New Ontario golf courses; Duval's comeback; end of CanOpen in BC?
A website I'm not familiar with, called Teeing It Up Ontario, has a list of courses expected to open in the province over the coming years. Here is the list they put forward:
Ambassador Golf Club (Windsor)
Coppinwood Golf Club (Goodwood)
*Muskoka Bay Golf Club (Gravenhurst)
Mystic Golf Club (Ancaster)
River's Edge Golf Club (Bancroft)
Silver Brooke Golf Club (Lisle)
Sparrow Lakes Golf Club (Welland)
Stone Ridge Golf Club (Elliot Lake)
Tarandowah Golfers Club (London)
The Club at Bond Head (Bond Head)
The Maples Golf & Sport Club (Noelville)
Thundering Waters Golf Club (Niagara Falls)
Of course, several of these, like Mystic and Thundering Waters, had limited openings last year. You can find the entire list, including 2007 and beyond here. I'd take everything on the site with a grain of salt. After all, they ranked the Grand Niagara club (yes, the one that doesn't pay its bills) as the top new course in Canada in 2005. I don't know anyone who has been that blown away by Grand Niagara -- especially if they've seen Oviinbyrd and Bond Head.
- Interesting note from a reader who points out the move for the Canadian Open to follow the British Open in 2007 virtually eliminates the chance for the tournament to return to Vancouver in coming years. There's a good chance no one will come when the tournament is only six hours away in Toronto, but add another four hours of flight time and you might have to offer some local hackers spots to fill out the field.
- David Duval and good golf. Now there's something you haven't heard for a while. Except David shot 63 on Sunday at the Sony, including five birdies in a row. Golf Channel's Mark Rolfing said this morning that Duval would never return to form, but I think that Rolfing (perhaps the worst pundit in golf) could be wrong on this one. Here's Duval's comments following his round:
"This was good golf,'' he said. It started with a chip-in for birdie on the sixth hole, the first of five straight birdies that attracted a small crowd, not bad since he was first off at 7:57 a.m. He twice holed putts of 20 feet or more, and had two good par saves from about 10 feet on the back nine.
"I've been playing well,'' Duval said. "I finally holed a few putts for a change. I was just trying to make more and more birdies. I'm not one to protect a score. I wanted to keep forcing the issue.''