Jun 15, 2019

Takeaways From My 3 Days At 2019 RBC Canadian Open

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  6/15/2019 03:33:00 PM   No comments
It was a busy three days at the RBC Canadian Open; returned late Sunday and back to my regular jobs Monday. I've finally had a chance to decompress and here's some takeaways from my time walking around Hamilton Golf and Country Club:


  • If it wasn't going to be a Canadian to win the Canadian Championship (a Canadian hasn't won since 1954) Rory McIlroy was definitely the 2nd choice and he didn't disappoint as huge crowds followed him all week and scores of 64 and 61 on the weekend pretty much annihilated the rest of the field.





  • Hamilton Golf and Country Club is an amazing old golf course (1894 -18 holes designed by Harry Colt in 1914). Although Rory's winning score of -22 was very low the course wasn't easy and challenged the players all week.

  • There were many new fans watching the PGA Tour live for the first time at Hamilton. Including some family and friends who absolutely loved their first PGA Tour golf experience. From the golf (#TheRink was awesome) to the food and the entertainment (Florida Georgia Line on Friday Night) to all the merchandise they bought. Sounds like they'll be back whether it's at St. George's next year or wherever. RBCCO was definitely a smashing success.





Jun 10, 2019

Rory McIlroy Wins 2019 RBC Canadian Open

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  6/10/2019 10:24:00 PM   No comments


I knew watching Rory McIlroy bomb his drive 353 yards down the first fairway Sunday at Hamilton Golf and Country Club and then almost subsequently canning it from 42 yds. We were going to be in for a special day of golf from Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy. Who would of thought it was going to be so special. With Rory firing a round of 61 and winning his 16th PGA Tour title; the Canadian Championship. Can't wait to see him next year at  St. George’s Golf and Country Club.




Rory endears himself more by donning a Raptors jersey after winning 2019 RBC Canadian Open.(Photo from Golf Canada)


Press Release

HAMILTON, Ont. — Using a loonie as his ball marker, Rory McIlroy fired a final round 9-under par 61 to win Canada’s National Open Championship, the RBC Canadian Open in his first appearance.

McIlroy’s 22-under-par 258 is the lowest 72-hole score ever carded at the RBC Canadian Open. The previous record of 263 was held by Johnny Palmer (1952), Scott Piercy (2012) and Tim Clark (2014). His final round 61 is also the best final round at the 110-year-old event, breaking the record of 62 held by Andy Bean (1983).

The 30-year-old entered Sunday’s final round sharing the lead with Americans Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson. He started his round by lipping-out a chip for eagle on the first hole, en route to birding four of his first five holes. With the win the Northern Irishman claimed his 16th PGA TOUR title.

“It’s been a while since I played like this and sort of put my foot down, but it was so nice to do it today,” said McIlroy. “I’m very proud of what I’ve done today. Hopefully this sets up well for the rest of the year, too.”

McIlroy becomes only the sixth player to win the career Triple Crown, having won the U.S. Open in 2011 and The Open Championship in 2014. He joins an exclusive club that includes Tommy Armour, Walter Hagen, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Tiger Woods.

“The reception from the Canadian crowds have been incredible this week,” added McIlroy. “They couldn’t have been any better. They’ve been so welcoming all week. I can’t wait to come back next year.”

McIlroy is the first golfer to win the RBC Canadian Open on his first attempt since Chez Reavie in 2008 and the first European to capture the title since Sweden’s Carl Pettersson in 2010.

Ireland’s Shane Lowry and American Web Simpson finished tied for second at 15-under par 265 for the tournament. Americans Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker finished tied for 4th at 13-under.

Adam Hadwin fired an even-par 70 in the final round, finishing as the low Canadian at 12-under par 268 on the tournament. Hadwin was awarded the Rivermead Cup for the fourth time of his career as low Canadian.

“The crowd was amazing all week,” said Hadwin. “That reception coming up 18 was something special. I pictured it with being a few more [strokes] under earlier in the week, but they were amazing. I’m just disappointed I couldn’t get it done in front of them.”

