RBC Canadian Open - Glen Abbey course preview


RBC Canadian OpenThis week the PGA Tour returns to Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario for the RBC Canadian Open. Scott Bowman, GCSAA member superintendent, has had a wet and unseasonably cool summer, which has been very good for the golf course. The Kentucky bluegrass rough will be at 4 inches again, but much thicker. The bentgrass/Poa annua greens will be rolling 11 ½ feet on the Stimpmeter.
The only change made to Glen Abbey this year is a rerouting of holes to allow easier access from the range to the first tee and less congestion between the green at No. 9 and the tee at No. 10.
No. 11 is the signature hole at Glen Abbey. The tough, scenic par 4 into a valley requires a long carry to a narrow fairway and a full carry over a creek to a very small green surrounded by three bunkers. Bowman is Integrated Pest Management accredited and has Glen Abbey certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. The creek’s valley that runs through the course is home to families of osprey, deer, coyotes, blue herons and owls.

grass type

Grass type:
Tees - Pencross bentgrass; Penntrio bentgrass; Poa annua - .325'
Fairways - Bentgrass; Poa annua - .450'
Greens - Bentgrass; Poa annua - .12'
Rough - Kentucky bluegrass - 4'


Weather: Scattered thunder storms each day, with temperatures in the mid-to-uppers 70s.


Yardage: 7,273 yards, par 71

signature hole

Fun fact: It has been reported that a ghost resides in an old mansion on-property. According to eye witnesses it resembles a Jesuit father, and has been seen 'walking up the back stairs and down the main hallway towards the library.'


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