You can bet we will soon hear the neighbourhood response to word that Glen Abbey could be replaced by a residential development of about 3,000-plus units and judging from other similar cases across Canada, it promises to get loud and ugly, especially in such an upscale community. Whether it’s enough for Oakville to back off the bonanza from such a development remains to be seen and even in the unlikely scenario that it does, an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board is always a possibility and not one that would likely go in favour of Oakville or the residents … So, reader Pierre TrueDough, who likes to fire from behind a pseudonym, says my theory here on ClubLink reworking RattleSnake Point as an RBC Canadian Open venue is just a ridiculous idea that I’m floating without thinking it through in a business sense. His comments are at the bottom of the original blog and they’re actually a compliment because he can’t be reading other media in which the same idea was floated about a different venue, Hidden Lake in Burlington, or another story agreeing with me that Jack Nicklaus could be called in for a design. At least, he doesn’t mention those stories in his criticism. Thanks very much for your loyalty Pierre … No need to fear the beard on Halloween. Graham DeLaet made good use of his whiskers on Halloween, posing as a lumberjack with his expectant wife Ruby, who makes a fine unicorn. We’ll keep you posted on any arrivals to the DeLaet household.
It'd be a waste of a good beard to be anything but a lumberjack tonight. Chillin with a pregnant unicorn. pic.twitter.com/x528ODXE3i
— Graham DeLaet (@GrahamDeLaet) November 1, 2015
Whether there were underlying reasons for Alex Anthopoulos leaving the Toronto Blue Jays or not, it seems from the outside looking in that there was more than the “I just didn’t feel like this was the right fit for me going forward” line he gave reporters. Whether it was due to the presence of new president Mark Shapiro or any other reason, we’ll probably never know because there likely won’t be a tell-all book as there was from Stevie Williams about his caddying days with Tiger Woods, who earned Williams millions for carrying his bag. If, as reports suggest, Anthopoulos didn’t like the situation, he chose to leave with dignity. Had Williams not liked the way he was being treated by Woods, he had the same option, but decided to tell the tale in Out of the Rough, which will be the talk of golf for about a cup of coffee in a voyeuristic, Kardashian kind of world, in which non-disclosure agreements seem to be becoming necessary. That’s not to say that whatever comes out about Tiger was fabricated, just that Williams is still dining out on Woods … Last week’s GNN Poll indicates golf shops are doing very little purchasing at buying shows these days, with the majority, or 66 per cent, saying they do a quarter of their buying or less at shows, while another 23 per cent said they do less than half. Another 11 per cent said they do between 50 and 75 per cent of their buys at the shows, with nobody saying they do more than 75 per cent … A lot of attention is focused on Glen Abbey in the ongoing discussion about golf courses being replaced by residential and/or commercial developments these days, but several other operations are in the same situation, prompting us to ask you in this week’s poll if you’re concerned about the operation where you work being replaced by a development in the next five years. As of this writing, the majority, or 63 per cent, say they’re not concerned, while another 26 per cent say they’re very concerned and 11 per cent say they’re somewhat concerned. It’s still early in the week, so be sure to cast your vote on the GNN home page.