595 côte Bellevue
La Malbaie, Quebec
Golfing at Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu dates back to 1923, when guests could golf on a nine-hole course designed by golf pro Harry Black. The golf course was set on agricultural land several kilometers from the hotel.
With the growing popularity of the game and the Charlevoix area as well, the Canada Steamship Lines, that was owning the resort, decided to invest in a new golf course, which would be more accessible and far more spectacular. Architect Herbert Strong was hired to design the new green gem that was opened in 1925 and inaugurated by William H. Taft. Strong had already designed Lakeview in Toronto, as well as Inwood and The Engineers on Long Island.
Strong’s incomparable golf course was carefully laid out over the rolling hills by the Manoir, overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence. In 1929, a golf columnist wrote that the course offered “something of an aerial view, as though one had been invited to hit balls from one cloud to another.”
Today, major investments are again being made in the golf course. In April 2002, Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu announced a $10 million expansion project over the next four years. The project will transform Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Golf Club into a world-class golf complex and include: a new water supply infrastructure, a new 9-hole course designed by Graham Cooke & Associates, one of the largest architectural firms for golf clubs in Canada, as well as a new driving range.
Golf Course Expansion Project Well Underway At Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu is moving forward with more than $14M of investments on its golf expansion project. During summer 2003, a new phase was added to the resort’s initial golf expansion project. The additional investment consist of three new projects: the construction of a panoramic trail, the construction of a new clubhouse and the development of an onsite Golf Academy. Despite these new adds, should Mother Nature be on our side, the entire project will respect the initial deadline and will be completed for the mid-season in 2005.
Combining the challenging new course with the awe-inspiring landscape of the Charlevoix region, the new panoramic trail will connect the hotel Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu to the golf course. The new trail will add to the player’s experience by further enhancing the exceptional view of the nearby St. Lawrence River.
The new Clubhouse, which has been built at the 1st hole of the new 9-hole golf course, will feature a new dining room complemented with an outstanding view.
The soon-to-be Golf Academy, directed by Jean-Philippe Moffet, Golf Professional, had already opened its driving range and will be offering a dedicated space for golfers to practice all aspects of their game. The new facility will be secluded from the public, increasing the privacy of lessons offered at the academy to small groups or individuals.
In addition, the original 18-hole will be completely renovated and re-designed, and the soon-to-be 27-hole facility, will have a fully restored maintenance garage.
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Golf Club already enjoys an enviable reputation. The Shield, a much-coveted trophy, and the establishment of the exclusive Cardinal Club in 1951 enhanced the club’s reputation. Today, the course is home to several tournaments, including the Jackie Desmarais Open and the Coupe Casino de Charlevoix on the 18-hole course of 6,105 yards. In 2000, Golf Course Ranking recognized the high quality of the course and the overall experience at Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu. The Canadian magazine ranked Le Manoir the Best Golf Course in Canada in the “Resort” category and awarded it the double-platinum medal, which is the magazine’s highest distinction in the category.
The new expansion project will position Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu as a leading golf destination offering an incomparable golf experience.
The 18 staff on Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu’s maintenance team are hard at work under the watchful eye of Denis Dallaire, Superintendent and active member of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association. They are ensuring the best playing conditions that Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Golf Club offers, specially adapted for Resort Play.
Take Highway 138 East or Highway 362 (scenic route along the river)