The spectacular mountain resort of Mount Tremblant in the Laurentian district of Quebec is well known for its fantastic golf facilities, boasting no fewer than seven championship courses within minutes of each other, and Le Maître is one of the best of these.
Opening in 2001, Le Maitre de Mont-Tremblant winds its way in two returning loops of nine over 260 acres of woodland along the shores of the Riviere du Diable (“Devil’s River”), treating golfers to dramatic changes in elevation and wonderful scenic vistas through dense pine forest and alongside glistening waterways.
Masters Champion in 1992, Fred Couples worked with Gene Bates of Couples Bates Golf Design in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and Montreal-based Canadian architect Graham Cooke to design the 18-hole layout.
Part of a ClubLink leisure complex that includes tennis and swimming facilities, Le Maître is the first Fred Couples Signature Design course to open in Canada and – rather unique for a mountain course – it traverses three distinct types of topography: open and rolling parkland, dense forest and valley marshland.
Again another course that only gets attention because it's part of a group of clubs popular with members from Ontario (clublink). It's an excellent 15 hole course, as the first three holes appear to have been added only after the designer realized something was missing. There are 3 outstanding holes and 12 good ones. It does have the advantage of being walkable, which is an essential feature not common to most of the other high end tracks close to Tremblant. Clearly it's not my cup of tea, but it's loved by many.
Played course on Mon. May 28 as part of a Fairmont package. Greens were in horrendous shape. 95% of the greens should have been closed as well as the practice green. Fairways were passable only. A real unpleasant experience. I would rate the course as very poor at this time and, in fact, I recommend Fairmont take it off their golf package list.