The Legend of Angus Glen, by Mark Koning

The Legend of Angus Glen

There is a lot of folk lore surrounding the game of golf when it comes to places and the talents of individual players. Quite a few movies have been based upon the game as well. Big names draw in big crowds at the various venues in which it has been played; people also tune in via radio or television all over the globe. Everyone yearns to catch a once-in-a-lifetime special moment; perhaps a hole in one or an amazing bank shot off a tree and then skipping over a water pond. This year, those fans will be watching as the Angus Glen Golf club, located in York Region, plays host to the MarkKoningJuly12015 Pan Am games golf tournament.

History of the Markham site tells a story that reaches back to the 1950’s when Arthur Stollery, a mining entrepreneur, purchased the land to build a farm in order to raise and exhibit prize Angus cattle and breed champion horses. Fast forward to the early ‘90’s when Arthur’s son Gordon who took over, envisioned and then later opened an award winning golf course. Since its debut, the golf club has hosted several tournaments and charity events, including two Canadian Open tournaments. The public venue offers thirty-six holes over a North and South course, 7403 yards and 7407 yards respectively; both with a par of seventy-two.

I recall being there some time ago when my sister and I were treating our mom to a special Mother’s Day brunch. We were lavished with some delicious foods inside of this gorgeously structured, and quite grand, chalet. But what stood out to me the most about this place, as I took a stroll up to the large glass windows, was looking out onto the beautifully crafted deck and then beyond to the breathtakingly expansive green fields that rolled out to forever; or so it seemed. My eyes bounced around at the distant and perfectly laid out trails for golfers that wove in and out of sculpted trees and beside small water holes that would spout fountains all throughout the course. It was awe inspiring to look upon and it briefly made me want to take up the game until I remembered that I tried once upon a time and developed a strong disliking for sand traps and… well, just not being too good at it.

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The sport of golf is making its Pan American Games debut which makes this an historical tournament; as well, it will also mark the 20th anniversary of Angus Glen.

Four Canadian Players will be teeing off of those grassy greens. Lorie Kane is joined by Austin Connelly and Garret Rank. Brooke Henderson has opted out of the tournament (as of this article) and Golf Canada is working on getting a replacement. Regardless, pro golfer and Richmond Hill resident Rebecca Lee Bentham has shown her excitement in the event.

“For the first time, Canadian golfers will represent Canada on home soil. I came here,” Rebecca says “often to play, practice and take lessons. Angus Glen will be a great host for the Pan Am Games.”

On a personal note, my anticipation for the games has risen as I watched someone I work with carry the Pan Am torch along Yonge Street in Richmond Hill; and judging by the crowds and celebrations that have been surrounding the relay all throughout York Region, I’d say the excitement is mutual. If you happen to be travelling our Ontario highways or roadsides, the Pan Am 2015 signs for this event are indicted with orange and blue colours, an arrow and the acronym ANG.

And the legend grows…