The BWD Tournament Hole of the Week: July 27 – 30, 2017. The 14th at Glen Abbey GC, Home of RBC Canadian Open.

Tournament: RBC Canadian Open – Glen Abbey Golf Club, Ontario, Canada
Hole: 14th – Par 4, 457 Yards
Architect: Jack Nicklaus – 1976

Architectural Summary:

The 14th hole at Glen Abbey is a lengthy par four that offers a stern risk-reward test for RBC Canadian Open competitors. The
dogleg right hole measures 457 yards and is within the course’s famous stretch of “Valley Holes.” The hole features Sixteen Mile
Creek intersecting the fairway on a diagonal before running down the length of the hole, on the right, as well as a pond protecting
the far left side of the hole. From the tee, competitors will look to challenge the inside dogleg to effectively shorten the hole, though they must avoid the meandering creek. The fairway measures 36 yards wide at it broadest point and features two fairway bunkers
that protect the left side from 280 to 345 yards. In addition to the fairway bunkers, the left side of the hole features two prominent
mature trees that can obstruct approach shots to the green from the left side of the fairway. A mid to short iron approach to the
elevated green will be left for any competitors successfully finding the fairway. The undulating green is set into a hillside and slopes
from back-to-front. Measuring 28 yards deep by 25 yards wide, the putting surface will repel any balls coming up short, and they will
end up well below the putting surface. A single greenside bunker guards the rear and will require an extremely difficult up-and-down
as they green slopes away from the bunker.

Statistical Analysis:

In 2016, the 14th hole played as the most difficult hole with a scoring average of 4.42 (27 Birdies, 273 Pars, 124 Bogeys, 34
Doubles, and 10 “Others”).

Fun Facts:

  • This year, the RBC Canadian Open is paying homage to the country’s prominent hockey history and culture by setting up “The Rink” on the par 3 7th hole. The hole is enclosed by hockey boards and bleachers as well as featuring a Zamboni off the tee.
  • Glen Abbey’s most famous stretch of holes are the “Valley Holes” from #11 through #15. Within the “Valley Holes,” #12-14 all feature Sixteen Mile Creek as a hazard.
  • During the 2009 Canadian Open, Mark Calcavecchia set a PGA Tour record with 9 consecutive birdies during his second round.
    Calcavecchia began his round on the 10th hole and birdied holes 12 through 18 as well as holes 1 and 2 on the front nine.