Glen Abbey Golf Club, which has hosted the RBC Canadian Open more often than any other course, could be soon turned into housing.
ClubLink Corporation, the owner of the Jack Nicklaus-designed club, which has held Canada's biggest golf event in four of the last eight years, wants to convert the course into 3,000 residential units, as well commercial and office space, as part of a master plan. The company submitted a request for a pre-consultation on a potential development application to the Oakville, Ontario, Planning Services Department on Oct. 23, according to the Oakville Beaver.
The application for pre-consultation doesn't necessarily mean ClubLink, owned by real estate developer Morguard Corporation, will go through with developing homes on what is now Glen Abbey. However, the Planning Services Department requires this step.
Golf Canada, the country's representative governing body for the game, claims the Canadian Open brings some $18 million to the Oakville economy and $25 million to the broader Ontario area.
Glen Abbey is slated to host the Canadian Open again in 2016, for the 27th time, and for the foreseeable future.