Golf Course Management

APR 2019

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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66 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.19 AT THE TURN (renovation) David McPherson History in the making Hamilton Golf and Country Club, host to this June's RBC Canadian Open, has a storied past, a bright future and a veteran superintendent leading the way. "If you have the money to spend, there is no reason why you should not have one of the finest golf courses in America." — Harry Shapland Colt, in a letter to Hamilton Golf and Country Club prior to his visit in 1914 Famed British golf course architect Harry Colt, whose work includes such courses as Royal Portrush and Muirfield, predicted more than a century ago that Hamilton Golf and Country Club would become a special place. One hundred and five years on, as some of the best golfers in the world will see come June when the facility hosts the RBC Canadian Open for the sixth time, this vision is a reality. Hamilton G&CC is not only one of the oldest clubs in the Americas, but it also perennially ranks as one of the top five courses in Canada. Hamilton opened in 1894. Since then, the club in Ancaster, Ontario, has hosted the Cana - dian Open five times. e first, in 1919, featured two of the most legendary names in golf — Bobby Jones and Francis Ouimet — but it was J. Douglas Edgar who made history at that event, winning by 16 strokes, a PGA Tour record that still stands as the largest margin of victory. e other players to win the Canadian Open at Hamilton G&CC are Tommy Armour (1930), Bob Tway (2003), Jim Furyk (2006) and Scott Piercy (2012). For the past three decades, Rhod Trainor, CGCS, has called this course home. Trainor ar - rived at the club in 1990. is year is his last. Is there a better way to wrap up a successful 30- year tenure than hosting his fourth PGA Tour event on the centennial of the year the club first hosted Canada's national open? For the past three decades, Rhod Trainor, CGCS, has called this course home. This year is his last. A drone's eye view of the 18th fairway at storied Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, Ontario. In June, the historic venue will host its sixth RBC Canadian Open. Photos courtesy of Hamilton G&CC

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