I’ve never played Hamilton Golf and Country Club, the site of this week’s RBC Canadian Open, but I know PGA Tour players love it.
It’s an old-style course, not super long, but just as tough as anything else out there. They’ve had great fields in the past because the golf course is so revered.
The numbers haven’t been super low at Hamilton, even though it’s not a long golf course, so that will tell you what you need to know about it.
As a player, you want the golf course to suit you. There are golf courses that are a putting contest and golf courses where you need to hit the ball well and keep it in play.
For myself, I prefer the golf course where you have to be a good ball-striker. I don’t want to get into a putting contest, but ball-striking, I’ve always thought, is my strength. I think I would enjoy Hamilton because you’ve got to put the ball in the right spots.
Last year’s venue at Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club can play pretty long. I don’t know what the plan is at Hamilton as far as the rough goes, but the past two Opens at Shaughnessy, it has been incredible.
They gave you some room on the fairways, but if you missed, it was thick and juicy and long and not just around the fairways, but around the greens, as well.
From what I understand, Hamilton is similar to Shaughnessy, with the main difference likely to be how the course is set up.
Based on the past, I think Hamilton will enhance its reputation and be a great challenge.