665 Chemin des Vingt,
- +1 450 653 2201
14 miles E of downtown Montreal
Members and their guests only
Royal Montreal gets all the golfing attention in Quebec but the real gem in the province is Willie Park Junior's Old World course at Mount Bruno Country Club, a layout that would be a lot higher in the rankings if more raters and reviewers were given the chance to play it.
Located in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Mount Bruno is one of the most exclusive golf clubs in Canada and Willie Park Jnr originally designed this charming course in 1919, during his 1916-24 tour of North America.
Stanley Thompson added new bunkers to four holes in advance of the 1924 Canadian Open competition at Mount Bruno. Because the same event had been held on the course in 1922, Thompson’s work was most likely the result of the club acting on observations made during the earlier tournament.
Laid out on the east slope of Mount Bruno, where the wonderful old white walled, red roofed Tudor-style clubhouse can be seen from a number of holes, the course leads golfers along tree-lined fairways, up and over some fairly hilly terrain with, thankfully, no ponds or streams to distract golfers from the task in hand.
The signature hole at Mount Bruno is the 13th, a 435-yard par four situated at the highest point on the property. The tee shot is played downhill before an uphill approach is made to a raised green that slopes to the left, guarded by bunkers on the right.
Most manicured course I have ever seen. The course is extremely exclusive and would be ranked higher if more people were able to play. If given the opportunity, this is a must play.
Very, very private golf course. Nice "old style" course.
Willie Park Jr will once again be smiling down from heaven knowing that Andy Staples has been engaged with a master plan. This club is one of Canada’s oldest protected secrets and an enormously enjoyable experience right out of the gates (if you can find them!). Even to this day, I can remember every single hole, which is a testament to the creation, and a further celebration of how talented Willie Park was a century ago. Most of the course plays on a relatively flat open piece of land, with a stretch of 3 holes mid-way through the inward nine playing on higher ground and isolated by trees. Each hole at this course is one to be enjoyed, respected, and cherished as part of the entire collection. The movement of the land is delightful, and the location of the green sites is a masterclass in discovery. As with many older courses, there is a short walk from green to tee, and the orientation of the routing is completely natural. The shorter holes have an augmented sense of visual excitement given the green-shaping and it’s a blessing that they have been preserved. For example, the short par 3 3rd hole has a ring of surrounding bunkers that will bring natural comparisons to select visuals that Park created at Sunningdale. Relative to the number of courses I’ve played across Canada, I considered Mount Bruno to be underrated and simply not known by many – which is probably the way they want to keep it. I can only imagine how special it will continue to be with Mr. Staples getting involved. I absolutely loved it.
There is no doubt that this club is one of the best in Canada. Certainly its membership is among the most exclusive and established in this part of the world. The conditioning is impeccable and the lay out is a remarkable challenge. It lacks variety in the holes though and is somewhat flat which precludes those sweeping vistas that I love about hilly or mountainous courses. The flatness doesn't stop the greens from being devilish since they never really break in the direction they appear to. Overall a brilliant experience and a chance to discover one of Canada's most private places.