Still On The Rise – Le Sorcier Golf Club
Since opening its doors in 2004, Le Sorcier Golf Club has become a favourite destination for golfers in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec looking for that mountain course feel.
Carved out of 320 acres of a mature forest in the Gatineau Hills, just 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa in the east end of Gatineau, Le Sorcier offers a public golf course with that private club feel and service. With their close proximity to the Gatineau Airport, golfers are treated on occasion to a private air show with a variety of vintage planes taking to the air over the golf course.
Le Sorcier boasts eighteen holes and you will find no two are alike. Golfers are enchanted by the spectacular, breath-taking views and the constant interaction with nature. Care was taken to ensure that marshlands, nesting areas, meandering streams and beaver ponds were not disturbed during the construction of the course.
What was a magnificent golf course became an even better venue when a new ownership group took possession in the fall of 2011. David Bradley, Junior Paquin, Valery Bradley, Denis Caron and Guy Beaulieu make up the ownership group that immediately instituted many enhancements.
In their first two years, cart paths throughout the course have been paved, white sand has been placed in the bunkers, 100 electric carts were brought in and a new two-story cart barn was built to provide storage for them. With a mandate to improve the course conditioning, new maintenance equipment was purchased as well as a new building to house it.
The clubhouse at Le Sorcier was also revamped with furnishings suitable for the most modern of hotel/clubhouse environments. Take a tour of the clubhouse and it will be evident how better use of the interior space has been made not only aesthetically but also for functionality. Changes include a new Wi-Fi equipped private conference room, improved bar, lounge and dining areas as well as renovated washrooms and locker rooms.
A practice facility is in the works at Le Sorcier, to be the home for the Guy Beaulieu Golf Academy. Guys explains, “The driving range is still in our sights to be developed and we are still working with the city to get their support to help us with the CPTAQ (Commission for the protection of agricultural lands).”
It’s nice to see all of these changes at Le Sorcier, but as General Manager / Head Golf Professional Guy Beaulieu says they’ve only just begin. “We’re not done. We’re constantly making improvements. This year we will be improving the drainage and building a half way house as well as adding to the beautify of the course with a variety of natural flowers.”
A visit to a championship golf course should leave a lasting and memorable experience for all of the good reasons. Guy and his team of managers and employees attempt on a daily basis to make your visit just so.
Upon arrival at the drop-off, one of the teams of bilingual course attendants will take your golf clubs and place them on a golf cart that is included in the golf fee while you park your vehicle. After you check in at the pro-shop and if you’re early perhaps have a beverage or food from Le Rituel Restaurant. There’s more than enough seating available inside the clubhouse or outside on the patio overlooking the 18th green.
Whether before or after your round of golf, take the time to experience the inspiring, simple and affordable cuisine prepared under the guidance of Restaurant Director / Executive Chef / Sommelier Marc Gervais and Chef Jean-Philippe Menard. You will find a menu unlike others found at golf clubs and many of the basic ingredients for their food products are purchased from local farmers and business people. Le Rituel Restaurant is open year round and apart from regular dining and golf activities is available to give you that special wedding experience.
On the course, Superintendent Martin Aubry and his team of course workers work hard to keep the course at a championship level of play. They are meticulous about their cutting and grooming of the course and they take the time to ensure that the views of the course will remain with you.
Tee times at Le Sorcier are set for nine minutes and your starter will hold each group to their appointed tee time. This time gap provides the proper amount of spacing between groups on the course. To thoroughly enjoy your game, pick one of the four sets of tees measuring between 4693 and 6168 yards.
If you like hitting from elevated tees, you’ll love watching the majority of your tee shots traveling through the sky and falling gently on to lush dwarf bluegrass fairways and then playing to bent grass greens. Apart from the spectacular views of the fairways and greens, many of which are lined and framed by mature deciduous and coniferous trees and outcropping of rocks, your anticipation will grow upon completion of each hole as to how the one you have just played can be surpassed by the next.
Each of the five par-3 holes offer elevated tee shots, so be careful in your club selection that you don’t overshoot the greens as the areas you might find are unforgiving. The par-5 holes require accuracy with the tee shot and thoughts about layup areas as most are unreachable in two shots for both the average and many of the better golfers.
If you love golf and haven’t visited Le Sorcier, you owe it to yourself to visit and enjoy the memorable experience that Le Sorcier has brought to many golfers.
As this is the 10th year of operation for Le Sorcier, check their website at www.golflesorcier.com for Anniversary specials during the 2014 season.
David Bradley, Junior Paquin ,Valery Bradley, Denis Caron, Guy Beaulieu
General Manager / Head Golf Professional
Guy Beaulieu – PGA of Canada
Golf Course Superintendent
Le Rituel Restaurant
Marc Gervais, Restaurant Director, Executive Chef & Sommelier
Jean-Philippe Menard, Chef
Blue – 6168/69.2/120
White (Men) – 5815/67.8/116
White (Women) – 5815/72.9/130
Red (Men) – 4934/63.7/105
Red (Women) – 4934/68.4/109
Yellow (Men) – 4693/62.6/103
Yellow (Women) – 4693/67.0/105
Average Hole Lengths (Blue Tees)
Par 3’s – 175 Yards
Par 4’s – 352 Yards
Par 5’s – 532 Yards
Le Sorcier Golf Club
967 Montee Dalton
Gatineau, Quebec, J8R 3C5