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Throwback Thursday - Past Canadian Open venues
Through photos, Golf Canada takes a look back at some of the venues which have hosted the RBC Canadian Open.
Golf Canada/ Colin Hegarty
Published on Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013 04:24PM EDT Last updated on Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013 04:36PM EDT
Weston Golf and Country Club
Starting as a 4-hole course in 1909 on the east bank of the Humber River, the Weston Golf & Country Club has transformed into one of the most recognized courses in Canada. Between 1914 and 1915, the course expanded to a nine hole to an 18-hole course. The expansion required the rental of land from the Wadsworth estate on the west side of the Humber River in Toronto, Ontario. In July 1915, the club became an official member of the RCGA - now Golf Canada.
Weston held the Canadian Open in 1955 where Arnold Palmer won his first tour and set a record for the lowest score in Open history that was upheld for many years. In 1990, they celebrated their 75th anniversary by hosting a Skins game that featured Arnold Palmer, Mark Calchaveccia, Ray Floyd and Dave Barr.
Le Club de Golf Pinegrove
In 1957, several members of Montreal’s Jewish community decided to establish the Pinegrove Golf Course. Since then, the club has expanded and now has a membership of just over 500 individuals from every community. Golf Canada designated Pinegrove to host the 1964 and 1969 Canadian Open. The course record was established by Tommy Aaron, who shot a 64 and won the tour in 1969. One of the founding members, Danny Dankoff, has said “Professionals and amateurs have long considered Pinegrove as one of the most beautiful and certainly one of the most challenging golf courses in Quebec and in Canada."
Glen Abbey Golf Club
Opening over 30 years ago and the first solo design of the legendary Jack Nicklaus, Glen Abbey has already hosted the Canadian Open 25 times, adding one more to the tally as it will be hosting the 2013 edition of the RBC Canadian Open.
One of the biggest events happened during the 2000 Open; Tiger Woods hit a shot out of a fairway bunker on the 72nd hole to win by a single stroke. Nine years later, Glen Abbey hosted their record setting 25th Canadian Open, which was also the 100th playing of the national championship.
Mississaugua Golf & Country Club
The initial 9-hole course was drawn up by Percy Barrett in 1906, and then the 18-hole course came to fruition in 1909 when George Cumming laid out the design. The course went through several changes from 1919 to 1928. Most of the changes were made by Stanley Thompson in 1928, where he lengthened the course by 500 yards. The changes were a monumental in the course being chosen to host the 1931 Canadian Open. Mississaugua has since grown and expanded through the years and has hosted many prestigious events. It has held six Canadian Opens, the 2001 AT&T Canadian Senior Open, the 2003 Ontario Amateur Championship and the Canadian Amateur Championship for their centennial year in 2006.
All photos are courtesty of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame archives.