Ski heaven Mont-Tremblant turns into a Canadian golf mecca in the heat of summer
As a 25-handicap when it comes to skiing, I could only look at the trail runs in awe, wondering how people can go from the top to the bottom without breaking something. But in summer, this getaway in the Laurentian mountains, approximately 130 kilometers northwest of Montreal and 140 kilometers northeast of Ottawa, transforms into a fantastic golf destination. I saw holes that reminded me of northern Michigan and others that felt transplanted from the rugged terrain of the Muskoka Lakes region north of Toronto. Rocks and trees are the hazard of choice. The wild fairways climb up and down again and again, creating some fun and challenging shot-making. Check out the view from the 15th tee box on the le Diable (the devil) above.
I’m staying at the comfortable Fairmont Tremblant, playing golf by day and exploring the local dining scene by night. There are dozens of restaurants right outside the hotel in a cool pedestrian ski village lined with cobblestone streets. Tomorrow I might go cycling (Montreal is nuts about cycling) to explore a hidden river or secluded trail.
Everyone here greets me with a “bonjour,” even though I don’t speak a lick of French. Thankfully, when I say ‘hello’ back, they immediately switch gears and speak English in return. That helps a foreigner feel right at home.
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