Founded in 1908 as a hunting club, Ottawa Hunt’s 18-hole golf course didn’t open for play until 1924 when the membership decided to expand its sporting horizons and embrace the royal and ancient game. It was designed by Willie Park Junior, one of almost twenty Canadian courses laid out by the two-time Open Champion during his career as an architect.
An additional 9-hole circuit was built in 1959 by Bryant White, along with a curling rink, to effectively make the club an all-year round sporting facility. All twenty-seven holes on the property were then upgraded by Tom McBroom in the early 1990s before Michael Hurdzan’s design company carried out a major renovation in more recent times, replacing poa annua green and moving a couple of holes to improve the practice area.
The tree-lined fairways on today’s original Willie Park layout (the South and West nines that comprise the Gold course) extend to a total length of 6,864 yards from the tips. The 560-yard par five 6th is considered the signature hole at Ottawa Hunt, playing across water from the tee to a fairway that leads to a wonderful “Biarritz” green.
Ottawa Hunt has hosted a number of prestigious national competitions down the years, including the Canadian Open in 1932 and the Canadian Amateur Championship in 1937, 1960 and 1970. In more recent times, the Canadian Women’s Open was held here in 2008, marking the club’s centenary.