Royal Montreal (Blue) - Québec - Canada

Royal Montreal Golf Club,
25 South Ridge,
Ile Bizard,
Quebec,
H9E 1B3,
Canada


  • +1 514 626 3977


Golf in Canada began earlier than in the USA due to Canada attracting the first Scottish immigrants. Unsurprisingly then, Royal Montreal’s beginnings in 1873 can be traced back to a small group of Scots who got together and recreated their national sport. Royal Montreal is therefore a monumentally important golf club and the eldest in North America.

Naturally, the first 9-hole layout was a rudimentary affair which was laid out on part of Mount Royal Park and, in 1884, royal patronage was granted by Queen Victoria. Royal Montreal Golf Club then moved to Dixie in 1896 and remained in the parish of Dorval until the club’s final move to its present location at Ile Bizard in 1959.

45 holes were constructed at Ile Bizard in the Lake of Two Mountains, the Blue, Red and Dixie courses but the Blue course at Royal Montreal is head and shoulders above the other two. Dick Wilson designed all three courses but he was the second choice as an architect. The Royal Montreal Golf Club had first sought the services of Robert Trent Jones, but he was otherwise engaged.

The Blue Course is not only one of the greatest courses in the world, but it is also one of the toughest. Dick Wilson built enormous greens (averaging 12,000 square feet) and consequently with so many possible pin positions, three putting is commonplace here at Royal Montreal.

Host to numerous Canadian Open championships, most recently in 2014, Royal Montreal is quite rightly proud of its heritage and the club also hosted the Presidents Cup in 2007 when the USA beat the International team by a margin of 19.5 to 14.5.

If the above article is inaccurate, please let us know by clicking here

Write a review

Reviews for Royal Montreal (Blue)

Average Reviewers Score:
Description: Royal Montreal Golf Club’s beginnings in 1873 can be traced back to a small group of Scots who got together to recreate their national sport. Rating: 6.7 out of 10 Reviews: 3
TaylorMade
Fergal O'Leary

When you read about the evolution of golf clubs in North America, it doesn’t take very long before the story brings you to the suburbs of Montreal. The Royal Montreal GC is about to celebrate its 150th anniversary, making it the elder statesman in a wide region. Since its inception, the club is part of the game’s history on this side of the pond and has been awarded many globally recognized professional golf tournaments – with the Presidents Cup returning in a couple of years. Dick Wilson was the architect on the Blue course and his design skills have stood the test of time as golfers are challenged from start to finish. The back nine is notably more challenging and, in my humble opinion, occupies the more interesting terrain for golf. Wilson makes you work for a par, and golfers face many difficult approach shots to elevated greens. I noted the diversity in the actual shape/size of many of the greens, and how your view of the green from the fairway can be very different from what you expected once you are standing on it. The shaping of the green contours is a significant attribute for golfers to overcome, especially if you fall off one side and have to fight to get back into position. The course just really makes you concentrate.

November 05, 2021
6 / 10
Reviewer Score:
TaylorMade

Respond to above review
  Was this review helpful?
0 people found this review helpful

Colin Braithwaite

Fantastic! Hard to get on, but worth the effort. Do not be lulled to sleep on the front, the back will reach out and grab you. Really demanding finishing holes, other than 17 which is short par 3, which I did manage to double. Three of the last four holes require long accurate to have a shot at par.

July 23, 2018
8 / 10
Reviewer Score:
TaylorMade

Respond to above review
  Was this review helpful?
0 people found this review helpful

Ryan
This most private of Montreal area golf clubs dates back to 1873 and as such it is the oldest club in North America. However, it has only been playing golf at this site since the 1950's after at least 2 moves. I was honored to join a very generous member some years back and hesitate to offer an honest opinion, because of the pride that might be hurt. Like many private clubs various sartorial traditions must be observed, such on the sweltering hot day that I arrived for my exciting round, I was wearing shorts and ankle high socks. The look of disgust from my host was eviscerating as I ran to the first tee. I had to head to the cashless, cardless, member number only club house, and purchase on my host's account a pair of knee length socks to cover my otherwise inoffensive shins. I played horribly, of course, as I tend to do half the time, but was mostly struck by the overall boring nature of the course. It wasn't the awesome spectacle of perfection that I had anticipated. It wasn't until the 15th hole that I saw something unique and beautiful. So, in fact, it's an extraordinary 3 hole course with a series of unimaginative holes leading up to it. I'd give it a B. But I'd play there again if only to show them that I still have those knee high socks.
August 20, 2011
6 / 10
Reviewer Score:
TaylorMade

Respond to above review
  Was this review helpful?
0 people found this review helpful

Response
diane
May 13, 2013
good news. You can wear sockettes now!
M
July 23, 2013
and you can pay with cash and or card in the pro shop also..