Hips start swiveling with grace at White Sands Golf Course & Practice Centre, where golfers hone their form at a nine-hole executive course, extensive practice facilities, and academy classes. On the 1,477-yard course designed by Graham Cooke, golfers can choose from three tee options and finish rounds in less than two hours. To gear up for the water hazards and serpentine sand bunkers that stud the fairways, players can sharpen their technique at the extensive White Sands practice facility. Here, 30 fibre mats and 42 grass tees await along the driving range, and players can work on their victory half smiles after chipping out of the practice sand trap onto a green.
White Sands Golf Course & Practice Centre is also the site of the Graham Gunn Golf Advantage School, whose head is a member of the European Senior Tour and spent a decade as head professional at the Carleton Golf & Yacht Club. Gunn teaches clinics and offers private coaching for students who don’t want to be overheard asking how long you have to sit on a golf ball before it hatches.
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.
Formerly known as the Glenlea Golf Club, the Champlain Golf Club retains its antecedent's undulated 18-hole course, where both beginner and advanced golfers practice swinging and putting skills. The club's accredited CPGA instructors can guide guests on the practice greens before they take on the rolling fairways beset with obstacles such as water hazards, drainage ditches, three-tier sand castles. After invigorating rounds on the course, visitors can re-energize with a feast at the club restaurant or restock their collection of balls and irons at the pro shop.
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
Club De Golf Tecumseh incorporates the Gatineau countryside’s diverse topography into the design of its 18-hole, 6,466-yard golf course that sits on the north side of the Ottawa River. A quick jaunt from downtown Ottawa, the course caters to players of all abilities who are looking for a respite from the workday doldrums or an excuse to use their dueling golf glove against fellow competitors. The par-72 layout boasts tree-lined fairways, a multitude of sand traps, and several water hazards that will put golfers’ swings to the test.