Course profile: Outaouais Golf Club
May 14, 5:25 PM Ottawa Golf Examiner
Management and staff at the Outaouais Golf Club are celebrating their 50th anniversary and would like to invite more golfers to join the fun.
“To mark our milestone we are looking to add 50 new members,” said Jocelyn Robert, general manager and chief operating officer of the semi-private 27-hole premium golf course. “In order to make our offer more attractive, we’ve waved the initiation fee and have invested heavily in the facilities. If people hurry, they’ll be able to save before the HST comes into effect.
The club’s fresh appearance includes a complete makeover of the dining room and bar, the addition of WIFI service in the fully-stocked pro shop, which now has a café serving Second Cup coffee and snacks, a total redesign of the grand hall, construction of a fitness centre and the hiring of a gardener to plant and grow the colorful accents that will make the already stunning track a visual tour de force.
“The Outaouais Golf Club has always had a reputation for its outstanding conditions,” said Robert of the layout that scores high marks with golfers because of the interesting variety of holes. “Our grounds superintendent Nick Westwood and his team keep it in excellent shape.”
“And we’ve been fortunate to have had great weather so far this year,” said Westwood, who is in his fifth season at the club. “Right now we’re at least a month ahead in our grooming schedule and our greens are quick and true.”
Westwood is also popular with members and green fee players because the rough is cut short so that it’s not hard on the wrists as golfers try to make their way back to the fairways.
When players tee it up on one of the four sets of tees at the Outaouais Golf Club, they hit and then walk or ride along a lush rolling landscape that is dotted by ponds and provides for both the links and parkland styles of golf.
After the East Course nine opened in 2003, it brought wider fairways into play and they complement the tighter forest-lined West and South Courses in such a way that each round is a challenging adventure for players of all talent levels. One thing about the woods: They are not always situated in thick areas of brush, so while a shot my take a wayward path, there’s a very good possibility of finding the ball.
The overall popularity of the Outaouais Golf Club has resulted in the announcements of special social events being met with a large response.
“Both our 50th Anniversary Golf Tournament on May 29 and our Gala Dance on June 12 are sold out,” Robert said. “This shows that people enjoy coming here to not only play golf but also to gather with friends. We have a terrific combination of French and English people who make our club unique.”
Proof of the joie de vivre that greets players each and every time they land at the club is there are always several groups of people around the facility chatting in both languages about their golf games, sports or the news topic of the day.
And it’s not always about swinging the clubs at the Outaouais Golf Club.
“Our upgrades allows us to put on wonderful special occasions for people who would like to have their wedding receptions here, for example,” said Robert. “The menu offers plenty of variety and the meals are of the best quality because our chef, Chadi Chebli, is a graduate of Ottawa’s Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School.”
Don Westphal, the club’s head professional, is a member of the management team that provides outstanding service. He makes sure everyone comes away satisfied with their golfing experience at the club.
Golf lessons and several other services are high priorities, too.
“We offer several instructional programs for all levels of play, as well as an ideal short game facility and range balls can be rented by the bucket at incredibly low prices,” Westphal said. “The Driving Range Club is a superb practice facility and is surrounded by nature. We are equipped with 12 driving bays and a large putting green. We also provide club fitting and repairs.”
The Online Tee Time Reservations Club uses the GGGolf's tee- time reservation software. It allows members, through a user-friendly interface, to easily book and view their reservation cards, see their current tee-times and look at the current tee-time sheets in real time.
Another notable service for members to use is a storage department for clubs. A large fleet of power and pull carts and inexpensive club rentals are also available.
The Outaouais Golf Club is located on the east side of Rockland off Hwy. 17, about 30 minutes from Ottawa.
For more details, visit www.golf-outaouais.ca or call 613.446.4490.