The stunning La Bete Golf Club gets your attention in a hurry.
That’s because “The Beast” is not for the faint of heart. Now in its 13th year, the par 71/72, 6,840-yard dynamo is one of the finest examples of target golf.
For accomplished players, La Bete allows them to play a track like the ones we see the pros tangle with on TV. For weekend warriors, making an adjustment is a good idea.
“Playing from the front of the tee box at the red tees removes some of the distance challenges, while still providing for a wonderful round of golf,” said Guy Ouimet, the golf director for Golf Gray Rocks. “They must still aim for strategic spots on the course, but with their shorter clubs.
“Actually, a good idea is for most players to leave the driver in the bag, unless they’re very confident.”
No. 1 is like an appetizer for the full-course meal that will soon be served. The fairway bends from right to left toward a huge waste bunker. And since it’s a shorter hole at 385 yards from the tips, a well-struck driver is likely to go through the dogleg left fairway and settle at a tough angle next to the rock-lined forest.
While the first hole gives everyone a little taste of what’s to come, No. 2 removes any doubt that players in search of a challenging round of golf will have their appetites satisfied.
You’re not hitting to a traditional fairway from the elevated tee box, but to three plateaus in the short stuff that overlook a massive creek that splits the fairway. After pulling out the camera to take an image, it’s club selection time and this is what makes La Bete a superb way to spend four-and-a-half hours.
“There’s a good chance every club will get used,” said Ouimet. “The rolling fairways, elevation changes, ponds, creeks and doglegs require smart shots be made.”
Several factors have contributed to Golf Gray Rocks being a popular golf destination.
The mountain designs of La Bete and La Belle, The Beast’s sister course, have drawn Ottawa-area golfers to the Mont-Tremblant region for special golf vacations over many years because there are no similar courses in the capital region. In 2010, those trips are sure to be made more frequently.
“With our Partner Packages, we are able to offer affordable visits that fit every budget,” Ouimet said. “Golfers can plan memorable golf trips with us while staying at Tremblant Sunstar, Comfort Inn, Residence Mont-Tremblant and Le Grand Lodge. And we now have a package that features golfing at the Royal Laurentian Golf Course.”
The hospitality of the staff is another reason why La Belle and La Bete are magnates for players.
“We have many who’ve been with us for a long time. They take pride in their work and are proud of the consistently excellent bentgrass conditions that people play on. The staff also greet players with smiles and like to chat about the outstanding layout.”
For more details, visit www.golflabelleetlabete.com or call 1.800.567.6744. For package information, guests can call the hotels directly at the numbers provided on the website.