Glen Abbey Golf Course has never been identified in the Town’s Official Plan as having future growth potential. Glen Abbey plays a unique role in the cultural, economic, and urban structure of the community. It is an integral part of Oakville’s character.
While most widely recognized for its role in Canadian golf and the home of the Canadian Open, the 229 acre property has a diverse past that contributes to its cultural heritage. Its lands were home to Indigenous peoples recognized under the 1763 Royal Proclamation. Beginning in 1795, treaties with the British resulted in new settlements on the lands beside Sixteen Mile Creek, notably farms and a sawmill. In the early 20th century, the current property was first consolidated as the private RayDor estate. It then became a 1950s Jesuit religious retreat. In the 1960s it became a golf course, country club, and ski club.
Its current form is dominated by the 1970s vision to design the lands to provide an innovative hub and spoke, spectator-friendly golf course for both recreational and championship use.
The proposed development is inconsistent with the Livable Oakville vision for development in Oakville. The Town of Oakville has taken action to protect this Cultural Heritage Landscape. Read more about the history of Glen Abbey by clicking on this link:
Photo Credits: Joe Brandt, Wendy Bodnoff, Gary Mark, Shelli Fisico, Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, Oakville Beaver