Down The Fairway – Carleton Golf & Yacht Club

16th Hole, Carleton Golf & Yacht Club (Photo: Scott MacLeod,
16th Hole, Carleton Golf & Yacht Club (Photo: Scott MacLeod,
16th Hole, Carleton Golf & Yacht Club (Photo: Scott MacLeod,

Later this spring the golf pros of the PGA of Ottawa Zone will play their annual Spring Open on the fairways of the Carleton Golf & Yacht Club in Manotick, Ontario.

While some people look to the course’s yardage of just over 6400 yards and scoff that it is no place for the pros to be tested, the players know different. So too do the many many competitive golfers that call the club home. This is a place where Tour member Brad Fritsch first honed his skills.

In their familiarity with this delightful course that abuts the Rideau River, they know that it is defined by more than yardage alone.

Built on 135 acres, Carleton winds its way through a community with 18 holes that demand precision. At the same time golfers will enjoy conditions that are impeccable.

Superintendent Joel Trickey has been at the helm for years and it shows in his finely manicured putting surfaces that are the envy of many and a joy to roll a golf ball on.

Strategy is a must to find success at Carleton and those pros playing later this year know they will need to have a strong short game in tow to handle the small green surfaces and surrounds.

“We have had a lot of big events here and although a lot of good players can shoot around par we do not see a lot of low scores,” says Head Professional Gord Percy.

But don’t let that scare you off. The course is an easy walk and there are plenty of teeing options to cut it down to your size.

Although a private club, it is far from stuffy and guests will appreciate an atmosphere where they don’t need to have a tie and jacket for the dining room.

There is a collegial atmosphere at the course and it shows in the attitudes of the members.

There are less than ten private golf clubs in the Ottawa area and while some may be grander, the Carleton Golf & Yacht Club has its rightful place among them.

If you are given an opportunity to walk its fairways, don’t hesitate.

/ Scott MacLeod @Flagstick