The Glen Abbey Golf Club is arguably the most famous course in Canada. Over the past number of years it has been the home of the Bell Canadian Open and has attracted golfers from all around the world. It is one of the few courses in the world to host a PGA Tour event, that is still open for public play. Located in Oakville it is a short drive from most centers in Southern Ontario.
Originally designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, Glen Abbey is known for its wide fairways and wicked undulating greens. This is very much in keeping with the Nicklaus style of course design. Its section of 'Valley Holes', 11 through 15 are a remarkable example of using the local surroundings to their fullest advantage.
Its rating by Score magazine as Canada's best public course comes as no news to the golf community, where Glen Abbey Golf Club is widely known as "the shrine of Canadian golf". Glen Abbey will be remembered for years as the site of "The Shot of 2000" — Tiger Woods' 218-yard 6-iron from a fairway bunker on the 18th hole to set up the birdie that clinched the Bell Canadian Open and the Triple Crown. (Tiger's Triple included his victories in the 2000 U.S., British and Bell Canadian Opens.) Canada's No. 8 ranked golf course is open to anyone wishing to retrace Tiger's historic steps and challenge Jack Nicklaus' first solo design.
Opened in 1976, Glen Abbey is held
in high esteem by Tour players for its difficulty — 7,112 yards, Slope 140
from the Black tees — but it is surprisingly accommodating from the shorter
tees. "The Valley", a five-hole stretch from the 11th tee, is renowned
as one of the PGA Tour's toughest, adding to the Glen Abbey mystique. You can
freewheel with the driver on its receptive fairways, but the greens are
devilishly undulating and protected by steep bunkers. Nine-minute tee-time
intervals help keep play moving along, and the maintenance is immaculate. Glen
Abbey is in Oakville, Ontario, just west of Toronto.
Glen Abbey is also home to The ClubLink Academy along with a spectacular clubhouse facility including the Gallery Bistro & Grill and a variety of beautiful banquet, meeting and seminar rooms.
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The interesting Par 3 3rd. Depending on the pin location the pond or the front bunker come into play.
The 18th hole tempts players to have a go for the green but water looms short and large bunkers in behind the green.
A view of the 16th fairway. Long hitters can reach in two but the massive green can leave you a massive putt.
The famous 'Cloverleaf Green' on 17.
The Signature 11th hole. Players hit their tee shots down into the valley toward 16 Mile Creek. A truly gorgeous golf hole.
At the bottom of the valley we find the Par 5 13th green. The wildly undulating green is protected by water on the front edge making for a challenging approach.