June 27, 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.
On the island itself, you'll find a wonderful selection of courses, prime among them being the two Pat Ruddy-designed courses at Club de Golf de l’île de Montréal, the Ireland course providing a links-like course in the heart of the city – and it plays tough! The Island course just across the highway (you pass under it) is more tree-lined, but still favours the straight-hitters.
Not far away are two excellent Graham Cooke-designed courses at Métropolitain Anjou Golf Club, easily reachable from downtown in 20 minutes. Its 18-hole, par 72 Championship course is one of the longest public courses in Québec.
On the northern tip of Montréal, Club de Golf St-Raphaël has two exquisite tree-lined courses, one open primarily for members but the other, equally challenging, is for visitors and the very realistic price includes a pull-cart and bottled water.
Go west, as they used to say, and just off the island, 10 minutes past the Montréal-Trudeau Airport, is Club de Golf Atlantide, a hidden gem of a course running through trees, around lakes and with several holes running along the shore of Saint-Louis Lake with a view of downtown Montréal in the distance.
On the south shore, in Longueuil, Golf Parcours du Cerf has two very well-maintained courses and a very warm reception. The Faon is the toughest, being fairly wide open, but not by much. The Brocard runs more through the trees, and here, accuracy is the key. And for something unusual try Golf des Îles in Boucherville, a challenging course set on an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. You actually need to take a boat to the first tee!
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.