Established in 1910, the Country Club of Montreal is one of Canada’s oldest clubs. It’s not known who originally laid out the golf course but we do know that Roy Dye, brother of Pete Dye, remodelled the tree-lined fairways and greens in the mid-1970s. A young Bill Coore contributed to the project while working with Pete Dye and Associates.
Located very close to the city centre on a tight parcel of land, the course is now hemmed in on all sides as adjacent land has been acquired down the years for residential use and several holes also play on the other side of a boulevard that cuts through the property.
Feature holes include short par fours at the 6th, where a lone specimen tree stands in the fairway, and the 15th, which is played to a large offset green. The 169-yard 8th is the pick of the four short holes, playing as it does to a green that’s completely surrounded by sand.
The term “mulligan” is said to have originated here in the 1920s, named after a member called David Mulligan, who became the manager of a famous New York hotel. The USGA supposedly cites three different versions of how Mr Mulligan introduced the informal concept of a free replayed shot in non-competitive matches so perhaps one of those stories is actually true.