By virtue of his sixth-place finish, Hadwin qualifies for the 2019 Open Championship being held July 14-21 at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Also earning an exemption in the Open Championship was Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell. New for 2019, the RBC Canadian Open is included in The Open Qualifying Series. Up to three players who are not already exempt earned places in the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush

The 2020 RBC Canadian Open is being held at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto from June 8 to 14.

Jun 9, 2019

Rory McIlroy Surges, Adam Hadwin Canada’s Hope RBC Canadian Open Saturday Update

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  6/09/2019 09:28:00 AM   No comments

Amazing Saturday at the RBC Canadian Open as huge crowds followed the last 7 groups with Rory McIlroy surging to the top of the leaderboard with a bogey free round of 6 under par 64. Rory’s loving his first visit to Canada’s National Open Golf Championship.

“It’s probably the best atmosphere I’ve played in a long time,” said McIlroy. “The Canadian fans really come out and support this event this event. That 13th Hole there [The Rink] is pretty cool. I think what they’ve been able to do here is right on the limit of fun, but still in keeping with the traditions of the game, so I think it’s been awesome. I’ve had a wonderful reception from everyone and just exited to get to play in front of them again tomorrow. “

BC’s Adam Hadwin is one shot back of McIlroy, Webb Simpson, and Matt Kuchar with three back nine birdies and huge support from the crowds. Canadians Nick Taylor and Mackenzie Hughes are 8 and 9 under.

Sunday is going to be one awesome day of golf at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.






Jun 8, 2019

Canadians Positioned Well For Weekend At RBC Canadian Open

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  6/08/2019 08:47:00 AM   No comments
Wow what a fun day covering the RBC Canadian Open. Four Canadians in the top 10 after 36 holes. Not bad as the pressure will ramp up for the weekend for the Canadians. Nick Taylor, Adam Hadwin, Ben Silverman and Mackenzie Hughes all have a legitimate shot at claiming the Canadian major the first since 1954. Saturday being Red and White day at the RBC Canadian Open fans will be supporting the Canadians in the field in throngs. As Friday crowds were amazing.

I got a chance to follow a bunch of groups including Mackenzie Hughes, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka all finished strong but no stronger then Tennessee own Brandt Snedeker who shot a 60 to tie the lowest round ever recorded at the RBC Canadian Open. Ben Silverman carded a 9 under par 61 which tied the lowest round ever recorded by a Canadian at Canada’s National Championship. 

Mackenzie Hughes on the par 3 #8 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club






Jun 2, 2019

Bad Lies by Tony Jacklin & Shelby Yastrow - Book Review

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  6/02/2019 08:13:00 PM   No comments
It’s not often that I get a chance to actually read a novel. Busy with life’s various paths, most of my reading post kids seems to be golf articles on my iPad. I was lucky enough to get my hands on “Bad Lies”, a fictional court room drama based on libel, slander and professional golf.




Jack Nicklaus - World Golf Hall of Famer, 18-time Majors Champion has endorsed it by saying,

“A courtroom, like the game of golf, exposes the truth about people. A fascinating page-turner.”
JACK NICKLAUS

Written by Tony Jacklin and Shelby Yastrow they seem to be the perfect mix with Jacklin’s Hall of Fame golf knowledge and Shelby’s vast legal knowledge. The book is sure to intrigue both golfers and those that like court room drama novels.

The authors create characters that are both believable and fascinating to follow through the ups and downs of a daily court room trial.

In particular Charlie Mayfield, Eddie Bennison lawyer is superbly written as a lawyer who’s character shines through the mere words on the pages.

Bad Lies was a perfect read on my recent weeks vacation and with Fathers day around the corner, it would be a perfect gift for that Dad that enjoys reading and golf.

At $31.95 CDN "Bad Lies" can be purchased on Amazon.

May 11, 2019

Rocket Tour Knit Headcover Review

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  5/11/2019 12:52:00 PM   No comments
My son Gus and I love doing reviews of golf accessories as they're for us an integrable part of golf. So was thrilled Rocket Tour sent over some knit headcovers for us to review.






