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No April Fool's Joke... Glen Abbey will close!

April 1, 2016

This post is not really about house painting or deck staining or cabinet refinishing.  Well it sort of is because Grant Painting Group provides all of those services to homeowners in Oakville...  This is a "sign of the times" post.  Read on:

 

If anyone would have suggested a decade ago that venerable Glen Abbey in Oakville would close down and give way to housing development it would have been akin to a silly April Fool's joke.  But a joke it is not!

 

The iconic home to 27 Canadian Open tournaments will be a memory within a few years and it is simply a case of economics.  And that is not the first time Canada has witnessed the destruction of a world class golf course to urban sprawl.  Toronto's St. Andrews Golf Club hosted the Canadian Open in 1936 and 1937 before it felt the impact of the growth of the city, and was ploughed under to allow for the creation of Highway 401.  St Andrews was the only course to hold back-to-back Canadian Opens until the creation of Glen Abbey.

 

Glen Abbey was designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1976 for the Royal Canadian Golf Association, to serve as the permanent home for the Canadian Open championship. In the mid-1990s, the RCGA decided to move the championship around the country, and continues to alternate between Glen Abbey and other clubs.

 

Glen Abbey is probably most remembered for the unbelievable shot made by Tiger Woods in 2000, which he has stated is "probably the most memorable shot" of his career.

 

On the 72nd hole, in dwindling daylight, Woods battled Grant Waite for the title.  Woods held a one shot advantage but found his tee shot in a fairway bunker.  After watching Waite put his second shot 30 feet from the hole, Woods decided he had no choice but to go for the green. He snapped a 6-iron from 218 yards, carried a lake and settled just past the flag. A chip and a putt gave the Tiger the title-clinching birdie. With that victory, Woods became only the second golfer to capture the U.S. Open, Open Championship and Canadian Open in the same year, earning him the Triple Crown trophy.

 

We will bid a fond farewell to Glen Abbey when the time comes, but we will look forward to serving the community of Oakville.  If you are in Oakville and you need a spring makeover, whether it is interior or exterior, staircase refinishing or deck staining, contact the top guns at Grant Painting Group.  Trust the character of your home to the most experienced painters in the region!

 

 

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