The 27 holes of the golf course complex sit around a mile above the Fairmont Manoir Richelieu hotel and the climb along a winding road to the clubhouse offers some stunning long views over the mighty St Lawrence River below.
Englishman Herbert Strong – who had already designed the likes of Engineers in New York and Canterbury in Ohio – constructed the original 18-hole course and US President William H. Taft officially opened the layout in 1925 on one of his regular summer vacations in the Pointe-au-Pic region.
The hotel and the course were extensively renovated at the end of the 1990s when Darrell Huxham extended the golf facility, adding a new 9-hole circuit to the old Tadoussac and Richelieu nines.The new St Laurent nine is not long and it includes three relatively short par threes plus a par five (at the 3rd hole) that’s reachable in two shots, making it one of the most engaging holes at the resort.
Quebec is notoriously neglected in the ranking of golf courses throughout Canada and, in my opinion, even the courses that find their way onto the list are so exclusive that one can never even hope to glimpse them, let alone rank them. Manoir Richelieu is a great, unwalkable track, but this is a strange selection for the nines which exclude the only extraordinary nine of the three, St-Laurent. Richelieu is a mediocre nine, at best, with an exhausting array of blind shots and puzzling crisscrossing which doesn't do justice to the high rating this course receives. On the other hand, had the 18 selected been St Laurent-Tadoussac, I would wholeheartedly agree with its inclusion in the best of Quebec. So, as it stands, with this 18 it's a 4.5. Dumping Richelieu and including St-Laurent which features the best opening hole in Canada, it would garner 5.5. Played August 2020