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The Champlain Golf Course, originally known as the Glenlea, is where many of the golfers in the National Capital Region first took up the game of golf.
A full 18 hole course in an environment of mature trees and rolling hills, the Champlain Golf Course has a full range of services available to its members and guests.
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3037 Quail Run Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1T3S1
Foggy in the morning.
Overcast throughout the day.
Overcast throughout the day.
Snow (9–18 cm.) starting in the afternoon.
Rain in the morning.
Date: 2008-Jun-03 Review by Dan P
The greens weren't too bad. A bit slow but healthy. Because of the slowness of the greens most putts ran very straight. A few complaints were heard from our group but I think it was more miss hits then the actual green.
Fairway markers were pins set in the middle of the fairway. Champlain is one of the few courses I've seen that offers 250 yard markers. Fairways were adequate width with varying grass conditions.
On a few holes the dandelions were quite progressive.
A mix and match set of tees when it comes to condition. One was very wide and was in dire need of weed killer (hole #3). Another tee was almost bare of grass but the tee position didn't have much in the way of sunlight access. Three sets of tees to choose from.
Hole 9 ends a fair piece from the clubhouse. I don't believe playing nine holes is much of an option.
It looks like Champlain uses the existing landscape the best it can although there really isn't a lot to work with. Not much in the way of elevation changes so it's a pretty easy walk.
Minor water on a few holes. The par 3 4th is a nice challenging hole over a pond.
A reasonable price. A good last minute play. A decent starter course.
Not too tough a track and no real hidden surprises. It's fairly easy to keep a ball in play.
Don't bother venturing into the woods. The bugs are abundant and the underbrush makes even the shortest of entires a scratch filled affair. Champlain is a fairly typical inner city course.
We only encountered one staff member while paying. He was efficient and got us on our way with no hassle. We didn't see a beverage cart and stopping at the clubhouse after nine wasn't an option.
Pro Shop offered sparing supplies.
The clubhouse/restaurant we didn't have a chance to venture into as time didn't permit.
The parking lot was large and parking would probably never be an issue.
Easy enough to find your way around the course. There's nothing that makes Champlain unique from other courses in the area.
A few more washrooms would be nice.
Champlain probably has the longest golf season of any course in the Ottawa/Gatineau area. I remember GPSing this course on a cold December 21st morning on a day that I wouldn't want to make contact with the ground with any club. A few dozen hearty soles were still on the course playing the game they love.