Sculpted into the banks of the St. Lawrence River, Iroquois Golf Club’s links-style course spans 6,158 yards of gently undulating terrain. As players traverse the picturesque par 72, riverside winds, relatively sparse trees, and scorecards printed in Gaelic channel the coastal charms of the old courses of the Emerald Isle. Intervening waterways appear on all but three holes, placing confident swings and sound course management at a premium. Rounds conclude with a dramatic finish at the par 3 18th hole, where approach shots must send golf balls soaring over a water hazard that sits between tee and green and houses a community of great blue herons who raise their young on a golf ball-based diet. Patrons who arrive by plane at the Iroquois Air Strip or by boat at the Iroquois Marine Services can call the golf club and arrange for a shuttle to drive them to and from the course.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Course rating of 68.8 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 127 from the farthest tees * Length of 6,158 yards from the farthest tees * Three tee options * Link to scorecard
The lush, 160-acre course at Lombard Glen offers a fun and challenging round of golf for novice greenspersons and experienced golfers alike. Nine different holes feature treacherous water hazards for the speckled spheres to avoid while soaring through the air, and large bent-grass greens offer a fun challenge for X-treme putting throwdowns between friends or enemies. Bone up on your driving skills on more than 6,000 yards of playing area, or meticulously perfect a putting technique to impress future romantic prospects that may be wandering the course’s bordering forest.
As they traverse Capital Golf Centre's course, players will notice that there aren’t any water hazards or sandtraps to contend with, or, for that matter, any par 4s or 5s. This is entirely by design: the course architects designed a low-stress experience for all players, but primarily those who are just taking up the game or picking it back up after a long time away. The result is a par 3 course that winds through the Ottawa Valley forest, composed of 18 holes measuring up to 202 yards. The layout helps novice and veteran players alike focus on accuracy with their irons and short game, without the difficulties from long water carries or tight lies in bunkers riddled with sunbathing tourists.
Players can head to the practice area and make use of the driving range’s mat or grass tees, putting green, and chipping green. A portion of the driving range is specifically dedicated to short iron play, with targets spaced out between 50 to 350 yards away.
In 1954, Alfred and Jean Welch purchased 100 acres of land 20-minutes from downtown Ottawa. One day, a friend suggested that the picturesque property could make a beautiful golf course: it had streams, trees, and plenty of space for golf carts to roam. The idea became Alfred's dream, and by 1976, he had transformed the property into a nine-hole course. The operation grew steadily over the years and today it features 27 holes, including a 6,500-yard 18-hole course and a 3,000-yard nine-hole course. Metcalfe Golf Club also boasts a year-round restaurant named Hickories. Guests can sit on Hickories screened-in patio and admire the 400 year old Oak tree, watch the families of ducks, and even catch a glimpse of the local blue heron. Hickories also feature a buffet during select hours. See the buffet schedule.
Thunderbird Sports Centre challenges clubswingers' short game on its nine-hole, par 27 Thunderbird Golf Course. Honouring the undulating terrain, plentiful evergreens, and deciduous trees, the course layout sets a brisk pace with a 10-storey metronome at the center and holes ranging from 88 to 142 yards. Design elements elevate play even further, intermingling bodies of water, sand traps, and deep rough. The fully lit course stays open until 10:30 p.m., or whenever the area's stone gargoyles come to life. Pull cart ($3.75) and club rentals ($9.15) are also available, and golfers can refresh before or after a game at the pro shop.
Whether trading groundstrokes on the tennis courts, hunting birdies on the golf course, or practicing cannonballs in the swimming pool, guests make the most of the summer sun at Amberwood Village Golf and Country Club. On the nine-hole, 2,387-yard executive golf course, golfers are presented with three par 4s, five par 3s, and one 463-yard par 5 that prevents drivers and 3 woods from napping in their head covers all day. The whooshes of ace serves and forehand winners echo above the club's three hard-surface tennis courts, where players can schedule open court times or register for lessons.
Appetites piqued by outdoor recreation can be sated at bistrofiftyfour, where chefs put their spin on European bistro classics with an expansive menu that features jumbo shrimp linguini, open-faced smoked salmon sandwiches, and thin-crust pizzas. Guests can unwind amid granite countertops and straight-backed leather chairs in the indoor diner or bestow pet names on every club in their bags from the outdoor patio, which overlooks the golf course.