Tremblant is situated to the northwest of Montreal in the heart of the Laurentians, Quebec. Famed in Canada for its ski facility, Tremblant was purchased by resort conglomerate Intrawest in 1992 and they quickly hired architect Thomas McBroom to transform a wonderful, hilly piece of land opposite the ski slope into a resort course.
Le Géant (“The Giant”) was opened three years later and suddenly Tremblant was no longer just a winter resort - golf was now the sport to attract paying customers in the summer. It received rave reviews and impressed the Canadian golfing world with its wide, sweeping fairways, strategic bunkering and large, contoured greens – but most of all, it was the wonderful use of the area’s changes in elevation that wowed the critics as Le Géant boasts magnificent elevated tees and dramatic, plunging fairways.
The course is carved dramatically into the mountainside and every putting surface, white sand bunker and water hazard is precisely positioned to present a serious challenge. Laid out in multi layers, Le Géant has spectacular views of the Laurentian landscape - fill your lungs with fresh air and savour the splendour of the location!
If thinking big is your bag, then Le Géant, as the name would imply, is the course for you. Regardless of your playing handicap, every round here is memorable. Le Géant is a true mountain course that offers a challenging test of golf with fast greens, rolling fairways, two lakes and more than fifty bunkers.
The par four 18th hole is a great way to end the round and what a driving hole it is with a fairway that drops 150 feet downhill, so expect some serious “hang time” with a well hit tee shot on your way to the final green.
Such was the impact made by Le Géant that another par 71 course, Le Diable (“The Devil”) was built by Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry in 1998 to further enhance the growing golfing reputation of the Mont Tremblant Resort.
The Giant at Mt Tremblant is a fun course. While there certainly some elevation changes, I would not call this a mountain course as there are many holes on river bottom.
The first hole is a welcoming reachable par five. There is a fairway bunker left and three greenside front right and one left. The 2nd hole is much tougher, dogleg left with water pretty much the entire way. I would not get too aggressive cutting the corner as the fairway tightens as you get closer to the hole. There are also three fairway bunkers thru the fairway and two right of the green. The first par three is mid-length and the number 17th handicap. The 4th leans right and has a bunker on the inside elbow. Consider an extra club to the elevated green. The short fifth is a birdie oppty, but another elevated green. This has a ginormous landing area in the fairway. The 6th is a mid-yardage par three with a green that slopes hard to the left and there is a large trough bunker left. The 7th is the longest and tightest par five with the last third listing left. Favor the right side off the tee and on your second. Bunkers front right and left. The 8th is the longest par four, bends right and is the number one handicap hole. To make matters even more interesting there are four bunkers surrounding the green. The 9th bends left and the only real hazard is a sand trap left of the green.
The back starts with the shortest hole. Downhill but with a tabletop green with three bunkers right. The 11th is a short dogleg right uphill. You can cut the corner, if you choose not to, you should lay up. A fun hole and my favorite, yes birdie. The 12th is a dogleg right par five. There are five fairway bunkers on the left side of the hole, so favor the right. However, on your approach there is a large deep right front bunker. Favor the right on 13 as there are two large fairway bunkers left. It is a short hole, good birdie oppty. The 14th is a dogleg left. There is a large fairway bunker on the outside of the elbow and three deep and left of the green. The straightaway 15th has two fairway bunkers left, but it does have a large fairway and three right greenside bunkers. The 16th is the longest par three. The 17th is a good risk reward par five, valley tee shot to a raised fairway. If you do not get rollout and/or the ball is not flat, lay up. This green is reachable but you will need to earn it, two good shots and the ball needs to carry. The long downhill 18th is a good finishing hole. It leans right and you should be right of center off the tee. The number two handicap hole.
A fun course that I would pay to play again.
“Par Excellence” is a French phrase loosely meaning “the best of its kind” and the first thing I thought of when describing this mountain marvel. With spectacular views of Tremblant Village and the surrounding ski hills, Le Géant takes full advantage of the natural terrain. The well forested sweeping fairways are actually wider than they appear but the uneven lies, rocky outcroppings, and large deceptive greens definitely up the ante.
Even though water only comes into play on the 2nd hole, most of the greens are elevated so accuracy and club selection is important on your approach shots.
At first glance the par-5 17th hole looks reachable in two but your approach shot to an elevated green is dangerously situated over a hidden valley hazard, so buyers beware.
The 18th hole has been voted one of the best par-4’s in Canada and one the finest finishing holes anywhere as your elevated tee shot plunges some 150 feet with amazing views of Lake Tremblant.
Green fees range from CA$59 to $139 depending on the time of year.
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