Already some have called the 2007 Presidents Cup the most important event ever played on Canadian soil. And while this may or may not be hyperbole, one thing is for sure - the battle between the best golfers in the U.S. against the best of the world promises to be a stellar showcase for the Royal Montreal Golf Club.
All told, 24 of the best golfers in the world have descended upon Ile Bizard for the Presidents Cup, and players are ready for an atmosphere that promises to be distinctly Canadian. When asked whether he expected to see many pro-American galleries at the competition, Tiger Woods said the presence of Canadian Mike Weir on the International team should end any hope of that.
"No, I wouldn't think so. I think most of the galleries will be Canadian," Woods told reporters. "It will be loud and raucous and it will be great. That's what it should be. It will be a great atmosphere for all of us."
Here's a look at Royal Montreal Golf Club, host of the 2007 Presidents Cup, and the oldest golf club in all of North America.
Founded in 1873, Royal Montreal Golf Club is the oldest golf club in all of North America. Created as the Montreal Golf Club, the prefix of "Royal" was granted by Queen Victoria in 1884.
The beginnings for this legendary club were humble. The first golf course was a nine-hole run in Mount Royal Park on what was then the outskirts of the city of Montreal.The club moved in 1896 to Dorval, and then moved once again, for the final time, in 1959, to its current location in Île-Bizard, Quebec.
Once relocated, 45 holes were built, making the club one of the most prodigious in all of Canada. Of all the courses built, the Blue Course is given the highest marks in the golfing world, often ranked amongst the top-100 golf courses by major golf publications, as well as being voted as the No. 12 golf course in all of Canada by ScoreGolf in 2006.
A private course, Royal Montreal is known for its meticulous service and pristine conditioning. The Blue Course, where the Presidents Cup will be played was originally designed by Dick Wilson, but was then renovated by golf course designer Rees Jones in 2004. The signature hole on the course is No. 16, a 444-yard par 4 that will test the world's best players, especially off the tee.
"The 18th dogleg left par 4 will prove to be one of the most challenging finishing holes that you will ever play. Challenging golf and fine scenery at Royal Montreal," wrote WorldGolf.com reader Alain Chaput of Montreal.
Royal Montreal Golf Club has a long history of hosting some of the biggest golf events in all of Canada, and has been the host of the Canadian Open a total of nine times, second only to Glen Abbey Golf Course.
The list of winners at Royal Montreal is an impressive one: players such as Bob Gilder, Tom Weiskopf and Scott Verplank have hoisted the Canadian Open trophy on at the historic course.
September 28, 2007
William K. Wolfrum keeps one eye on the PGA Tour and another watching golf vacation hotspots and letting travelers in on the best place to vacation. You can follow him on Twitter @Wolfrum.
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