Jul 23, 2019

Golf Course Review - Camelot Golf and Country Club

Every golf season I try to check off a few golf courses that haven't played yet and are on my bucket list. Some years these are courses outside of the Ottawa area, recently though I finally got to play one of Ottawa's best. Beautiful Camelot Golf and Country Club located in Cumberland and ranked 74th on ScoreGolf's Top 100 Golf Courses.

I had the opportunity a few years ago to play the premium private golf club when they were hosting the World Junior Girls Championship but things didn't work at the time. A recent phone call to General Manager Greg Richardson and a tee time was set for myself and family member to play.

Upon arrival both Ryan and Mack two very helpful Camelot staff got us set up and made us feel at ease for our first visit to play Camelot. We got paired with John a member who I can only say was awesome. Both as a guide around the course and as company on a beautiful Saturday in July. He was both genuine and calming. The tone was set for a perfect day of golf.

Camelot's golf course was designed by the renowned Canadian golf course architect, Thomas McBroom. I've played a few of McBroom's designs and you can always count on a challenging and memorable golf experience. Including what I always love in a golf course; variety.

Camelot has a course rating of 74.2 and slope of 139 from the back tees, we played the green/white hybrid tees on recommendation from John and it was perfect for our first visit to Camelot.

 “Camelot is really a combination of two characteristics. It’s links-style up in the meadowland where the holes are defined by the fescue roughs. The rest is situated in woodsy parkland. It’s a great contrast.” states McBroom.

The greens were in amazing shape considering the poor winter we had in Ottawa. Three were still recovering but you can tell the maintenance staff is working hard to get them back to normal. 

Love the tiered greens at Camelot. On most holes if you chip it close to the hole your ball will funnel nicely saving par or better.

Dave taking dead aim at the Par 5 12th hole aptly named the #Gauntlet. Thought I might be in the Muskokas when I came to the tee; beautifully designed hole with nice elevation changes and just enough hazards regardless of the tees you play from.

It was a great day playing Camelot. McBroom' design will challenge all levels of golfers just be sure and play from the right tees. The variety of holes, terrain and tiered greens are strengths of this golf course. With beautiful views of the Ottawa River and Gatineau Hills Camelot is a must play if you're in the Ottawa area.

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