– Glorious Gatineau Hills Golf –
It is hard to argue that there are many better settings for a golf course than the Gatineau Hills of Quebec. The family owned Edelweiss Golf & Country Club near Wakefield enjoys such a magnificent setting, minutes away from the Nation’s Capital. Golfers who have played there tend to heartily agree that the location is just a start of the attraction to this landmark facility.
The par 72, 6389 yard eighteen-hole championship golf course, set on 150 acres of former pastoral farmland, opened in 1985 to provide a summer business complementing the then family owned, Edelweiss Valley Ski Resort. (the ski resort was sold by the family in 2000) The Ski resort is a tribute to brothers Andy and Art Tommy and Roger Lefebvre, who had a dream of contributing to the popularity of skiing in the Outaouais. While Reg and Art concentrated their efforts on the very successful Tommy & Lefebvre sporting goods business, Andy Jr., an Olympic Ski Team Member in 1956 and manager in 1960, took on the job of developing the ski mountain. “My father started with a borrowed chainsaw to start the business,” says golf course President and General Manager Mike Tommy. The Tommy family has always been involved with sports and has produced four Olympians including Mike who was a two-time Canadian Champion and a two-time Olympian in alpine skiing. Mike’s Grandfather, Andy Sr., was a star running back for the Ottawa Rough Riders and Toronto Argos.
Andy Tommy Jr. was heavily involved with the original design and construction of the golf course, which was built to standards of the time. By taking advantage of the natural hills and valleys that existed on the tumbling property, magnificent vistas that have endured the test of time were utilized to enhance the golf experience.
“The setting really makes us stand apart from other courses in the region,” says Mike Tommy. “I think a lot of Ottawa golfers think it is a lot further than it is. Once they get up here and realize how beautiful the countryside is they love it.” Currently it takes about 25 minutes to reach Edelweiss from downtown Otttawa but that will change by next year. The extension of Highway 5 will chop ten minutes off the trip, making the course more accessible than ever.
When golfers that make the trip to Edelweiss take the time to look around on each tee they are treated to panoramic views of the surrounding Gatineau hills, marshes and natural fauna as well as contoured fairways of Kentucky Blue and natural poa grasses, lined by natural hazards. This all acts as the lead in to the challenging bent grass greens that will test even the best putters.
“It’s a completely different environment for golf than many people are used to,” explains Tommy. “A lot of golfers are used to playing courses on flat land that run through trees. We’re not a hilly course but we are in a valley surrounded by the Gatineau Hills. It’s a beautiful, quiet setting where you can just enjoy golf and leave stress behind.”
After warming up on the full length driving range, your golf game begins on the par- 5 first hole with a glorious view from an elevated tee to a fairway bounded on the left by trees and on the right by a marsh with creeks crossing the fairway waiting for errant shots.
The 14th hole is considered the signature hole at Edelweiss and features a lofty tee looking down at a winding fairway bounded on the right by a marsh and a lake and topped off with a green fit into the slope of a hill. The hole is only 326 yards long from the blue tees and is probably the best example of risk-reward for golfers at Edelweiss. A suggestion is to bite off only as much as you feel comfortable with.
On the finishing par-4 hole that works toward the clubhouse consideration must be given to your proposed landing area as another pond waits to collect an errant tee shot.
Overall the course serves up a great variety of holes, both in the movement (left to right and in elevation) and the length of the holes. Short par fours tempt you to take risks while other holes will measure the full strength of your golf abilities.
Upon completion of your round, you will find that the comfortable clubhouse offers up a wide assortment of food and beverages and allows you to further enjoy the panoramic views of the course while you happily recall the many stunning holes that you have just completed. You can also watch golfers finishing their rounds or playing numerous holes visible from the outside balcony or inside through the large full-length windows.
In recent years Mike says they have been hard at work on the course, developing the condition to a greater standard. In 2010 a large project improved the bunkers around the course and more forward tees were added to better accommodate players looking for a “softer” golf experience. Additional drainage work was also completed on several holes that greatly improved the consistently of the turf and conditions from season to season. The result has been a very positive response from golfers.
Tournaments of all sizes are welcome at Edelweiss Golf & Country Club and up to 150 golfers can be accommodated comfortably in the spacious air-conditioned clubhouse. A full fleet of power carts awaits any size tournament and tournament fare is prepared on site by experienced personnel.
Weddings, team-building business meetings, conferences and social functions are also welcomed and visitors are encouraged to bring cameras to capture the wondrous sites that await them minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau.
Many luxurious homes border the golf course property and there are beautiful golf course lots available for those looking for country living within easy commuting distance to the city. Remember that it’s always a few degrees cooler in the Gatineau hills than in the city, making for a refreshing place to wait out the sweltering summer heat.
Nestled in the beautiful Gatineau hills, Edelweiss Golf & Country Club is a treat at any time of year but the fall is especially spectacular. There is no better time to visit and see the stress-free, nature-filled environment where the Tommy family created a golf haven for all to enjoy.
Golf Course Maintenance
Tees / Yardage
Blue – 6389 Yards
White – 6196 Yards
Average Hole Lengths (Blue Tees)
Par 3’s: 166 Yards
Par 4’s: 369 Yards
Par 5’s: 507 Yards
Edelweiss Golf & Country Club
465 Chemin Edelweiss
Tel: (819) 459-2331