Residents opposed to Glen Abbey development seek heritage status

U.S. golfer Dustin Johnson eyes the putt on the seventh hole during the 2017 Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in July. (Nathan Denette/CP)

Oakville residents opposed to a proposed housing development at Glen Abbey are now seeking provincial protection as a heritage site in the hopes of preserving the iconic golf course.

A committee in Oakville, Ont., voted unanimously on Tuesday to issue a notice of intention to designate Glen Abbey Golf Course under the Ontario Heritage Act, according to InsideHalton.com.

Golf giant ClubLink Enterprises Ltd. owns the course and had previously announced plans to build more than 3,000 residential units on site.

It’s unclear what impact a heritage designation would have on ClubLink’s plans.

An Oakville town council meeting on Aug. 22 could further move the process along and allow for city staff to look into options for protective measures for the course.

Glen Abbey, which was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, has hosted the Canadian Open more than any other course in the nation.

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