Outaouais Golf Review
Ottawa Sun Backswing
When standing on the nine-west tee at the Club de Golf Outaouais, the duality of natural beauty and sport inherent in the game of golf truly hits home. Before you lies a sharp dog leg right, par 4. Hit the ball 175 yards, and you’ll have a good look at a steeply elevated green, rising precipitously out of a scenic pond. Two fountains send water surging upwards, the sound of which soothes the nerves for the next tough shot. From this point it’s not far to the green, but getting there requires an intimidating pitch over water. All that remains is a solid putt, and you’ll no doubt be left with a smile as you peer back at the picturesque ninth hole.
Outaouais is a 27-hole, semi-private premium course located just past Rockland (30 minutes from downtown Ottawa). It gives players the option of three combinations of nines: south-west, east-south, and west-east. The east nine was built seven years ago, and offers players a more wide open, links style experience as opposed to the more closed in parkland design of the south and west nines.
In addition to great golf, Club de Golf Outaouais restaurant/bar offers players and guests alike with a distinguished setting in which to eat and socialize. Its wood framing and chalet-like design would easily be at home on the slopes of the Swiss Alps and inside, the atmosphere is relaxing and friendly - a perfect place to have a drink and discuss the round with friends. The menu is extensive, and guests can expect the highest quality from Executive Chef Chadi Chebli, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Ottawa.
Guests can also stop in at the WIFI enabled pro shop/café to take a look at the newest golf equipment, or take advantage of the Second Cup coffee and treats served at the café. The service is excellent, and the bilingual staff seems determined to make your golf experience as pleasant as possible.
“We do anything we can to accommodate our guests,” says resident golf pro Don Westphal. According to him, stellar service is a big reason why people enjoy the golf club so much.
In addition to service, a huge reason for Outaouais’ success is the quality of the course.
The conditions, even at this early point in the golf season, are immaculate. The finely-kept fairways are firm, and the fast poa-grass greens are pristine. The putts will go exactly where aimed, so it’s a matter of reading the undulations and putting the right amount of weight behind the ball. For the most part the greens are large, which would sound comforting at first, but soft chips and smooth strokes are key to leaving the greens with your score intact.
The design of the course flows well, and seems at one with the natural surroundings. In 1959, Mr. Gerry Chamberland and a group of others travelled all around the region searching for the best golf holes. According to Mr. Westphal, “they amalgamated all the ideas together to put together this golf course.”
Every hole provides a different challenge, bringing a variety of obstacles into play whether it be cleverly placed bunkers or overhanging trees. There are four sets of tees to choose from and at times, there is as much as an 80 yard difference between the first and fourth tees. According to Mr. Westphal, this makes the course more dynamic because players can mix it up and challenge themselves on any given hole.
For more details, visit www.golf-outaouais.ca or call 613.446.4490.