Here's a little history on this 15 year old Boulder Colorado based company from their website:

Since 2004, Rocket Tour has designed golf head covers that are a unique mix of classic and modern with a stylish fun twist encouraging self-expression on your golf bag. Created to inspire golfers to “show their stripes,” the quality knit and putter covers are personally designed by founder Helena Stanton and hand-finished in Boulder, Colorado. Best known for their knit headcovers in recognizable Rugby Striped Pom Poms and Skinny Stick Hybrid Covers, Rocket Tour designs a variety of options to sport your favorite sports team, alma mater and more. Rocket Tour supports and outfits more than 250 collegiate golf programs, junior golf programs, state golf associations and charity initiatives. Heading into the brand’s 15th anniversary celebration in 2019, now more than ever the Company is spearheading a movement to rep your style and your team!



Gus was thrilled to test out a driver head cover from Rocket Tour as I had just purchased him a Ping G812 Driver and it didn't come with a head cover.




What he liked about the head cover:

He loved the colour combination of the Victory Stripe Pom Pom - Black - Red / White
I'm not sure whether it's because they're the colours of two of his favourite hockey teams (Ottawa Senators/67s) but when he first saw it he couldn't wait to put it on his Ping driver.

He really like the way it fit his new driver, snug and he didn't have to worry about it falling off during his time playing golf.

He liked the way the head cover made his worn out old golf bag "cool" again.



Dislikes:

The only thing he didn't like was after a few rounds he thought the head cover was "falling apart" as longer threads started to appear on the pom pom of his head cover.

Upon scouring Rocket Tour's website this is what I came upon (a solution):

Sometimes POM POMS or TASSELS need a trim - knit material used in a sporty environment sometimes causes wayward threads that need a quick snip (only on pom or tassel not on body of cover). This is normal and will help keep your POM POM or TASSEL looking nice longer. Shake and snip any long stray threads.


What I really liked about the headcovers I got to test out were the fact they were so versatile. I tried the Argyle Skinny Stick in Black/Red  and it fit great on my Taylormade #5 hybrid as well as my Titleist  #3 hybrid.

I also like the fact the Rugby Strip POM POM in Black / Red fit and protected better both my 3 and 4 woods. Something important especially when you're carrying your bag as much as I do.

Conclusion

Rocket Tour headcovers are both functional, versatile, and stylish. Gus and I loved the way they performed on the golf course.

Individual headcovers will run you between $30-$43 USD and sets will obviously cost you more, pretty reasonable considering I've paid more for headcovers that haven't been as functional as Rocket Tours.

Plus any company that's been around since 2004 and puts out Masters headcovers is #1 in my books.

Apr 24, 2019

Whistling Straits & Blackwolf Run Course Openings and Stay-and-Play Packages - Destination Kohler

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  4/24/2019 07:50:00 AM   No comments
With the Ryder Cup slated for 2020 at Whistling Straits here's some info for a round or two before the best players take on each other next September. I know I'm trying to get tickets as well as a possible trip before to check out this beautiful area of Wisconsin.





Press Release

Destination Kohler Announces Whistling Straits & Blackwolf Run Course Openings and Stay-and-Play Packages

Renovated Inn on Woodlake Multi-Bedroom Suites Create Exceptional Group Golf Experience  

(KOHLER, Wis.) – 
Destination Kohler – Wisconsin’s golf leader and home to four internationally acclaimed Pete Dye-designed courses across Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run – announces the openings of the Straits Course at Whistling Straits and River Course at Blackwolf Run on Friday, April 26. The Irish Course at Whistling Straits and Meadow Valleys Course at Blackwolf Run opened April 17.

Kohler Golf has collectively hosted six Major Championships with the Straits gearing up to host golf’s preeminent international competition, the 2020 Ryder Cup. A ceremonial symbol linking the past, present and future of the Ryder Cup, the Silver Putter plaque is currently on display at Whistling Straits for guests to enjoy.

