Experience will make the Hamilton Golf and Country Club a fantastic venue for this week’s RBC Canadian Open.
It’s no secret that the golf course is fantastic and the players love it. but as somebody who circulates outside the ropes, I’ve also enjoyed my time at Hamilton.
First of all, I find that parking is no problem whatsoever. You pull in, you park your car, the bus is right there, you jump on and they take you to the course. Even if parking is off grounds, I never feel put out.
At Angus Glen when we hosted the Open in 2002 and 2007, we were blessed because both years, we had parking on-site.
I’ve been lucky enough to be in the marquee tents at Hamilton and I’ve played in the pro-am there and it’s been my experience that they do an outstanding job at everything.
Experience helps the host club. Everybody who has hosted it will tell you that your first RBC Canadian Open is your toughest. You’re excited to be hosting it, but there’s always something that comes up during the week.
In your second and third, preparing for the Open becomes a little easier if you’ve got a lot of staff members who have done it once or twice before.
In 2002, our first Open, we absolutely didn’t know what to expect. From 2000 until we hosted it, I got behind the scenes of the Canadian Opens in between and the experience we gained in 2002 helped make things easier in 2007.
Experience helps because of the relationships. The first time around, you’re building relationships, but by the second or third, you’re renewing relationships with Golf Canada, the PGA Tour and everyone else associated with the tournament.
Hamilton has it down pat now and I think it will, once again, make our national Open proud.