500 or Less: Club de Golf Lachute (Thompson)

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Located in Lachute, Québec, roughly one hour from Montreal and 1.5 hours from Ottawa, Lachute offers golf from two prolific architects: Stanley Thompson, and Howard Watson.

The Course

The Thompson course features a ton of character amongst its rolling fairways, a great set of bunkers, and greens. The course began its life in 1923 as a nine hole course from Albert Murray, before Thompson renovated it in 1949 to produce the championship golf course we see today.

The Thompson course is a true hidden gem in Canadian public golf, although this website now ranks it the 38th best public course in the country. Perhaps the secret is out.

Holes & Features of Interest

Lachute begins with a very strong, engaging first five holes offering a challenging and entertaining start. The variety of micro and macro fairway undulations combine nicely with a great set of greenside bunkers here, which makes it a treat to play.

The opening hole is a 465 yard par 4 brute of a two-shot hole. The greenside bunkers are full of character and provides a good introduction to the theme of the golf course.

The 1st green from the fairway

Like most Thompson golf courses, the one-shot holes are the major highlights. Amongst the set, the 2nd, long 5th, and short 13th are the standouts. I think these three par 3’s, in particular, can stand among some of the best in Canadian public golf.

The perched 2nd, framed beautifully by a great set of bunkers
The long 5th with an attractive bunkering scheme

Also, the par 3, 9th has a unique two green setup.

Two greens separated by a bunker

The three-hole stretch beginning at the 11th is also fantastic, beginning with a gently rolling par 5 with some massive bunkers.

The par 5, 11th

The 12th is a par 4 that doglegs slightly to the right. The tee shot asks you to hit it through a chute of trees, or should I say, lachute.

The short par 3, 13th is a real pleasure. With nothing more than a wedge from the tee, the green is guarded short and long with bunkering.

The short par 5, 4th

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention the short par 5, 4th. After playing the challenging opening three holes, the course throws you a bone. The landing area is blind from the tee as the fairway diagonally crests a ridge. There is a periscope to see the landing area (neat!). With trees lining both sides of the fairway, this is a more challenging hole than you would think.

The par 4, 5th


Rating: 7 out of 10.


  • Alex Hunter

    Canadian golfer, nice guy, plays fast. Not chasing any lists, just looking to play architecturally interesting courses around the World and make new friends along the way.

2 thoughts on “500 or Less: Club de Golf Lachute (Thompson)

  1. Thanks for this. Hard to beat these classic’s. Appreciate your exposure. Good 36 hole facility, how does Watson course present?

    1. Thanks for your comment John. Glad you enjoyed it. I have not yet plated the Watson course. I paired Lachute with Chateau Montebello on my day out there last year. Really great 36 hole day

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