Canadian Open

The Canadian Open was first played in 1904, nine years after the Canadian Amateur Championship had been established. A co-organized event by Golf Canada (previously known as the Royal Canadian Golf Association) and the PGA Tour, it’s one of the oldest running tournaments on the professional circuit in North America. The inaugural Open was won by Royal Ottawa professional Jack Oke.

Royal Montreal Golf Club, founded in 1873, is the oldest golfing society in North America so it was fitting that the first Canadian Open championship should be hosted at the club’s former location in Dorval. Another four Opens would be held there before the club moved to its present site, where a further five editions have since been contested between 1975 and 2014.

Canadian Open golf trophy

Early winners of this stroke play competition – including James Douglas Edgar who won by a record margin of 16 shots at Hamilton in 1919 – were presented with a gold medal but the Rivermead Cup was introduced when the event was held at Rivermead Golf Club in 1920. New sponsors then presented new trophies: first The Seagram Gold Cup in 1936, followed by The Du Maurier Trophy in 1971.

In 1994, with tobacco companies no longer in favour, the RCGA commissioned a new sterling silver trophy with a map of Canada etched onto the top dome, emblematic maple leaves cupping the bowl and enamelled flags of the various provinces and territories positioned around the circumference of the dome. The base of Canadian maple is inscribed with the names of all the former champions.

Leo Diegel has won most Opens, claiming four titles between 1924 and 1929. Three golfers have each won the event on three occasions: Tommy Armour (1927, 1930, 1934...

Canadian Open host courses

Angus Glen (North)

78th Ontario - Best in Area

Host to the Canadian Open in 2007, the North course at Angus Glen Golf Club is a public 18-hole layout where amateur golfers tread the same turf as their professional heroes.

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Cherry Hill

39th Ontario - Best in Area 66th Canada Ranking

Cherry Hill Club was established in 1922 when nine founding members from nearby Buffalo acquired a tract of farmland which was then turned over to Walter J Travis for transformation into an 18-hole course.

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Glen Abbey

35th Ontario - Best in Area 59th Canada Ranking

Glen Abbey Golf Club, the first solo design from Jack Nicklaus, who was ably assisted by architect Bob Cupp, opened for play in 1976 and it's one of Canada’s most famous golf courses...

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Hamilton (West & South)

2nd Ontario - Best in Area 8th Canada Ranking 75th North America Ranking

Hamilton Golf & Country Club, or Ancaster as it is known locally, is located on land which once known as Grange Farm and it is set most beautifully in elegant, heavily wooded seclusion.

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Islesmere (Bleu & Blanc)

18th Québec - Best in Area

The Bleu and Blanc nines at the 27-hole Club de golf Islesmere were laid out by Willie Park Junior back in 1919 and this fine old course has hosted both the Canadian Open (in 1959) and Canadian Women’s Open (in 1987).

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Kanawaki

13th Québec - Best in Area 96th Canada Ranking

Located within the Kahnawake Indian Reservation and named after the tribe, the course at Kanawaki Golf Club was designed by Charles and Albert Murray. It opened for play just before the First World War.

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Lakeview

98th Ontario - Best in Area

Two-time host to the Canadian Open in 1923 and 1934, the Lakeview Golf Course is steeped in history and this traditional parkland layout was originally designed by Herbert Strong.

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Canadian Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Gary Slatter PGA Courses Played 30
2 Panther Courses Played 17
3 Geoff Bustin Courses Played 15
4 David Harak Courses Played 14
= Steve Dranfield Courses Played 14
6 Dax Brewster Courses Played 13
7 Matt Bosela Courses Played 12
= Marty Courses Played 12
= Dave Finn Courses Played 12
10 Ryan Courses Played 10