06 Jun GolfPass Grass Guru – Hamilton Golf & Country Club
RBC Canadian Open • Hole 5 • Par 4 • 308 yds
Hamilton G & CC is the site of this years Canadian Open. Home of the elevated tee box, this golf course couldn’t be in more pristine condition. Canadian June days to grass are what steroids are to body builders. If you’re a grass guy, you could not be more amped. Whoever orchestrated the RBC taking this spot in the schedule should get all the raises. The green and lushness of the grass will certainly lead to a course loved by players in the fairways and dreaded by those in the rough. It is a golf course that translates to an amazing tv watch. While the US Open will inevitably steal the show next week, our buddies up North have the limelight this week. Hamilton G & CC is a course that’s second only to Phil’s calf workouts for sculpting those moneymakers.
The bunker of the week is on hole 5. It’s part of a fairway right cluster of sand traps leading up hill to the green. There are three bunkers here and if having to choose one, I take the top smallest one. It has the best face, especially after a nice crisp edge has been applied. Although they are still 50 yards from green center and certainly not an easy out, a lie in the sand might beat the thick rough waiting for someone further right.
The Canadian Open has a lot working for it this week. A solid field, beautiful course, impeccable grass, and leading off before a major. With the Raptors in the Finals, this week is looking great for Canada. Minus the whole lack of a Canadian Stanley Cup drought they are currently in the midst of. As a golfer, I highly recommend golfing on bentgrass in the early Canadian summer. It’s *insert anything that is best here*.
Cover Photo: Hamilton Golf & Country Club
Eric MacPherson knows a lot about golf, but even more about grass. Having worked in golf for what seems like forever, and going on to graduate school in turfgrass, he’s able to walk mow a green, and change the shaft in your favorite driver. He’s worked on some of the east coast’s primer golf clubs doing everything from washing carts to building brand new putting greens. He’s also volunteered at several high profile Tour events including a major and the President’s Cup. The only thing he likes more than pushing a walk mower on a beautiful crisp morning, would be teeing it off instead. Shoot Eric a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.