The seventh hole at Glen Abbey Golf Club, host of the 2017 RBC Canadian Open, looks a lot like a ice hockey rink -- and it's by design.
Tournament organizers are celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary of its formation by turning the par-3 seventh into an experience called The Rink. On the hole, hockey boards will replace the rope line. There will be a Zamboni on the hole, for some reason, and there will also be some rink-side bleachers for seating. Basically, the idea is to turn the seventh hole into a Toronto Maple Leafs game.
In addition, volunteers on the hole will wear hockey referee shirts for an added touch.
“We’re very excited to bring the Rink to life,” said RBC Canadian Open tournament director Brent McLaughlin to Golf News Now in Canada. “We wanted to create an experience that oozed Canadiana. We know Canadians love hockey, and of course they love golf too. Combining rinks and links was a no-brainer.”
During the tournament, a $1,000 donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada will be made for every birdie made on the hole.