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.
“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.
Dave Finn is our Canadian Correspondent. To read more about golf in Quebec visit http://golftravelandleisure.com/category/canada/qu...