.

Point Grey Golf and Country Club

Point

Point Grey Golf and Country Club of Vancouver, British Columbia was host of the 1954 Open where Pat Fletcher took home the $3000 prize.

Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club

Host of the 1966, 2005 and 2011 Canadian Open Championships, Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club of Vancouver, British Columbia recently crowned Mark Calcavecchia Champion.

Shaughnessy

The 11th hole.

St. Charles Country Club

Winnipeg’s St. Charles Country Club was host to the 1952 Open.

Royal York

Winnipeg’s St. Charles Country Club hosted the 1952 Canadian Open and saw Johnny Palmer set the 72-hole scoring record of 263 that still stands after more than 50 years.
Palmer’s rounds of 66-65-66-66 bettered the old mark set by Bobby Locke in 1947 by five shots.

Mayfair Golf and Country Club

Edmonton’s Mayfair Golf and Country Club was host to the 1958 Open.

Mayfair

At the 1952 Open, Twenty-six year old Wes Ellis was 9-under-par over the final two rounds and edged Jay Herbert by a single stroke. With three holes to play, Ellis seemed secure with a three-shot lead, but after bogeying the 16th and 17th holes, and landing his approach at the final hole in a greenside bunker, a playoff loomed. Ellis, however, got up and down, and his total of 269 was good enough for the win.

Niakwa Country Club

The 1961 Canadian Open at Winnipeg’s Niakwa Country Club was nicknamed the “Umbrella” Open. Till that point Winnipeg’s summer was perfect and dry until the rain came down through all four days of the July Tournament.

Niakwa

Charlie Sifford putts over the rain soaked Niakwa Golf Club in Winnipeg at the 1961 Open. The winner, young Jacky Cupit was only one year into his professional career when he shot a remarkable 66-69-64-71 to establish and hold the lead.

Southwestern Ontario

Westmount Golf and Country Club

Kitchener, Ontario is home to the Westmount Golf and Country Club who hosted the 1957 Canadian Open.

Westmount

The 1957 Open at the Westmount Golf and Country Club

London Hunt and Country Club

Kermit Zarley won the 1970 Open, hosted by Ontario’s London Hunt and Country Club.

Cherry Hill Golf Club

Small town Ridgeway, Ontario was host of the 1972 Open at Cherry Hill Golf Club. A popular choice of venue, it drew rave reviews by the players, specifically the 1972 Champion Gay Brewer who called it the best course he has ever played in Canada and Arnold Palmer who suggested the Open be held there the following year.

Cherr Hill

In 1972, Rod McIsaac of Great Nothern Capital (Later Genstar), found out first hand the difficulties courses like Cherry Hill posed for spectators. After the tournament he approached RCGA officials with the idea of turning his company’s Oakville golf course into a permanent location for the Canadian Open.

Essex Golf and Country Club

Windsor, Ontario’s Essex Golf and Country club was host of the 1976 Canadian Open, where Jack Nicklaus finished second behind champion Jerry Pate.

Essex

Essex Golf & Country Club near Windsor came to the rescue in 1976 when it was determined that the newly-built Glen Abbey wasn’t ready to host the Canadian Open.

Glen Abbey Golf Club

Glen Abbey Golf Club of Oakville, ON is often referred to as the unofficial home of the Canadian Open as it has hosted the championship more than 25 times. Some of the great champions crowned at Glen Abbey include Lee Trevino, Bruce Lietzke, Peter Oosterhuis, Greg Norman, Curtis Strange, Nick Price, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh & Jason Day.

Glen Abbey

Many an Open has been won or lost on Glen Abbey’s par-5 18th hole over the years, making the walk down the fairway short for some and longer for others.

Glen Abbey

The 18th green at Glen Abbey, in the shadow of the clubhouse, doesn’t look nearly as intimidating as it does ringed with 10,000 fans on Sunday afternoon of the Canadian Open.

Glen Abbey

The 11th hole at Glen Abbey is widely considered its signature hole. John Daly certainly left his mark and in fact a plaque is permanently displayed on the back tee deck recounting Daly’s attempt to reach the green with his tee shot. His ball landed in the creek, but Daly still managed a respectable 12th place finish in his first Canadian Open.

Glen Abbey

In 2000 Tiger Woods dueled with Grant Waite over the final 18 holes before finally subduing the New Zealander on the 72nd hole with what is probably the most memorable shot of his illustrious career so far. Holding a one-shot advantage, Woods found his tee shot in a fairway bunker and after watching Waite put his second shot 30 feet from the hole, decided he had no choice but to go for the green. Woods sent a 6-iron over the flag 218 yards away and then had a chip and a putt for title-clinching birdie. With the victory, Woods became only the second golfer to capture the U.S., British and Canadian Opens in the same year, earning him the Triple Crown trophy.

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