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Talk to the animals when playing Mont Cascades Golf Club

No. 1 at Mont Cascades.
No. 1 at Mont Cascades.
Ron Patey

One of the many natural reasons why Mont Cascades Golf Club is a major draw for players has always been the new four-legged friends they make along the way.

No. 15 at Mont Cascades.
Ron Patey

And soon golfers will be able to call them by name.

“We are going to start naming the huge number of wildlife that roams our fairways and forests,” said Kevin Osborne, Mont Cascades’ general manager and PGA of Canada member. “Pretty much every golfer who plays here gets to see deer, foxes and other animals as they walk about the course.”

Your reporter can say first-hand that this is the case because on a couple of occasions while playing Mont Cascades I’ve been visited by members of nature’s gallery.

The first experience happened while driving a power cart down the hill that leads to the fairway on No. 11. Just as we turned the corner out popped a deer about 10 yards in front of our cart that took a quick glance at us and then slowly sauntered on its way.

A second time occurred behind the green on No. 17. My tee-shot had stopped beside the back edge of the putting surface on the elevated hole and left me with a downhill 10-footer for birdie.

While lining up the putt, I heard a rustle from behind and there was a deer taking a peek at me from 20 feet away as it munched its brunch. It didn’t get startled and stayed until I completed my three-putt effort for bogey. I didn’t know deer could giggle, but I’m sure this one did after my weak putting attempts.

Osborne says the animals at Mont-Cascades combine with the scenery of the Gatineau Hills and Gatineau River to produce a serene setting for golfers.

“There are absolutely no man-made distractions for players to hear or see here,” said Osborne. “The atmosphere is nature at its best.”

Mont Cascades Golf Club is a par 70/71 that measures from 5,117 yards to 6,200 yards. The lush layout offers eye-catching views of the Gatineau River while winding through the hills.

The course is located about 25 minutes from downtown Ottawa and a few minutes beyond Mont Cascades Water Park.

For more details, call 819.459.2980, e-mail golf@montcascades.com.