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Montebello (as most people refer to it) is at times or just reaching for more golf balls. The most intriguing FAIRWAY FACTS
daunting, other times just plain fun, and in the end, a hole on the course demands a fine tee shot and then
very solid test of golf. brings water into play for the approach. Even with
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a safe journey to the green you will then be tested
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Thompson took full advantage of the terrain he was by its turbulent surface. The 17 is listed as a par
provided with. The golf courses tumbles to and fro three but makes a great “short par four” for many
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without being angular, simply twisting to fit the land. with 200 yards to traverse and a greedy bunker
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Hugues Fournier
Elevation changes of 100 feet in some spots (the 4 guarding the putting surface.
tee is a camera’s best friend) result in gasp-inducing
Superintendentviews of the Laurentians, especially captivating in At the conclusion of play you will undoubtedly be
the fall with a brilliant canvas of colours set before smiling, even if you play poorly. It is just that type Jacque Hebert
you. Most holes find you void of the company of of golf course – more of an experience that a trial of
other fairways. That is especially pleasing as you your skill. The Château, of course, always waits
Designer
may not want any witnesses to your attempts to with open arms and its sight is a comforting one.
Stanley Thompson
master the layout. Even so, I would guess that most golfers, if given
the chance,will leave the main building in short
Course Record
Your Montebello golf journey begins rather benignly. order to play a few more holes. It’s an addictive
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A 320-yard par four that is marked by fabled “mounds” course.
(ask and you get various stories – some not suitable
Yardage/Rating/Slope (Par 70/71)
for printing) sets you off with a decent chance at a On top of having a fine resort and golf course, the
Blue Tees – 6308 Yards/70.0/129
good score. From there though, you had best bring amenities at Le Chateau Montebello are top notch.
White Tees – 5844 Yards/67.9/123
your full arsenal of skills. Under the guidance of the affable Hugues Fournier,
Red Tees – 4988 Yards/69.1/128
the Director of Golf, the resort offers an extensive
One thing is apparent from the start at the course, practice facility and he is known for his gracious
Average Hole Lengths (Blue Tees)
even lies are at a premium so you better practice all approach to educating golf students, both in one-on-
Par 3’s – 177 Yards
your side-hill, downhill, and uphill shots before one settings and during weekly guest clinics. His
Par 4’s – 393 Yards
arrival. Clearly it ensures no two rounds can ever pro shop is stocked with top quality merchandise
Par 5’s – 499 Yards
be the same. and service to match is clearly a priority.
Fairmont Le Chateau
After the opener the subsequent hole introduces you In many ways Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello is
Montebello Golf Course
to the many rock formations that dot the course. a throwback to a gilded age. And for that, I applaud
300 rue de Chalet,
Errant shots anywhere are not encouraged and it for the preservation of this grandeur. From the
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especially at Montebello where accuracy is at a resort to the golf course, one visit will prove why, in
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premium. A conservative course of play will likely all its forms, it has proven to be a true getaway from
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be rewarded with playable shots, it is those who the struggles of daily life.
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just get too aggressive that will be punished the
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most. Passing through the cedar log gate as you leave,
most often the only thought on guests minds is just
Holes three through eight are a strong and when they might be able to return.
impressive loop of holes. You have everything
from reachable par fives, to par fours where you
can challenge the green, the fear inducing par three
holes like the ninth (overall the par three’s are top
notch – a Thompson hallmark). Elevation is a major
factor in all. The fifth hole is a brute of a par four at
448 yards but even wise players will choose to get
their ball in play with a three wood over trying to
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bash a driver. The 8 hole, at just over 300 yards,
is a par four that proves length is often overrated in
design. Off an elevated tee you may be tempted to
drive the green but a creek meandering in front of
the green, along with other hazards, will keep you
honest.. I would hazard a guess that as often as
there have been eagles recorded at the hole, that
there are multiple times more double bogeys or
worse that make it on to the scorecard.
Just as you find on the front nine, the second stanza
at Montebello starts rather demurely and then
welcomes you into a riddle that you have to work
at. With four beefy par four holes measuring more
than 400 yards each, you have to fight for everything
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you get on the back nine. The 14 will leave you
screaming in joyful delight, scratching your head,
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