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Chateau Montebello Golf Club
An Illustrious Pedigree
by Flagstick Staff
When a national golf publication recently published their Top 100 list of Canadian golf courses, as
expected, there was much uproar about the courses included. And one name left off that list that was
heralded by many as notably absent was Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello Golf Club.
Hugging the Ottawa River on the Quebec side, for Prior to 1970, for more than four decades, Chateau of Louis-Joseph Papineau. The name would stick
more than 70 years Montebello has been a vaulted Montebello was a private retreat from the world. and Saddlemire’s vision of a retreat for business
playground for many, undoubtedly leaving the Until Canadian Pacific Hotels purchased the club and political leaders came to fruition, opening in
property after their first visit with a sense of awe. and opened it to the public as a resort, its pleasures July of 1930. Kings, heads of state and all manners
were known to only the privileged and their guests. of celebrities have been guests.
To visit Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello Golf Club The resort came under its current name in 1999
today is to touch a part of history. No modern when CP Hotels renamed its resort division. In the Of course, to have a world class retreat in 1930 golf
renovation could peel away the inherent charm face of name changes the resort has largely remained could not be ignored and none other than the
developed from such a dense fabric of events that unaltered (save for a few modern upgrades) since renowned Stanley Thompson was drafted to create
has shaped its story. From the resort itself all the it’s origin in the 1930. This direct link to the past is a layout . Brilliantly, Thompson matched the grandeur
way to the golf course, there is a palpable tradition the centrepiece of its charm, both at the resort and of the hotel with his work. It opened to the pleasure
here that, to even be a part of for a daily visit, on the golf course. of members and guests in 1931.
makes you feel that you have been included in
something far greater. Effusive praise yes, but While our main interest is the golf course, it is hard Although it was given an update by John Watson,
those who have made the trek to the resort located to ignore the resort itself. Often billed as the world’s the son of Thompson associate Howard Watson,
about an hour from Ottawa and less than two from largest “log cabin”, the massive chateau was just under 20 years ago, it fortunately remains a
Montreal know just what I speak of. constructed by Harold M. Saddlemire. He called testament to Thompson’s brilliance. Largely
his project “Lucerne-in-Quebec”, a name similar to underappreciated by many modern golfers due to a
Lots of golf courses in the region can claim an a failed project he also developed in the state of length of just over 6300 yards, true fans of golf will
interesting past but few tales equate to that of the Maine in his home country. Later the Quebec enclave recognize its inherent greatness.
founding of what people now call Fairmont Le was renamed the Seigniory Club, a name that
Chateau Montebello. honoured the land it was built on, part of the seigniory Working with a rocky, mountainous terrain
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