Destination Kohler is taking reservations for the popular “Dye-Abolical” and “Golf Kohler” stay-and-play packages. The three-night “Dye-Abolical” package includes four rounds of golf per person, one each on The Straits and The Irish courses at Whistling Straits and The River and Meadow Valleys courses at Blackwolf Run. Cart, caddie and forecaddie fees are included, along with a 30-minute golf lesson and gift pouch with logoed items. Complimentary replays are available on The Irish and Meadow Valleys courses. Golfers also receive a 20% discount at the Forbes Five-Star Kohler Waters Spa. Package rates begin at $1,014 at the Inn on Woodlake and $1,191 at The American Club, based on double occupancy.

Golf Kohler” differs only in terms of stay (two nights versus three) and rounds of golf (three versus four). Play on The Straits Course – three-time PGA Championship host and 2020 Ryder Cup venue – and The River Course – recently ranked among the five best Pete Dye golf courses by Golfweek – is included. Rates begin at $781 at the Inn on Woodlake and $899 at The American Club.

“We’re the only resort in the world featuring four golf courses by Pete Dye, who is widely regarded as the greatest architect of his generation,” says Dirk Willis, PGA, Vice President – Golf, Landscape & Retail, Kohler Co. “With golf season fast approaching in the Midwest and with demand being strong, we encourage early bookings to ensure you can play our championship courses leading up to the best American and European golfers arriving for the 2020 Ryder Cup.”

Destination Kohler’s American Club is the Midwest’s only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond hotel in Wisconsin. Sister property, the boutique Inn on Woodlake, re-opened in 2018 after a year-long expansion and features new suites that are well-appointed for group travel.

To book, please call 855-444-2838. Groups of 12 or more are invited to ask about Ultimate Buddy Trip options. Favorites include Ryder Cup-inspired tournaments and pairing parties, special happy hours, 19th hole celebrations, team shirts, locker room name plates, and logoed tee gifts. For more information: DestinationKohler.com.

Destination Kohler hosts the Spring Golf Sale & Demo Day, May 3 – 4, to kick-off the golf season:

Spring Golf Sale & Demo Day at Blackwolf Run

Spring Golf Sale
May 3 | 10a.m. – 4p.m.
May 4 | 8a.m. – 5p.m.

Wolf Pack/Bear Clan Room at Blackwolf Run
Enjoy 20% – 80% savings on official Whistling Straits® and Blackwolf Run logoed merchandise. For every $50 purchase, receive a $5 Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits voucher, redeemable on any future purchase at the Blackwolf Run or Whistling Straits Restaurants or Golf Shops.

Golf Demo Day
May 4 | 10a.m. – 3p.m.
Blackwolf Run Practice Facility
Enjoy appetizers, drinks and music in the expo tent while representatives from Callaway, Titleist, TaylorMade, Ping and Tour Edge are on hand demonstrating their latest products. Callaway shoes fittings onsite with a 20% discount on new shoes. Specials available for purchases of $1,000 or more.

About Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate Group
The Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate profile includes The American Club, boasting the first and only Forbes Five-Star hotel in the Midwest, and world-renowned championship golf venues Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. It’s sister property, The Old Course Hotel, golf resort & spa in St Andrews, Scotland, the birthplace of golf. It is recognized as one of the most luxurious resorts in the world.

About Destination Kohler
Herb Kohler created Kohler Co.’s Hospitality & Real Estate Group with the reclamation of The American Club, the first and only Forbes Five-Star hotel in the Midwest, and then built world-renowned championship golf courses, The Straits and The Irish at Whistling Straits and The River and Meadow Valleys at Blackwolf Run. The resort is named one of the top three golf resorts in North America, by Golf Digest. Kohler Waters Spa is the only Forbes Five-Star spa in Wisconsin and one of 64 in the world. The resort features 12 dining establishments from the Four-Star Immigrant Restaurant to traditional pub fare of The Horse & Plow as well as River Wildlife. Herb Kohler believes River Wildlife, located in the forest and on the river, on an early Winnebago encampment, has the best country gourmet dining in the United States. The resort is located in the Village of Kohler, Wisconsin, one hour north of Milwaukee and two and a half hours north of Chicago.



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