Even back in 2000, it wasn’t bad moving around Glen Abbey even with the intense scrutiny surrounding a young fellow named Tiger Woods, who I followed over the front nine before picking him up again at 17.
That allowed me to witness live what is arguably his greatest shot ever, that remarkable six iron out of the bunker, over the pond on 18 to just off the green before he clinched the title that year.
For years afterwards, people would try that shot coming down 18, but as iconic as that bunker and pond are in the game, they may not exist in a few years if a development goes in, which is the ClubLink plan that you can take a closer look at here.
ClubLink, quite rightfully, sees an opportunity to make boatloads of cash in developing a prime piece of real estate in one of the hottest markets in Canada and the timing is perfect to do so.
It certainly wouldn’t be the first golf course in Southern Ontario to give way to development, a topic I discussed on an episode of Canada AM earlier this year with host Marci Ien and Rob Burton, mayor of Oakville, where Glen Abbey is located.
You can watch that clip here.
Of course, neighbours in the surrounding area of Glen Abbey bought into what they felt was a golf course community and, in the bigger picture, the RBC Canadian Open is like a calling card for Oakville, with the Abbey being its unofficial home, not to mention one that produces the best financial results for the PGA Tour stop.
It’s not surprising then that Oakville recently extended an interim control bylaw that will block any development of Glen Abbey for another year. You can read more here.
ClubLink, in turn, will appeal the original interim control bylaw to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) on Jan. 30.
For readers from out of province, the OMB, as it stands now, handles such appeals and disputes, but many feel it favours developers in the province’s quest for population density in Southern Ontario, causing many to believe we have enough density with the politicians at Queen’s Park.
If that is the case, it would appear the transformation of arguably Canada’s best-known golf course into a subdivision and retail space is inevitable, but then again, Oakville appears ready to put up a good fight.
What do you think? Is it inevitable that Glen Abbey will be developed? That’s the question in this week’s GNN Poll.
You can cast your vote below or on the GNN home page and, if you’d like to expand your opinion, please do so in the Comments section below.
Is it inevitable that Glen Abbey will be transformed into housing/retail space?
- YES (80%)
- NO (20%)