Behind the 110th Canadian Open

Stéphanie Alcaraz-Robinson
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Around 100,000 spectators take in international golf tournament at Ile Bizard golf club

While some of the biggest names in the world of golf competed at the RBC Canadian Open, the Royal Montreal Golf Club turned into a bee-hive over the week-end. The Chronicle got a sneak-peek behind the scenes at the golf club.

To accommodate more than 150 golfers from the PGA and their families, the golf club has become a fortress. The club house is restricted: impossible to enter without showing their credentials. The security guards are watching you! If one has an invitation, they can rub shoulders with the players and share a table with them. "This is a very special atmosphere," said RBC's tour guide Shauna Cook about the proximity to the players.

In addition to regular employees, the golf club buzzing with nearly 1,800 volunteers, 250 representatives of local and international media and nearly 100,000 visitors. It includes fifty policemen, nearly 300 security officers and 450 marshals - officials enforcing protocols, and ensuring that everything goes as planned.

A different menu

The club house kitchen has more than 250 workers cooking it up and working to make the stay all the more pleasant, taking into account the particularities and special requests. For example, some players require vegetarian menus or food without gluten. Renowned for its refined cuisine, the golf club is serving poutine and smoked meat – only during the tournament. We are still in Montreal after all.

The media also have their own playground. A huge media center is arranged for them, including a landscaped corner studio location for press conferences, simultaneous transcripts of interviews and a section for refreshments and luncheons.

"We wanted the event to be accessible. Golf is for everyone." - RBC's President, Quebec Headquarter

An unusual crowd

It would be easy to believe that the crowd would consist of older golf enthusiasts, but one can see children playing and people from all backgrounds.

"Everyone is invited, said RBC's President, Quebec Headquarter, Martin Thibodeault. The tournament is free for children under 17. We wanted the event to be accessible. Golf is for everyone. And, by inviting young people, we thought a lot of activities for them. We want to make it interactive. "

Economic benefits

With more than 100,000 attendees, and thousands of employees, players and their families, the RBC Canadian Open is attractive for businesses in the region and becomes an attractive tourist activity.

Ile-Bizard's Scalo restaurant has exceptionnaly opened its doors during the day to hungry patrons. At the time of going to press, it was impossible to obtain specific information about the events economic benefits.

Organizations: RBC

Geographic location: Île-Bizard, Montreal, Quebec

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