Lying in the centre of the Laurentian Mountains to the northwest of Montreal, Tremblant’s sporting reputation was once based solely on its position as a top ski resort but all that changed in the mid 1990s with the unveiling of a new Thomas McBroom-designed course, Le Géant.
Almost overnight, Tremblant was transformed from a winter skiing destination into one that also catered for golfers during the summer, allowing it to function as a sporting venue for all twelve months of the year.
The success of the 18-hole Le Géant course was such that it wasn’t long before the resort owners were planning another and this time, the partnership of Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry was chosen to construct Le Diable (“The Devil”).
A par 71 layout like its younger sibling, Le Diable is routed over testing terrain, with one or two steep changes in elevation encountered on either nine. The resort promises the course “won't steal your soul, just maybe a bit of your pride” so expect a decent test here on a course with “devilish surprises at every turn”.
Many of the holes on the outward half are flanked by sandy waste areas, which narrow the playing corridors considerably. Fairways are generally flat, apart from the sharply downhill par three 6th which is then followed by a bit of a climb on the par four 7th, rated stroke index 1.
The inward half is more undulating, with the par five 15th in particular plunging downhill towards a very scenic lake. Some of the walks from green to next tee are a little on the long side, which certainly doesn't favour the walking golfer so the use of a cart is definitely recommended.
Le Diable maybe the most intimidating golf course in the Laurentian region, with plenty of elevation changes and more sand then the Sahara Desert. Fortunately me most of the bunkers seemed to be on the left side of the fairways which is ideal for my fade.
The first two holes set the tone for your day since both are lined with a sea of sand. And the 3rd is absolutely devilish - a long par-3 to a peninsula green with a small bail out area. Needless to say that accuracy is paramount to scoring well here.
The 6th hole is picturesque downhill par-3 over water and could be a signature hole anywhere else.
However, the 15th hole is definitely Le Diable’s marquee hole – a swooping downhill par 5 with magnificent views of the lake in the background.
The course was in great shape, offering flatter lies and subtle greens to offset the deep faced bunkers. A must visit when you visit Mont-Tremblant Quebec.
Summer Green fees range from CA$119 to $139 but drop to as low as CA$69 to $99 with cart plus taxes in the fall.
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We played Golf Le Diable mid-May and found that despite the late winter weather setbacks that had been plaguing the region, the condition of the course was already quite good, and the greens especially had been very well protected during the winter. The first impression from the small clubhouse was most pleasant: the terrace in the back has a direct view on the green and most of the length of the 18th hole, and affords a glimpse of the major hazard and defense of the course: waste areas running along the fairways on one side, and the pine forest on the other side. Beautiful sights of the pines and mountains make this course very scenic, but first time visitors may well feel the pressure created by the waste areas, which occupy a large part of the field of vision from the tee on many holes!
Obviously, this course was designed for buggy riders. While this may not be obvious on the first few holes, the par three 6th proves the point. It seems to be located in a world different from the rest of the loop, in a narrow and steep valley. The hole itself is pretty, and good to play with tees at least 50 feet above the green, a small lake to capture short shots and a couple of large bunkers left and behind the green. This hole is in the middle of what struck me as the more interesting part of the first nine holes, including the par five 5th, which slowly rises between a dropping left rough and a woody right side to an elevated green. The par four 8th is rated the hardest hole on the course and runs up and around a sharp hill to the left before dropping a little toward the green.
The second loop seems to be more of the same, flattish holes with enormous waste areas. However, things change sharply after the uphill 11th and the roller coaster begins: down to the par three 12th, where the green is almost hidden by the towering hill on the right. Back uphill all the way with the 13th, and across a ravine then downhill with the 14th, dropping at least 60 feet from the tee to the green of the 15th but climbing all the way back to reach the 16th. The only level hole is the ending 18th, a fine par five with a well-protected, elevated green, with a waste area on the left, a bunker all around the back, two more on the right and even a grass bunker in between!
This is a course where first time visitors must swallow their pride for sure as the optical illusions created by the waste areas may well derail some swings for a while, but it is probably quite a lot of fun to play again and again. We thought that the name (Le Diable, “The Devil”) was befitting, but later found out that the property is named after the river “Rivière du Diable” which surrounds the course on three sides.