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Was Zac Blair wrong in his remarks about Glen Abbey?

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Zac Blair is one of the most engaging and accessible PGA Tour pros on Twitter. He’s also an unabashed golf architecture nerd, so his opinion about a course carries weight.

The proprietor of the future Buck Club, Blair was asked by Golf Channel’s Chantel McCabe for his thoughts on Glen Abbey, host site of the Canadian Open.

He said, “Yeah, um, you know, it’s OK.”

OK!? You mean a PGA Tour venue is something less than great? This won’t play well…

Blair continued

“I mean, the course is in really good shape, which is always nice and that’s all you can ask, but it sounds like it’s going to Hamilton next year and that sounds like a pretty neat spot, so I’m looking forward to that for sure.”

Here’s the clip, c/o the Fried Egg

Canadian golf writer Rick Young was having none of it (although he later offered Blair an apology)

Here’s the thing: Blair didn’t say Glen Abbey ought to be renamed Glen Goat Track. He merely gave it a five or six on a scale of 10.

Golfweek’s Brentley Romine put Blair’s points in the appropriate objective(ish) context.

“According to Golfweek’s rating system, Blair is right…In ranking all the Tour courses in 2017-18, Glen Abbey, a 1976 Jack Nicklaus design, slotted 36th out of the 55 courses with Golfweek ratings…Back in 2016, the last time Golfweek did a ranking of modern courses in Canada, Glen Abbey ranked 32nd.”

In other words, it’s an OK track–exactly as Blair said.

Should players be obligated to offer puffery to a host venue merely because tournament is being contested their? Should Blair be encouraged to dial back his honesty? I certainly don’t think so.

What say you, WRXers?

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  1. joro

    Sep 1, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Just another worthless post by this hack who makes his life writing stupid stories. The Clown is still the Clown.

  2. Matt

    Aug 17, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Ben, first off you and the WRX team should hire a proof reader. “Their” is the possessive pronoun of the third person plural; “there” is a preposition. If ZB feeds the press the same line as every other pro focusing on the positive then he’s a robot. If he tells the truth then he’s disrespectful. No one who likes golf course architecture likes Nicklaus. No one. Not a big surprise.

  3. MIKEYP

    Jul 30, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    It would be interesting to know what Zac’s favorite courses are? He probably doesn’t have a favorite given he hasn’t and will never win a PGA event, but it would be informative to know what course architecture he fancies? He is designing a course called the buck club. It may only ever exist in his sketch book, but to all his friends, it comes alive when they close their eyes. He’s even made hats for it. When people see the hats and ask the likes of Utah has been golfers about the course, they simply reply, “its in our dreams.”

  4. Ben

    Jul 30, 2018 at 10:31 am

    I think he’s right about the design, and he made sure to not insult the super or any of the grounds crew in the process. Good on Zac Blair for actually answering the question and shame on everyone for trying to turn a non-cookie-cutter answer into a spectacle. That’s why guys don’t want to give interesting interviews in the first place.

  5. Commoner

    Jul 28, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Zac Blair? A news item? Is everyone today with a mouth or a ‘pencil’ a notable worthy of quoting?

  6. Pedro

    Jul 28, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    “merely because tournament is being contested their?” Me fail English? That’s unpossible!

    • Kyle

      Jul 31, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      Ohhhh Pedro Pedro. Thanks for the laugh! YOU are unpossible!! Lol.

  7. ChipNRun

    Jul 28, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Reportedly ZB is a golf architecture aficionado. From the remark, it sounds like he has a few really favorite courses, and then there’s the others.

    Sounds like a slow news day on the sports desk, and ZB’s remark was the most exciting thing they had to deal with.

  8. Bert Gwaltney

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:26 am

    I think Zac is knowledgeable, not sure if he slammed the course, just didn’t provide fake remarks.

  9. Brett Weir

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Having the Canadian Open every year at Glen Abbey is like having Chicken for dinner…for a month…

  10. chris devens

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:15 am

    He was right. Zac Blair is great.

  11. Dave r

    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Would agree not much to look at. Very hard to watch on tv . Plow it under and build condos. There are way better places other than Toronto to hold the golf tourney. Some very good courses in the other provences. It’s not just about tronta and the east . Go west young man go west.

  12. Will

    Jul 27, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    I guess nobody remembers Dave Hill saying Hazeltine was missing “only 80 acres of corn and a few cows to be a good farm.” Nothing wrong at all with what Zac said.

  13. IMO

    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    What nobody can have an opinion? Jesus… It’s a golf course not a hospital… More people got on Zac than Rodney Dangerfield in CaddyShack, for saying golf courses and cemeteries are the biggest waste of prime real estate… HAHA

  14. Looper

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Canada? Where’s Canada?

    • 4RiGHT

      Jul 27, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      Canada is a club soda I think!

    • Geohogan

      Jul 28, 2018 at 12:34 am

      Careful Looper, Bub. Canada is a national security threat, right up there with N Korea… Better believe it. They may even take back the Stanley Cup ..one day.

  15. Ryan B

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    You should note that Rick apologized for his comments after the fact based on twitter replies about the course itself and not just the history.

    ZB is right, Glen Abbey isn’t a great golf course, but like many courses on the PGA Tour its about the ability to handle crowds and conditioning than it is about great architecture and layout.

    I love that Zac was honest, and as someone that lives quite close to the course, I appreciate its history but would have no objective to it being plowed over into condos. Their are a LOT of better golf courses in the Toronto area but they cant hold PGA events because of the property they are on.

    • CDC

      Jul 28, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      Funny enough, The corporation that owns Glen Abbey is trying to build housing/condos over the golf course. The city of Oakville is trying their best to stop it though.

  16. CDC

    Jul 27, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    I think most Canadians regard the ScoreGolf’s rankings as the definitive guide to the best courses in Canada. This year, Glen Abbey ranks as the 67th best golf course in Canada. I tend to agree. Personally, I don’t think it even belongs among the best in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.

  17. Geohogan

    Jul 27, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Relative to the great golf courses of the world , Glen Abbey is a goat tract. A goat track with a lot of history, not the least of which, one of Jack’s first major design jobs.

    Kudos to Zac Blair for his diplomatic reply.

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