Another excellent example of how Stanley Thompson designed golf courses continually stand the test of time. Westmount Golf & Country Club has consistently been ranked in the top 20 golf courses in Canada. It has hosted many prestigious events including the Canadian Open Golf Championship and the LPGA du Maurier Classic.
In 2015 the members reportedly spent $2.6 million up-dating the historic clubhouse to a much more contemporary feel. The service was impeccable. The staff were well-trained, friendly and welcoming.
Westmount was in impeccable condition the day we played it. This is parkland golf at its finest. Almost every hole is framed with tall pines and maple trees. The topography does not have as much dramatic elevation changes as I would have expected but the design is outstanding. This modified Thompson par-73 is tight with strategically placed bunkers but open and groomed under the trees, making it an ideal members course. The large greens are fast with subtle breaks.
The routing on the front nine is a little awkward for non-members since you can get easily get confused trying to find your way to the 5th and 8th tee-blocks.
My most memorable holes were the 3rd , a photogenic par-3 over a fountain pond with a well-forested backdrop and the 8th , a driveable par-4 with out-of-bounds lurking on the left side and a green that is protected by three ominous bunkers.
The only real issue here is that local rules dictate that you can remove any stones from the bunkers since they seem to continuously rise to the surface.
Westmount Golf & Country Club is an historic gem and a must-play if you are fortune enough to get an invitation.
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Date: November 10, 2017