Much like confronting a former bully at a high-school reunion, playing golf requires an efficient swing and at least three friends to cheer you on. Take a stand against a shank-producing stroke with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a round of golf for two at Gatineau Club de Golf, located in Aylmer (up to a $90 value). This Groupon is valid for any tee time Monday–Thursday or after 1 p.m. Friday–Sunday.
Gatineau Club de Golf's championship course sprawls across more than 7,000 yards of recently renovated fairways. Front and back tees allow club sluggers of all experience levels to enjoy the challenge of 18 signature holes, dotted with bunkers and ponds filled with ball-scavenging selkies. Test swing power on the lengthy, par 5 ninth hole or curve zingers past the willow tree of the 17th. Canadian champion Graham Cooke lent his fairway-whispering skills to the task of redesigning the course, which includes well-manicured bent greens and argyle-sock-washing stations.
Gatineau Club de Golf
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.