After a three-year renovation by renowned course architects Graham Cooke and Stan Brigham, Gatineau Club de Golf unveiled a sleek new course layout in 2010. The site boasts championship-calibre credentials, including a total distance of more than 7,000 yards from the back tees and large bent-grass greens that punish poorly struck approaches with treacherous putts. Generous fairways reward precise bifurcation with excellent lies, but players guilty of errant drives will be pleasantly surprised to find plenty of room to make a bold go at the green. Water makes its omnipresence known as early as the 395-yard second hole, where players must tee off over a pond, negotiate with a creek that crosses the fairway 100 yards in front of the green, and avoid the water that buttresses the green to the left and rear. The 18th hole makes a 90-degree dogleg right around a massive reservoir and a pond stretching alongside the entire right length of the fairway, demanding the same precision as the moat around a driveway.
Carved through the tree-lined wetlands near the Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort, Golf Manitou's par-58 course showcases the artistry of architect Darrell Huxham. By design, each hole is a grassy homage to a different legendary golf course—the sand encircling the tenth green, for instance, recalls the Desert Highlands Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the towering pine trees around the third hole mimic North Carolina's legendary Pinehurst. Unlike the thick shag carpet covering other courses' greens, slick bent grass makes for fast putts at almost every hole—including the fourth green's two-tiered tribute to Ballybunion Golf Club in Ireland. Before rounds, golfers can warm up at the driving range, which sports both grass and synthetic hitting bays, or practice putting and chipping on a massive 18-hole, 30,000-square-foot practice green.
A year-round hotspot at the Jay Peak Resort, Jay Peak Pump House Indoor Waterpark beckons families to slip into its colorful slides and lounge in its 100-plus-degree hot tubs. La Chute, a quick-descending slide 65’ above the water, launches visitors through a 360-degree turn before depositing them in the pool below only six seconds later. In the Mill Pond kids’ play area, children man water cannons, adjusting their trajectory to blast unsuspecting friends or hydrate parched marathon runners.
An arcade replete with 3-D games and immersive ride simulators provides a break from underwater exploits, and the snack shack quells cravings for pizza, burgers, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Adults can lounge at the poolside bar, where bartenders serve up frozen cocktails, draft beers, and firsthand advice on shark wrangling.
A grain silo juts skyward from the surrounding foliage just beyond the second green at Mountain Creek Golf Course, providing a directional target as golfers’ line up shots off the tee. This scenario sets the scene for the countryside players can expect to encounter as they herd their golf balls along the 18-hole course, measuring 6,207 yards from the furthest of four tees. Players also encounter a pair of lakes and a winding creek that enters play on five separate holes. After rounds, golfers can retire to the clubhouse situated atop a hill, from which they’ll be able to look out over the course, farmland, and any unidentified crop circles.
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From its perch alongside the Desert River, the Château Logue Hotel & Golf Resort invites guests to swing their way through the countryside charm of Golf des Trois Clochers’ nine-hole golf course. The course showcases an array of difficult hole designs, ranging from the 160-yard-or-fewer layouts of the par 3 first and third holes to the fourth hole’s 553-yard tee-to-green terrain. After pencilling in their final scores, golfers can refuel at the recto-bar and lounge on the terrace while munching on paninis, or they can waltz into le Poste de Traite, an elegant restaurant with a menu of steak and seafood, and dining room decor that harks back to a bygone era of horse-drawn carriages and caddy-drawn golf carts.
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The course at Arnprior Golf Club strikes a tricky balance with its target-style layout. By rewarding precise shot making, the links present a challenge for experienced players, yet the simple layout makes the course accessible to first-timers and PGA pros with amnesia. The 11th hole, called the Quarry Hole, is a deceptively challenging test: though the pin is only 91 yards away, it's surrounded by a water hazard and a sloped green ready to send errant shots into the drink.
Course at a Glance