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Ottawa, ON K1T3S1
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Date: 2012-May-05 Review by Dan P
Designed by Stanley Thompson in 1929, the Chateau Montebello Golf Club remains one of my favourite Thompson designs. Originally a private club until 1970, you can still see remnants of the original Seigniory Club throughout the clubhouse.
We played on one of the first gorgeous sunny days of the year. The course was in good shape for this time of season and it is easily recognised that due to the varying elevation changes this is one tough course to ever bring into pristine conditions.
The greens still showed a bit of dead areas but nothing that affected the outcome of a putt.
The fairways were in generally good condition. Yardages are clearly marked with posts on both sides at the standard 100, 150, and 200 yard positions.
There are only three sets of tee blocks but each pose a significantly different view and challenge. Tee yardages varied from almost 5000 yards to just over 6300.
Bring your camera! Le Chateau Montebello has some jaw dropping tee shots. Our playing partners were often seen snapping shots with their phones and I assume they had to be disappointed that they hadn't brought a more quality camera.
As typical with a Stanley Thompson design most par three's are spectacular. The 9th hole, a par 3 listed as 115 yards from the white tees, played to 146 yards according to my rangefinder. If there was one flaw in the day, this hole was it. You don't want to be short to this elevated green as you're certain to go into the rock face and add numerous strokes to your score as a short ball is a near impossible play. I was fortunate to land on the green but the pin placement saw a shape run-off to the front making it almost impossible to lag a putt. Despite my comments this is still one of my favourite holes on the course.
When last I played Montebello I seemed to remember that there were GPS units in the cart and food and drink could be ordered at the turn. This appears to have been removed. Water was provided to all players and I didn't see a beverage cart throughout our round.
For the first three holes of you'll be making an uphill climb. The stunning tee shot on the par 5 4th (another one of my favourite holes) sets the tone for the remainder of your round. This fading left monster is great for a long ball hitter. After the tee shot the fairway narrows toward the green where a small pond awaits in front for any gamblers who try to reach the green in two.
Although there isn't much water on the course, hole #8 and #14 do bring it in to play. The par 4 8th can be a challenging tee shot where you may want to leave your driver in the bag as a creek cuts diagonally across the fairway making your tee shot positioning essential. The same holds true for the 14th although more for an issue with twin adjoining ponds to confront.
Pricing for a round starts at $50 for a twilight rate and climbs to a peak of $85. All prices include cart, and you'll want one. Even for the mountain goat golfer some holes can be very trying.
A round of golf doesn't get much better than this with perfect company. Thanks, Cat!