Milton Looks to Keep Canadian Open in Halton

The Town of Milton could soon be the permanent host to the Canadian Open Credit: CBC

If the Canadian Open and Golf Canada explore opportunities for the future, Milton is prepared to pursue the tournament, hoping to keep it in Halton Region.

There is no commitment to host the annual tournament at Glen Abbey beyond 2018. “In the event the Canadian Open leaves Oakville, we would love to see it come to Milton and remain within the Region of Halton,” said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. “We want to make sure we’re prepared to act if the opportunity presents itself.”

Milton Council unanimously backed a resolution demonstrating the Town of Milton’s commitment to bringing the annual tournament to RattleSnake Point Golf Club, owned by ClubLink.  The report will be distributed to area municipalities, and the Region.

“Milton is willing to consider options for the lands through the current Regional Plan review process which will allow us to present a competitive option to Golf Canada,“ said Andrew Siltala, Director of Economic Development and Strategic Initiatives. “In addition to the economic benefits to the local economy, there are high performance sport and science synergies that can be explored with our partners in the Milton Education Village.”  Efforts will include working with investment community to encourage the development of supporting infrastructure such as hotels, and restaurants.

Milton is already considered the home of Canadian cycling, anchored by the presence of Cycling Canada. Beginning this December, the Mattamy National Cycling Centre will host a leg of the TISSOT UCI Track World Cup for the next three years. Securing a permanent home for the Canadian Open and Golf Canada would be Milton’s second world class sporting event paired alongside a national sports organization.  The Open brings between $20-25 million in business, attracting 100,000 visitors.

The 2017 Canadian Open was held at Glen Abbey.  Controversy arose over a plan to redevelop it.  At its August 21 meeting Oakville Council designated it a heritage site.