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The Carling Lake Golf Club, precisely located on Carling Lake, is obviously one of the many natural jewels nestled in the Laurentians. Located 80 kilometres northwest of Montreal, amid mountains and majestic trees, the Carling Lake Golf Club represents an exceptional getaway and relaxation retreat. Beyond its magnificent golf course, the generous nature surrounding Carling Lake favours the practice of many thrilling outdoor activities such as hiking, white water rafting and swimming. The unique and staggering autumnal change of colours is by itself worth the trip.
Conceived and designed by the famed golf architect Howard Watson, the 18-hole course has drawn many generations of passionate golfers since 1961, amateurs and professionals. Its quality sports and lodging facilities as well as its efficient and outstanding customer service given out by experienced and courteous employees all contributed to the indisputable reputation of the Carling Lake Golf Club. It then comes as no surprise that Golf Digest U.S. ranked it as one of the most beautiful public golf courses in Canada!
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3037 Quail Run Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1T3S1
Light snow in the morning.
Snow (< 1 cm.) in the afternoon.
Foggy in the morning.
Mostly cloudy until evening.
Date: 2008-Aug-17 Review by James C
Most greens are in very good shape, however, some seem to lack enough needed sun and were in slightly rough shape but not bad. Some very undulating greens with some punishing slopes to them. Overall I found most greens in good shape, with some being extremely difficult to putt due to the undulations. Nice challenge though.
Most fairways were in good shape. Some low lying spots were very soggy (probably due to the very wet summer we've had), Lift, clean, and place takes care of that issue. Yardage markers at 200, 150 and 100 yards.
Tee boxes were in very good shape though a little hard. The grass was well maintained but I would like to have seen better yardage markers off the tee. Some holes seemed to have misleading yardage to edge of water and through fairways. Number 6 showed a total yardage of 474 which I wondered about as I hit a 5 wood through the dog leg at 274 yards. I can't hit a 5 wood 274, so I question the yardage. The tee box on the 16th is way too close to the tee box on 7th (I think it was the 7th). On 16th tee the sign shows 282 to the water. I hit a choked up driver into the wind, which I normally hit 275 with no choke. I was into the water. Again, I question that yardage marker.
All in all the tee boxes were good.
Good variety of holes, however, one par 3 and one par 5 on the back nine makes for an odd 9 holes. Some pretty extreme elevation changes make for some challenging club choices, though I enjoyed the layout.
$67 Green fees (summer 2008) include cart, which I found very reasonable and well worth stopping in for a round. I would definitely come back to play again.
I found the course very challenging, as I have mentioned, with the elevation changes and the very quick undulating greens. The fairways are generous enough for the average golfer.
The scenery on this course is fantastic. I loved the views and vistas off of several tee boxes and greens. Course is well maintained.
Definitely the bilingual staff were very courteous, setting up our clubs on carts before the round and driving us to our car in the parking lot after the round.
The clubhouse hearkens back to older days of the Laurentians, which I like, with old style clubhouse and modern pro-shop. It is a little confusing when you first arrive as to where the pro-shop is located.
The weather was fantastic, cart paths were fine, though confusing at times, with several crossing each other. Signs with directions to the next hole were generally good however some were easy to miss.
I had a great time and I would recommend playing Lac Carling if you're ever in the area.
P.S. I shot 86.
Date: 2008-Aug-17 Review by Dan P
These greens play tough! Lots of contour on every green. The shape of green #14 makes it almost impossible to establish a pin placement where a ball can be run up close. Greens could probably left a little longer to help combat the contour. Some greens are in so-so shape probably because the location amongst the trees does not allow them to get enough sunshine. On a normal round I take 32-34 putts. On this day I had 41.
Some fairways are very tight while others will allow a bit of a bail on one side or the other. Refer to the scorecard before you tee off. Yardage plates are easily found for 200, 150, and 100 yards. Fairways are in decent shape. A few areas roped off for repair due to wetness.
Lots of nice elevated tee decks. Despite the hilly terrain there wasn't very many holes with blind tee shots. Tees were quite level and in good shape. Tee block on par 3s are a little rougher then others. A couple of tee decks are close too close to each other. We had a ball roll rather close from an errant shot. Signage at tees is adequate but only gives yardage to green.
Some short par fours to begin the round. Holes #2 through #4 are sub 310 yards from the whites. Lots of contour change throughout the course. Oddly, hole #18 is the easiest, widest, and flattest of them all.
Hole #8 is a monster par 3 at 225 yards from the whites. The longest par 3 I've played this year.
Bunkers had some larger, unwanted stones that I felt should be removed.
Carling Lake provides lots of variety and requires better than average shot making to achieve a low score.
The price is in the ballpark for the quality of course. The food prices were very good as we stopped at the clubhouse after nine for a quick 'dog'.
Carling Lake will be added to my yearly must play courses.
The contour of the greens and the elevation changes throughout the course produce a great challenge. I want another crack at Carling Lake this season.
A wilderness setting with picturesque views throughout. Rolling hills around the course enhance the course.
The tee blocks at #16 has a gorgeous view.
Underbrush is quite thick and a tough play to get out if a ball is found.
Staff were quite fluent in both official languages and are quick at identifying which to use. There was no beverage cart on course.
An older style clubhouse and a bit unique. Rarely do I see a bar in the change room.
Pro shop was amply stocked with all the necessary golf attire and supplies.
You'll probably have to drop your clubs off and park near the course entrance. It's a bit of a hike but a shuttle is provided.
Using the scorecard is a must to see what's ahead. Take note! Some holes post added distances to water or the end of the fairway.
Course should be easy to navigate (I didn't have any trouble) and a good portion of the cart paths are paved.
Carling Lake is a bit out of the way but a worthy stop if traveling between Ottawa and Montreal. I strongly recommend taking a cart. A resort is on-site so stay and play packages are available.