Story by Sherel Purcell
Vacay.ca Golf Writer
Here are five of the best courses in the region:
1. Golf Château-Bromont
Serge, a local golf fanatic, says Golf Château-Bromont is his favourite course in the region. “The mountain views are spectacular and the greens are always in great shape and mosquitoes and black flies are rare.”
This par 72 course, opened in 1964 sports wide fairways, easy par 5s, and great views of the Townships. The back nine plays easier than the front and the best holes start with an elevated tee shot to a green far below. The greens play fairly slow with challenging undulations and large breaks compliments of nearby Mount Bromont. The intimidating signature 15th demands a long drive over water.
Tips: Take a cart — usually included — to combat serious uphill climbs.
A design quirk on the 13th hole requires golfers to approach the tees from the green — note the hidden water hazard behind the hole as you approach the tee boxes.
Bring your bathing suit to the course for an après golf swim in the outdoor pool adjacent the clubhouse, which is less crowded than the hotel pool.
This year, rates range from shoulder season specials of $45 per person including golf, cart and a light lunch. Regular walking rates range from $40 to $50 with twilight/early mornings from $20 to $30.
One-night packages per person including full breakfast, golf and cart start at $121.50 to $185 with four-course meal in superior accommodations.
Apres golf activities: Take advantage of a wide range of Château Bromont Spa treatments and an oriental-style hammam surrounded by landscaped gardens, waterfalls and a whirlpool bath — the only one of its kind in Quebec. An adjacent bike trail joins the 3,000-kilometre Route Verte. Dining options include the popular Les Quatre Canards restaurant with signature Lac Brome duck and an extensive wine list.
95, rue de Montmorency, Bromont, Quebec J2L 2J1
Telephone: 450-534-1199 (toll-free, 1-888-276-6668)
2. Le Royal Bromont
400, chemin Compton, Bromont, Quebec J2L 1E9
Telephone: 450-534-4653 (toll-free, 1-888-281-0017)
3. Le Parcours Du Vieux Village
Another 18-hole championship course, Le Parcours Du Vieux Village sits in the shadow of Mount Bromont on the banks of the Yamaska River. Since 1994, this Score Golf favourite (9/10) with the pretty Victorian clubhouse has been attracting locals and visitors with bargain green fees from $20 to $44.
50 Rue du Bourgmestre, Bromont, Quebec J2L 2R8
Telephone: 888-793-3392 (toll-free)
4. Manoir des Sables Golf Course
Facing Mont Orford, the Manoir des Sables Golf Course includes 27 holes sitting on a private lake. The par-71,18-hole championship course starts with an uphill par 5 followed by three holes of excellent mountain views.
Greens fees are a reasonable $38 to $42 but do not include cart. Best to go for the golf/cart/three-course dinner package for $77 or a Stay and Play package in one of 117 rooms and suites with mountain or lake views.
Apres golf activities: Enjoy great drink specials — $12 pitchers of premium beer anyone? And $2 steamies (hot dogs) on the sprawling verandah of the Albatross Bar as you watch weary golfers struggle on the 18th green. Alternatively, head into Magog a few minutes away for a cooling dip in Lake Memaphremagog or a meal on the many terraced bars and restaurants lining the main street and Cherry River.
90, avenue des Jardins, Orford (Canton d’), Quebec J1X 6M6
Telephone: 819-847-4747 (toll-free, 1-877-8455)
5. Owl’s Head Golf Course
40, chemin du Mont Owl’s Head, Mansonville, Quebec J0E 1X0
Telephone: 450-292-3342 (toll-free, 1-800-363-3342)