Hamilton Golf and Country Club to Host 2012 RBC Canadian Open


-Renowned Harry Colt design to host Canada’s national open championship
for the third time since 2003-

Hamilton, Ont. (Golf Canada) – Golf Canada and RBC announced today that the historic Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, Ont. will host the 2012 RBC Canadian Open.

Consistently ranked among Canada's best courses, a return to the renowned Harry Colt designed classic course further emphasizes Golf Canada and RBC’s commitment to conducting the RBC Canadian Open at the country’s premier golf courses.

"We are thrilled to bring the RBC Canadian Open back to the Hamilton Golf and Country Club," said Scott Simmons, Executive Director and CEO, Golf Canada.  "Time and time again we hear that the quality of the golf course is of utmost importance to PGA TOUR players. There are few courses in the country as fine as Hamilton Golf and Country Club and I'm delighted that the membership has agreed to host the championship in 2012."

The historic Hamilton layout drew rave reviews from players in both 2003 and 2006 and is sure to once again be a favourite when the stars of the PGA TOUR return in 2012.  The return to Hamilton in 2012 will follow consecutive years at two other classic Canadian venues – this year’s return to St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto for the first time since 1968 and a 2011 return to the venerable Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club for the first time since 2005.

"We believe that returning to Hamilton Golf & Country Club for the 2012 RBC Canadian Open will continue building the terrific momentum of our national championship," said Jim Little, RBC Chief Brand and Communications Officer. "There is a buzz about the RBC Canadian Open among the PGA TOUR players in part because we are giving them the opportunity to compete on world class courses like Hamilton in 2012, Shaughnessy next year and St. George's Golf and Country Club this week."

Hamilton Golf and Country Club has hosted four Canadian Opens in its past including the 1919  championship (won by J. Douglas Edgar); 1930 (won by T.D. Armour); 2003 (won by Bob Tway) and 2006 (won by Jim Furyk).

With its 27 championship holes as well as a nine-hole executive course, Hamilton is consistently rated among Canada’s best courses, a fact which generates significant pride among club’s members.

" We have an experienced team of management, staff and volunteers who look forward to hosting the Canadian Open again in 2012,” according to Hamilton’s Chief Operating Officer, George Pinches. “Hamilton Golf and Country Club is proud to have hosted some of the most prestigious events in Canadian golf history," said Mike Hughes, President of Hamilton Golf and Country Club. "Our members are honoured to have the opportunity to help write the next chapter in the long and storied history of the Canadian Open."

The 2012 RBC Canadian Open will be contested July 23-29, 2012.

An exciting new era has arrived for Canada's national championship. Part of the FedEx Cup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $5.1 million (US) at the RBC Canadian Open, July 19th – 25th, 2010 at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto. Established in 1904, the tournament is the third-oldest national open golf championship worldwide next to the British Open and the U.S. Open. The RBC Canadian Open is proudly sponsored by RBC, Bell, BMW Group Canada, Province of Ontario, TaylorMade adidas Golf, InterContinental Hotels Group, Southern Implants, C.F.F Stainless Steels, Transitions Optical, The Glenlivet, The Globe and Mail, Mike Weir Wine, Pepsi, Corona and Reader’s Digest.  ClubLink, Canada's largest golf course operator, is supporting the Mike Weir Charity Classic with the donation of a ClubLink Trail Package to be auctioned in support of the Mike Weir Foundation. The practice facility for the 2010 RBC Canadian Open will be hosted at the Islington Golf Club which can be accessed by tournament spectators and the general public free of charge all week long.  

Tickets to the 2010 RBC Canadian Open can be purchased online at www.rbccanadianopen.com or by calling 1-800-571-OPEN.  With attendance capped at 22,000 spectators per day, tickets are selling quickly including Sunday’s final round which is nearing a sellout.  Juniors aged 15 and under gain free admission to the RBC Canadian Open with a ticketed adult.

In partnership with Golf Canada, RBC is the title sponsor of the RBC Canadian Open, the third oldest national golf championship worldwide, next only to the British Open and the U.S. Open. With a history of great players and premier fields, the RBC Canadian Open provides golf fans with the opportunity to experience the excitement of a world class event on Canadian soil. RBC also sponsors all levels of amateur sport, from grassroots programs in local communities to national sport organizations and elite-level athletes, and is Premier National Partner of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Golf Canada is a member-based organization governed by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).  Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sport Organization (NSO) for golf in this country and representing more than 350,000 members and 1,600 golf clubs, Golf Canada is responsible for promoting participation in and a passion for the game of golf in Canada.

Golf Canada actively conducts championships, programs and services to help shape the present and future of golf in Canada.   Canada’s National Amateur Golf Team program, National Golf in Schools, Golf Fore the Cure, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and CN Future Links, Canada’s national junior golf program, are only some of the initiatives the association leads for golf in Canada.   As the authority for the game of golf in Canada, the association also administers the Rules of Golf and Amateur Status as well as Handicapping and Course Rating under the esteemed RCGA brand.

In addition, Golf Canada conducts Canada’s most prestigious golf championships.  The RBC Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women’s Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while regional junior and national amateur championships provide world class competitive opportunities for Canada’s top golfers to showcase their talents.

For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit us online at www.golfcanada.ca.

Dan Pino     
Director, Media and Public Relations
Golf Canada 
t: 905.849.9700 ext. 406   
c: 416.434.5525 (cell)    
e: dpino@golfcanada.ca

Terry Lenyk     
Coordinator, Media and Public Relations
Golf Canada 
t: 905.849.9700 ext. 335   
c: 416.407.3893 (cell)    
e: tlenyk@golfcanada.ca