July 22, 2013 – You say Montréal’s a bustling city? We say it’s a golfer’s getaway (too). With a sizeable number of courses on the island and in handy proximity, you can swing your stick in picturesque settings, with the dynamic action of our vibrant metropolis in easy range.
Golf in Québec enjoys a long history. In fact, it’s been practiced in the province for over 100 years now, with the Scots establishing Le Royal Montréal Golf Club, North America’s oldest, in 1873. Founded by Scottish businessmen, the prestigious club first set up in a region of Québec, then, in 1884, on the flanks of Mount Royal downtown (“Fletcher’s Field”), only to relocate twice more until it found its permanent home on Île Bizard, just off the Island of Montréal’s westernmost tip. Its Blue Course is ranked among the “100 Greatest Courses in the World”.
On the island proper, you can play on a dozen or more courses, including the Club de Golf Métropolitain Anjou, created by Graham Cook and Associates, the distinguished architectural firm that has designed some of world’s most celebrated courses. Its 18-hole, par 72 Championship course is one of the longest public courses in Québec.
Off the island, Tremblant in the Laurentians offers an excellent choice, especially in autumn, when you can combine your game with the brilliant fall foliage, then relax with some soothing spa time after. Or, you might want to try the bucolic setting of the Eastern Townships. Follow up an afternoon on the fairways with a visit to a winery and a gourmet meal prepared with fresh local products in the area’s many excellent countryside restaurants.
Montréal is also host to the prestigious PGA Champions Tour – Montréal Championship at the Club de golf La Vallée du Richelieu. Seventy-eight of the world’s top golfers meet up here for a chance at the three-round, no cut, purse prize of $1,800,000 (US). The high-wattage event features 16 World Golf Hall of Fame members and golf legends that have combined to win close to 100 major PGA Tour championships.