By Joe Passov
Friday, February 16, 2007

After Walter Hagen captured the 1931 Canadian Open, he wired his hotel, "Fill the bathtub with champagne." Now there's a guy who knew how to celebrate a big win. As late as the 1980s, the Canadian Open was considered just a whisker below the four majors in importance. It had tradition, dating to 1904, a legacy of great champions (Hagen, Sam Snead, Tommy Armour, Byron Nelson and Arnold Palmer, to name five) and was historically played on outstanding courses (Hamilton, St. George's and Royal Montreal all have logged time on GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the World list.

Hamilton Golf & Country Club

Jasper Park, Alberta

Banff Springs, Alberta

Kananaskis, Alberta

Glen Abbey, Ontario

Highlands Links, Nova Scotia

Joe Passov is the Architecture and Course Ratings Editor of GOLF MAGAZINE. E-mail him your questions and thoughts at

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