L'Ile de Montreal (Ireland) - Quebec - Canada

Club de Golf de L'Ile de Montréal,
3700 rue Damien Gauthier,
Montréal,
Quebec,
H1A 5S2,
Canada


  • +1 514 448 6000

  • Sylvain Dufresne

  • Pat Ruddy

  • Eric Maltais

One of two 18-hole courses at the L’Ile de Montreal golf complex, the Ireland course is a very under rated track that its designer, Pat Ruddy, fashioned from the old city rubbish tip by trucking in lorry loads of sandy soil to form the undulating fairways.

With only three par fives on the card at holes 2, 5 and 14, it’s no real surprise to learn that par for the course is set at 71 – what is something of a surprise is the overall yardage for the layout; a testy 6,820 yards from the back tees, with seven of the eleven par four holes playing more than 400 yards in length.

Of course, with four sets of markers at every hole, golfers can choose the set of tees that best suits their ability so there’s no excuse for everybody not enjoying a taste of what it’s like to play an authentic links layouts in old Erin – and, doffing his golfing cap to old-fashioned links golf traditions, the architect routed each nine so that the 9th and 18th holes share the same large double green. Incidentally, there are also double greens at #10 and #14 and #11 and #15.
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Description: Solitude, sand dunes, wind and pot bunkers await at the South course at Club de Golf de L'Ile de Montréal. It’s more than a hint of Pat Ruddy’s Ireland. Rating: 5.7 out of 6 Reviews: 6

The Club de Golf de l‘Ile de Montréal, at the northern tip of the city’s island, is full of surprises. The clubhouse is the first one: a modern structure complete with panoramic tower, the architectural style of which may please some people’s sense of aesthetics. Then the large terrace facing an artificial waterfall and huge synthetic, colorful logo built on the slope leading to the first tee of the Irlande course, one of two on the property. The third surprise was, in my view, the greatest one and the best one: the course itself.

L'Ile de Montreal (Ireland) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

At the top of the hill facing the clubhouse, we entered a different world. Instead of the very flat land we had driven across to reach the complex, we were looking at a terrain of rolling dunes, open to all winds and with few trees to shelter from them, a convincing reenactment of an Irish links locale.

Even though the course was far from its top condition at the time we played it (mid-May) due to a warm winter and late cold spat, the experience was exhilarating. It was probably colder than at most times of the year on the Emerald Isle, and the traffic noise from the major highway running along the course could be heard on a good half of the holes. But none of that mattered, because the illusion of a links was almost perfect, wind included. We had to deal with blind shots, bumps all over the narrow fairways, uneven lies pretty much throughout, large greens (some double on the back nine). The greens held their lines very nicely even though they were kind of slow (but this was no doubt a temporary condition).

L'Ile de Montreal (Ireland) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

Quite a few holes stood out: the par four 1st with its uphill tee shot, then a dogleg right and downhill approach; the par five 2nd, with its fairway studded with sort of pot bunkers and a narrow, long green; the long par four 4th, definitely the hardest hole on the course where the landing area for the drive is fraught with bunker hazards, especially on the right; the second par five of the first nine, the 5th hole with its surprising lone tree sticking out of the middle of the big bunker inside the dogleg turn at the top of the slope; the par four 7th and its huge bunker barring the fairway, complete with railroad links; and then the suite of par fours starting the back nine, three long and narrow holes sunk between dunes and bumps. The last par three, the 16th was also probably the nicest, slightly downhill with an elevated green defended by a trio of deep sand traps and a green bunker in the middle.

No wonder this golf club is so popular with golfers, both from Montreal (315 members, a very good number in these parts) and elsewhere (many thousands of green fees yearly despite the short season)! The course type “uniqueness” is excellent, the golf itself is seriously good, so the feeling of “come back” was strong when we reached the 18th green (serving double duty for the 9th hole as well).

5 / 6
L'Ile de Montreal (Ireland)
June 05, 2016


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Both courses at L'ile de Montréal are stunning but the Ireland (south) course is truly astounding. Pat Ruddy might be an upstart in the ranks of golf course architects but he is a true master and genius. I go every year to Montreal to visit family and to have this course to play is a real treat. I've played it a dozen times, and it just gets better every time. Each hole is not only visually beautiful but cleverly laid out with aggressive options and bail out areas, and bunkered accordingly. The dunes are a terrific threat (go in one and just take another ball from your bag). It is a severe test of your accuracy and mettle, rewarding but punitive if you stray. You won't appreciate the true greatness of this course and it's design unless you are a very good low-handicapper, but everyone will revel in the beauty of the lush fairways, the perfect but very undulating greens, the many options of tees, as well as the friendly staff and nice (but odd) clubhouse. French speakers have an advantage, but turn up alone and you'll always be put into a nice group of players who should be able to speak English. I cannot overstate what an absolute gem of a "links" course this is - and I am from Scotland! Hats off to Mr Pat Ruddy. One small thing detracts - you can sometimes hear the traffic noise form the nearby autoroute 40, but play weekday before 7am and for the $29 (2010 prices; or $35 from 7-9am) green fee you can forget anything. Unbelievable value for a top world class course.
6 / 6
L'Ile de Montreal (Ireland)
June 18, 2010


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Pat Ruddy
June 21, 2010
Upstart or not, and I have no idea where that comes from, I am blushing at such a fine review of the Irish Course and I am delighted that it is giving such pleasure. I count that course as one of my best design efforts alongside The European Club, Rosapenna, Ballyliffin, Portsalon, Donegal and Druids Glen.

