Golf

Montréal golf enthusiasts have several excellent golf courses available to them, many less than a half-hour drive from Downtown. If you’re willing to trek a bit farther (about 45 minutes), you’ll find some of the best golfing in the province. For a complete listing of the many golf courses in the area, Tourisme Québec (www.bonjourquebec.com) is the best place to start.

Club de Golf Métropolitain Anjou. One of the longest courses in the province, the Championship course features an undulating landscape with five lakes and some tricky bunkers, all calling for accurate shots. Beginners and improvers can hone their skills on the short Executive course, where more accomplished players will also enjoy a quick round. A clubhouse featuring a steak house and bistro, several banquet halls, a pro shop with an indoor practice range (winter only), and an outdoor driving range all serve to make this a top-notch facility. A dress code is in effect. The club is in Anjou, a 20-minute drive from downtown Montréal. 9555 boul. du Golf, Montréal, Québec, H1J 2Y2. 514/353–5353; www.golfmetropolitainanjou.com. Championship Course, C$28–C$53; Executive Course, C$15. Daily 6 am–9 pm.

The Falcon. Soon after this club opened in 2002, it rapidly became recognized as one of the best courses in Québec. Designed by Graham Cooke, it winds through a verdant, well-wooded landscape dotted with water hazards and sand traps, and offers an exciting challenge. Five sets of tees accommodate different skill levels. It's 25 minutes west of downtown in the picturesque and largely Anglophone village of Hudson (which is worth a visit in itself). Recent improvements include a C$2 million clubhouse. Early-bird specials profit those who don't mind a teeing off at 7 am. 59 rue Cambridge, Hudson, Québec, J0P 1H0. 450/458–1997; www.falcongolf.ca. C$40--C$58 weekdays, C$40--C$72 weekends and holidays .

Golf Dorval. The two original courses here, designed by Graham Cooke, were combined into a single challenging par-72 golf course with a rolling parkland setting. There are four levels of difficulty, finishing with a long, narrow par-4 18th hole with a slope up to the green. A lighted driving range with 50 stations and two putting greens are also available. There's a dress code. The course is a 20-minute drive from downtown Montréal. Reserve a weekday morning three days in advance and get two tickets and one cart for C$92–C$96. 2000 av. Reverchon, Dorval, Québec, H9P 2S7. 514/631–4653; www.golfdorval.com. C$31–C$50.

Golf Ste-Rose. With lovely views of the Rivière des Mille-Îles, hardwood forests, and myriad ponds, this course may be the most beautiful in Québec. It's a short hop over the bridge to the island of Laval. The course features four sets of tees to accommodate different skill levels. Recently renovated to improve the pace of play, the 18-hole course was designed by John Watson, one of the great names of Canadian golf course architecture. 1400 boul. Mattawa, Ste-Rose, Laval, Québec, H7P 5W7. 450/628–6072; 450/628–3573; www.golfsterose.groupebeaudet.com. C$27–C$52.

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