Players Thilled With Canadian Course


Its a shame that only three of the top 20 golfers in the world are in the field at the Bell Canadian Open this week. A Monday finish such as occurred at the Deutsche Bank event over Labor Day will do that. But one look at the golf course has many of those who did come feeling absolutely giddy.
Its fabulous, said Loren Roberts. Its classic old-style, up-and-down hills, beautiful, small greens.
Ive played it before some years ago. I think when the guys come in here and see this, theyre going to say, This is in the top five we play all year. Its an old-style golf course we dont get to play very often - I like that kind of golf course.
The Hamilton Golf and Country Club, built back in 1916, is approximately 30 miles from Toronto. Corey Pavin called it terrific when he had a chance to play it this week. The course has the look and feel of many of the tree-lined classics of the flapper era.
Doug Barron said the simplicity of the course is the most appealing factor.

Reminds me of Westchester-type golf course, a Donald Ross-type golf course, he said. You just picture all those kinds of golf courses that you play, and youre ready to go.

'It's old, it's traditional and a wonderful course for a national championship,' said Mike Shea, director of the tournament for the PGA Tour.
It is a chance to play a course seldom seen in the U.S. John Rollins gets excited just thinking about playing it.
'I love the traditional style old courses and I think a lot of the players do,' said Rollins, who won last year at the Angus Glen course in Markham, Ontario in a playoff over Neal Lancaster and Justin Leonard. 'We don't get to play many of them any more. Everybody nowadays is building these big, 7,500-yard courses with big bunkers, big greens, things like that.'
Canadian Richard Zokol is busting buttons over the course and impressions its made. But he is equally proud of the tournament itself.
Were proud, being Canadians, and this is our national championship, said Zokol. Were glad its moving around and its becoming the flavor of a national championship. When we go to golf courses like this, it really helps to make it a tournament that we want it to be.
Bell is in the final year of a five-year agreement. For the next three years, the Canadian Open will move to the Glen Abbey course in Oakville, Ontario, the Shaughnessy in Vancouver and a course in Quebec yet to be announced.
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