The two courses at Montreal Island came about because of the immense love of the game of its founding promoter Denis Tancred who had a vision for a second great golf course in that lovely city (at the far end of the island from Royal Montreal) and we tried to do everything big and good all the way. It is one of the few modern courses built in "North America" out of love of the game rather than for commercial gain.

The Irish Course is set on top of one of the city's old dumps. La Presse gave us a great and huge headline: Ruddy Transformera La Bloody Dump a la Golf! The city was behind the project as it is a great city for doing things big and the two courses will come into city ownership at the end of a lease. Mr Tancred went with me every step of the way even so far as delaying by a few years the start of the project in order to allow upwards of 1,000 trucks of dry and clean fill to be delivered on site every week and so create possibly the biggest "dunes" built for any golf course. The dump became a thing of great beauty.

Championship golf was on the mind and so it is a very strong golf course.  But there are several forward tees which allow mere mortals to get about in safety. The course is wide enough to allow strategists to plot a variety of ways around. Care has been taken to present strong images and visual challenges some of which might look insurmountable and others seem more innocent than they really are. A thinking golfer's day out and with so much flavour of links golf in Britain and Ireland what with double greens, modern valleys of sin, and so on.

I spent upwards of four months on site in the two main construction years and almost as much time again in shorter visits in order to give it one's best shot. After all that effort and cost, looking at the great city that Montreal is with such thriving business life and so many visitors annually, it has come as a shock to see the golf priced so low. It has to be the least expensive good golf on the planet. But that is the way of things in Montreal where good living doesn't cost the earth.

The presence of Autoroute 40 is not a great handicap. Only a few holes are affected and nothing as bad as the many, many great courses worldwide which are located near airports and are virtually destroyed by the noise of jets. 

To have been of some small service to a city which has been so good to one's people has been a privilege and I can only hope that the golf at L'Ile de Montreal does very soon gain its correct place in the international golfing limelight. PAT  RUDDY
Pat Ruddy
April 28, 2015
Does anyone believe that there are 100 better golf courses in Canada? Latest list from Golf Canada passes it over. Pat Ruddy
Francois Beauchamp
April 29, 2015
Dear Mr. Ruddy I live at 10 min from these two beautiful golf courses and i have been playing there for the last 15 years. I''ve played a lot in USA, Mexico, Scotland and Ireland, having played some of your courses and many top golf courses in the world. I just got back from South Africa and for me, the Ireland course at le Club de golf de l'Ile de Montreal is one of the best quality/price in the world and it can be compared without a doubt, to the best golf course in the world. Not the best in Canada, the best in the world. It`s a stunning course, in the dunes with ondulated greens nicely protected by deep pot bunkers. Greens and fairways are always in pristine condition although it is a public course. Everytime i tee-off at the second hole, the uphill par 5 with the deep pot bunkers in middle, it reminds me of Sandy Hills at Rosapenna and The Glashedy Links at Ballyliffin. Montrealers should be proud of these two ''world class'' golf courses regardless of the Golf Canada List! About this list, unfortunately Mr Ruddy, everything in Canada is ''politic'' (english/french) and golf is no exception to this rule. Your two great courses would have been built in Ontario, they would be on that list!
I have played this course 3 times now and while the fairways need for the grass to grow, Ruddy has saved me a lot of money of having to fly over to Ireland to feed my habit for links golf. It is a great course a real bear from the blacks, i wouldnt even think of playing the golds. I can honestly say there were times when I was on the course and except for no Atlantic Ocean, it felt like I was back in Ireland. The dunes look natural and the fairway have the subtle rolls and lies of a wind blown course. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The cost for this course has made it my only course for the summer.
6 / 6
L'Ile de Montreal (Ireland)
May 22, 2009


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Outstanding golf course! It's the best value in Quebec. It's a must if you go to Montreal!Alain
6 / 6
L'Ile de Montreal (Ireland)
October 01, 2008


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Astounding slice of Ireland at the east end of the island of Montreal. Definitely one of the great courses in Canada...and I've played almost all of the top 50 public courses and many of the private ones. worth the trip to Montreal.
6 / 6
L'Ile de Montreal (Ireland)
February 23, 2008


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one of the more challenging and difficult course I have ever played. Always in top shape from april to octoberUnique in canada and a must if you come to Montreal
5 / 6
L'Ile de Montreal (Ireland)
October 22, 2006


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