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2016 RBC Canadian Open offers something for everyone

07/15/2016



OAKVILLE, Ont.
– Golf Canada has introduced a number of events to build excitement around this year’s 107th playing of the RBC Canadian Open.

On Saturday July 16, Glen Abbey Golf Club will welcome runners and fitness enthusiasts of all ages for the inaugural RBC Canadian Open 5K Run. Participants will have the chance to race through the historic Oakville, Ont., course – beginning at the first hole before crossing the finish line near the iconic 18th green. Participants will get the full running experience complete with race bibs and timed results.

That same day, Glen Abbey will play host to the CN Future Links Junior Skills Challenge National Event, a golf competition similar to the popular Drive, Chip and Putt. The event will bring together 25 junior golfers from across the country in a test of essential golfing skills: driving, chipping, iron play and putting.

This year’s RBC Canadian Open is also one of the final events before golf makes its long-awaited return to the Olympic Games following a 112-year absence. For the first time since Canadian George S. Lyon won gold in 1904, teams from around the world will compete on international sport's grandest stage. The 2016 Canadian Olympic Golf Team will be officially welcomed by the Canadian Olympic Committee to Team Canada during a FREE public celebration at Glen Abbey on Tuesday, July 19 at 11 a.m. ET.

The RBC Canadian Open will once again celebrate Canada’s Championship with Red and White Day on Friday, July 22. Players, families and fans are invited to wear their brightest reds and cleanest whites to support Canadian golf.

WestJet’s Closest to the Pin Toss returns to offer spectators the chance to win a flight for four. Fans can purchase mini-balls from WestJet volunteers at RBC Water Stations and then take part in the ball toss on the 18th green at the end of each tournament day. Proceeds will go towards supporting Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada.

Located just off the 10th fairway, the Golf Canada Golf Zone offers FREE fun activities for the whole family. Pose for a picture with the RBC Canadian Open trophy or the 1904 Olympic Trophy. Enjoy a bag of popcorn while signing-up for a free Golf Canada membership. Take advantage of phone charging stations and cool down in the air-conditioned environment – all for FREE. While there, experience the storied history of Canadian golf with a tour through the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum.

The RBC Canadian Open is more than just 72 holes of world-class golf – it is one of Canada’s most historic sporting events with activities for golf and sport enthusiasts both inside and outside the ropes. Check out the ZTE Spectator Village for engaging activities from a number of the event’s supporting partners, including CN Future Links junior golf activities, charging stations, giveaways, Tweet Caddies, beer gardens, food trucks and more.

As part of the RBC Canadian Open’s commitment to family fun, admission for kids 17-and-under is FREE all week.

A full listing of events and activities at the 2016 RBC Canadian Open can be found here.

For information on tickets, click here.

Information on parking and directions can be found here.

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