Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club will host the 2011 RBC Canadian Open after the tournament stops at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ont., and Toronto’s St. George’s Golf and Country Club, respectively, the next two years.
“The quality of the golf course is of utmost importance to PGA Tour players and the response to Shaughnessy from players in 2005 was overwhelmingly positive,” said Scott Simmons, executive director of the Royal Canadian Golf Association. “The course is among the premier venues in all of Canada.”
The Open was last played at Shaughnessy four years ago, an event won by veteran Mark Calcavecchia. The 2005 Open marked the first time the Open had been played in Western Canada since 1966.
“RBC is committed to helping bring the RBC Canadian Open to the best courses in Canada and Shaughnessy certainly fits our vision,” said RBC chief brand and communications officer Jim Little.
Calcavecchia said he expects players will respond favourably to the tournament being held once again at Shaughnessy.
“Shaughnessy is the type of old-style traditional golf course that players on tour absolutely love to play,” said Calcavecchia.
“I remember back in 2005, the players couldn’t say enough about how great the golf course was and a lot of us have wondered when the event might get back out there. I think the players would agree that it’s going to be one of the best golf courses we play in 2011.”