Your first impression of the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu golf course will be a lasting one. At once majestic and awe-inspiring, this vista of water and mountains extends as far as the eye can see. This romantic setting filled with shades of blues and greens is worthy of the most beautiful postcards.
Golfing at the Manoir Richelieu dates back to 1923, when guests could play on a nine-hole course designed by golf pro Harry Black. The original course was set on agricultural land several kilometres from the hotel.
Shortly thereafter, Canada Steamship Lines bought the hotel. With the growing popularity of both the game and the Charlevoix area, the company decided to invest in a new golf course, which that would be easier to reach and far more spectacular. Architect Herbert Strong, who designed Lakeview in Toronto, as well as Inwood and The Engineers on Long Island, was hired to design the new green gem, which opened in 1925.
Strong's incomparable course was carefully laid out over the rolling hills surrounding the Manoir, overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence. In 1929, a golf columnist wrote that the course offered "something of an aerial view, as though one had been invited to hit balls from one cloud to another."
In 2002, architect Darrel Huxham began expansion and renovation work on the Club de Golf Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, which has resulted in a 27-hole golf course of outstanding quality. While keeping the essence of the original design by British golf architect Herbert Strong, Darrell Huxham managed to showcase the natural beauty of the landscape, particularly the rugged topography, woodlands and breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River.
Characteristics of the course
The playing conditions at Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Golf Club are especially well suited for resort play.
The Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Golf Club maintenance team, under the watchful eye of Denis Dallaire, Superintendent and active member of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association, are constantly hard at work preparing the golf course for guests.
To reach the clubhouse, golfers follow a wooded, hilly trail boasting a striking view of the river and surroundings.
The golf course is made entirely of creeping bent grass covering between 6,066 and 6,326 yards, depending on the sequence of nines played. The three nines offer golfers a layout peppered with greenside and fairway bunkers, and countless groves of trees and shrubbery. The fairways, while exceedingly rugged and undulating, are quite wide.
The first fairway of the St-Laurent course is exceptionally wide, totalling 482 yards with a splendid view of La Malbaie in the background. This spectacular view is shared by all teeing areas. A good dose of strategy and judgement is required when playing this par 5 course.
The second shot must be played shrewdly given the distance to cover and the fourteen bunkers placed strategically the entire length of the hole. Moreover, at the putting surface, the magnetic pull of the St. Lawrence can be quite a force to reckon with.
Course: 27 holes, par 71
Featured in the June 1998 issue of Golf Magazine, the course also received a Special Award from Canada’s Golf Ranking magazine in 2000.
|Length: 6,225||Driving range: Yes|
|Par: 71||Putting green: Yes|
Distances in yards
Each course features the occasional narrow fairway, numerous hazards and distracting views. Power carts are mandatory.
- are composed of Agrostide (bent grass) and annual Paturin (blue grass)
- are cut daily to a height of 0.125 inch
- are rolled in two different directions to eliminate the slightest imperfections
- have a constant Stimpmeter speed reading of 9 throughout the season
- Driving range
- Putting green
- Pro shop
- Club rentals
- Lockers, changing rooms and showers
- Power carts mandatory
- Collared shirts and appropriate footwear compulsory
- Tailored pants or shorts (no cut-offs) compulsory
- Jeans or sweat pants not acceptable
- Metal spikes prohibited
To Reach Us
Contact: Jean-Philippe Moffet, Director of Golf
La Malbaie G5A 1X7
By power cart from the hotel
Office: 418 665-8959
Clubhouse: 418 665-2526
Toll-free: 1 800 665-8082
Fax: 418 665-2172