69. Royal Ottawa

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Royal Ottawa Golf Club

  • Gatineau, Québec (10KM west from Ottawa)
  • 7th in the Province
  • Tom Bendelow, Willie Park Jr., Neil Haworth
  • 1903
  • 68.8211 points

An old-school club like Royal Ottawa ought to have an old-school, quirky golf course to match the vibe… right? That is absolutely the case of this Gatineau club, interestingly situated across Ottawa River from downtown.

While the loss of the excellent par 3, 2nd for safety issues was sad to see, the routing still takes full advantage of one-shot holes. So much so, in fact, that the 11th and 12th have back-to-back 3’s in a set of quintuplet short par holes. Granted, many of the old school clubs rely on the par 4’s to do the heavy-lifting. At Royal Ottawa, the tumbling piece of land makes way for tighter landing areas where the golfer is best suited to play to, making the yardage feel (and play) longer.

We are always partial to a finishing hole set at the base of the clubhouse overlooking those that play the 18th, and Royal Ottawa has one of the best.

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  • Andrew Harvie

    Based in Toronto, but having lived in Alberta, British Columbia, Montana, Arizona, and Texas, I have been lucky enough to see over 400 golf courses and counting!

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