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Posted on July 1st, 2014

The Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month – Royal Montreal Golf Course

Traveling north of the border for this stop on the Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month, Royal Montreal Golf Course in L’Ile Bizard, Quebec is our destination. The Blue Course of Royal Montreal is site of the 111th RBC Canadian Open on July 24th to 27th. The Canadian Open is the third longest running tournament on the PGA Tour, behind the (British) Open Championship and the US Open, and is sometimes referred to as the fifth major. As it is a national event, the tournament is open to PGA Tour professional, members of the Canadian PGA and amateurs of all nations. The Canadian Open features a purse of $5.7 million with the winner taking home $1.026 million and 500 FexExCup points.

Royal Montreal was established in 1873, making it the oldest golf course in North America. It features two 18-hole courses, Red and Blue, and then one 9-hole practice course, Dixie. Host to the first Canadian Open in 1904, Royal Montreal is set to host its tenth championship in 2014. This year, the Canadian Open will be played on the Blue Course which was completed in the Fall of 1958 and was designed by Dick Wilson. In 2004, the Blue Course was upgraded to keep up with advancing golf equipment technology; the redesign was completed by the architect Rees Jones and his affiliates with the course reopening in 2006. For championship tournaments, the Blue Course plays 7,153 yards at Par 70. There are 89 sand bunkers and 6 water hazards along the 18 holes with bentgrass tees, fairways and greens and then Kentucky bluegrass roughs. The Par 3, 7th Hole is the shortest on the course at 153 yards; while the Par 5, 570 yard Sixth and Twelfth Holes are the longest.

Americans have won the Canadian Open more than golfers from any other country. Leo Diegel won the event four times in the 1920’s and there have been three, three-time winners: Tommy Armour, Sam Snead and Lee Trevino. The field for the 2014 RBC Canadian Open is not set yet but it is sure to be a dramatic tournament with a suite quality players from around the world.

A 50-cm color image of Royal Montreal Golf Course collected on June 19, 2013 by Pléiades 1B. To see this course in 1.5-meter resolution, check out this month’s feature on SPOTMaps. Image photo enhanced by Apollo Mapping. © CNES 2012, Distribution Airbus Defense and Space / Spot Image S.A., France, all rights reserved.

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