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3037 Quail Run Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1T3S1
Mostly cloudy until evening.
Foggy in the evening.
Mostly cloudy in the morning.
Date: 2011-Jun-11 Review by Dan P
Although the greens had a decent speed to them there were quite a few rough patches. Green size varied from hole to hole.
A few blind approaches often left us guessing whether the flag was left or right. Nor did we know how much play we had in depth.
The rolling fairways can produce some uneven lies.
Fairways were standard width and yardage markers were stakes located in the middle. The fairways were surprisingly dry even with the amount of rainfall that has fallen this spring. I'm assuming it is because of the course location in the Gatineau hills.
Five tee boxes ranging from 5000 to 6600 yards. Signage was easily visible at the tee boxes. Tees boxes were quite hard and I often had to make an extra attempt at placing my tee in the ground. Boxes were a bit narrow.
Course layout is a par 71 with the front nine being a par 34 and the back a par 37. Lots of rolling hills and elevation changes but the course would still be quite walkable.
The bunker sand on the front was superb but it looked like a different colour of sand on the 18th. We only got to play the front nine so I can't confirm the different sand.
Average price for golf and cart. I'd come back top play the try the full 18 but there are nicer courses closer to home.
There were very few places to get in difficulty. Spraying the ball left or right still allowed you to recover.
The par 3 7th has a blind approach. We could see the pin but had no idea where best to play. It was simply a take aim at the flag and fire.
Some water will come into play (#6, #8, and #9). A long hitter on #6 needs to be careful of their distance off the tee. Hole #9 can be a difficult green to hit.
Royal Papineau was a bit more open than I expected. I though the course would be cut through the hills with bordering trees on fairways. This is not the case.
The rough was a bit long with clumps of grass clippings lying about. We had difficulty finding a number of balls that strayed from the fairway.
The surrounding hills provides a nice serene setting.
No beverage cart was visible.
Although friendly and courteous, staff seemed a bit unorganized and confused (especially with our arrival).
I typically buy a logo golf ball at every course I play but I didn't see any in the pro shop. The pro shop appeared very bare of supplies.
The parking lot was of substantial size and could easily hold all vehicles for a daily tournament.
The scorecard could use a course map as I can see someone getting confused on directions.
Cart paths were not paved but that's inconsequential. It would be nice to make the signage to the next hole a little more visible.
We only got to play the front nine as a tournament was booked. We were asked who booked our round because we should have been informed of the tournament but we did used the online booking. I guess the online system needs a bit of work. Seeing as our drive was a bit over an hour it was disappointing not to get in a complete round.
I'd like to play Royal Papineau again and give it a fairer review as I'm basing my review of only nine holes.