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Fontainebleu, Montreal.

I love Montreal, absolutely one of my most favorite Cities in the world. I happened to be speaking at an event hosted by TD at Fontainebleu Golf Club in 2016. It’s a really nice set up, lovely Club house and a superb golf course: This is from the website: In a very brief time, Club de golf Le Fontainebleau has developed a respect and legacy usually reserved for courses decades older. 

A beautiful property that mixes gently rolling countryside and mature woodlands, Le Fontainebleau engages golfers right from the first tee shot, including PGA Tour and Champions Tour players. Le Fontainebleau, which opened in 2003, is conveniently located about 35 minutes from downtown Montreal in Blainville, Que. 

In 2010 and 2011, Le Fontainebleau once again hosted the Champions Tour for the Montreal Open, won in 2010 by Larry Mize and 2011 by John Cook. Both years, the players raved about the course, especially the three climatic finishing holes (The Hat Trick) that wrap around a lake just in front of the regal clubhouse. The course received similar plaudits from Phil Mickelson, John Daly, Vijay Singh and Hank Kuehne during the 2004 Skins Game. 

Designed by Graham Cooke and Darrell Huxham, the 7,105-yard, par 72 layout has strong green sites with large putting surfaces that are highly contoured and protected by bold bunkering. Cooke and Huxham dug many fairways below grade to provide more definition and variety, as well as pleasing views of the dense trees that dominate the course.

The neo-classic style clubhouse is tastefully appointed and affords lovely view of the verdant course.

Here’s a link to the website: https://fontainebleau.clublink.ca/about/

The day I played was a bit of a farce; I stayed at the airport hotel the prior night, arriving late, but no worries. Not much sleep, then took a cab early to the course. Guy assured me it would be 35 minutes tops and knew where he was going. No. Anyway, finally got there and showed up at the reception to be told they had no place for meat they thought i was not attending. Not great. Anyway, I was involved, they just forgot to add my name to the list.

Then the real fun began. I don’t speak French, and my playing partners decided only to speak French. And they were horrible golfers. It took 5 and half hours. Just terrible. I had a fun solitary 5 hours on the course with three others who barely spoke with me the whole time.

Then there was the lunch presentation. i might have been speaking to the wall.

Not the greatest of experiences! But the golf course is terrific and the staff at the course really very friendly and accomodating.

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