See the best in the world (#1 Golfer Jason Day), do some major business, be a part of history – The 2016 RBC Canadian Open Golf Tournament offers all of that in one big shiny package July 18-24 at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, near Toronto.
Best in the world
The defending Canadian Open champion is Concur Brand Ambassador Jason Day. Day was the world’s #1 ranked golfer as of this writing. But the whole field this year is stellar, as the tournament website notes: including “Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, Ernie Els, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Palmer and Jim Furyk, as well as Canadians David Hearn, Graham DeLaet, Adam Hadwin, Nick Taylor and Mike Weir. World #2 Dustin Johnson, who posted a dramatic win over Day and Scott Piercy at the WGC-Bridgestone Tournament on July 3rd, is also committed for the event. That could set the stage for some major drama.
The open’s website gives a glimpse of the money machine this tournament is for Canada and Ontario: “drawing in excess of 100,000 spectators and more than 1,400 volunteers. The event also generates $15-20M in economic activity within the host community and the province,” though last year, tournament director Brent McLaughlin told InsideHalton.com he figures the economic impact to the community is more like “$20-25 million.” And there is no shortage of spots to see the golf while talking big deals. As of the first week in July the tournament’s Hospitality website page still offered a variety of options ranging from the 18th green viewing deck at $250 per ticket, to the 18th green skybox “starting at $45,000.” There’s opportunity in the crowd here, too. RBCheritage.com says “The average household income of spectators is $125,000 with an average age of 52. 86% completed post-secondary education and 72% travelled from outside the city to attend.” The purse, by the way, is $5.9 million, of which the winner’s share is $1,062,000.
Part of History
This is the 107th Canada National Men’s Open Championship and the 28th time Glen Abbey has hosted this event. And the Open is scheduled to return to the Abbey next year. But The Globe and Mail has reported that the course’s owner, ClubLink, has filed a preliminary request to turn the golf course “into a residential community of about 3,000 homes, as well as offices and retail stores.” The article goes on to say “The filing, known as a preconsultation, is the first step in a process that could take several years.” What it means is that this could be one of the last years the Open is ever played on this course, which Jack Nicklaus designed in 1976. The Globe and Mail recently reported that The Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, Ontario is interested in hosting the Open in 2019, 100 years after that course held the tournament for its first time. But if you want to say that you saw this event, with these great players, on this legendary golf course, you might consider doing it now.
Whether you do business by the 18th green or in the airport lounge, you’ll have to account for your travel and entertainment. If you want an expense report that virtually writes itself, learn more at Concur.ca.