A bit of history

When most people think of Mont-Tremblant, they think of winter sports and especially skiing down challenging hills overlooking a frozen lake. But the addition of  spectacular golf courses have made Tremblant a must for summer getaways as well.  Le Diable, which translates to the Devil, is named after the river that borders the golf course, but if you ask anyone who has played it they’ll tell you it’s a beast to be tamed!

Designed by Michael Hurdzan, designer of over 400 courses in Canada and in the US, and Dana Fry who also designed many courses all over the world, fans of this course say it may not steal your soul but will most likely take a bit of your pride!

Photo Gary Yee – 2021

A delight to play

Le Diable has everything to please every level of player. The par 71, 7056-yard track offers a variety of flat fairways and one or two steep changes in elevation on both nines. Many of the holes on the front nine are flanked by long waste bunkers and several offer magnificent views.  The distance between a few holes and the elevation makes the use of golf carts mandatory and you’ll find the cart paths to be well maintained.

You’ll notice that the sand in some of the bunkers has a bit of a red tint to it… Was this designed on purpose to remind us of the devilish twist and turns of this course? Either way, the effect is unique.  Flanked by tall red pine trees, the ski resort and lake Tremblant, it is no wonder www.top100golfcourse.com has named le Diable Québec’s 8th most beautiful golf course.

Photo Gary Yee – 2021

A few tips to help tame the beast

As all golfers know, warming up and practicing makes all the difference.  At le Diable, you an enjoy a wonderful practice facility and putting green.  Practice balls are included in your fee and there are plenty of t-boxes at either end of this large space.

Grab the Devil by the horns on the first 3 holes commonly named ‘’Amen Corner’’. Even excellent frequent golfers here consider a bogey (one over par) on these holes a success. To stay safe from waste bunkers, sand traps and water hazards it’s always a good idea to aim for the middle on all these holes.

One of the signature holes is number 2, a long par 5 with breathtaking views and challenges for all levels.

Trou #2 – Photo Gary Yee – 2021

The most difficult hole on the course is the next par five, number 5. Another long track slight dogleg to the left with plenty of sand traps on either side right up to the green, mounds and a narrowing fairway.

Trou #5 – Photo Gary Yee – 2021

Take out your cameras on hole number 6. From the top t-boxes you can spot the Circuit Mont-Tremblant, one of the most beautiful race car track in North America.

Trou #6 – Photo Gary Yee – 2021

The back nine will test your ability with important elevation changes. Snap a few more photos on hole 15 overlooking the Grand Lodge and Lake Ouimet. This amazing par 5 is downhill all the way on two plateaus before reaching the green surrounded by sand traps.

Trou #15 – Photo Gary Yee – 2021

Finally, the 18th hole to the clubhouse. A nice, long and wider fairway which may help you forget your little miseries and will surely make you want to return.

Trou #18 – Photo Gary Yee – 2021

Golf Academy

After testing your humility at le Diable, why not hone your skills with a private or group lesson? The Dan Bilodeau Golf Academy is located onsite and offers a range of activities and training for all levels and an indoor virtual golf system where you can play the top courses in the world. The academy also offers programs for juniors.  More details here https://www.danbilodeaugolf.com/

Clubhouse and boutique

As in all Tremblant facilities, many staff members have been around for several years and are always pleasant and helpful.  They will be glad to answer your questions and help you prepare your round.  Need some golf balls or forgot your glove? No worries, the boutique has all the basics and more.

Photo Gary Yee – 2021

As an avid (and still struggling) golfer in Tremblant and in many courses around the world, I have to admit le Diable is one of my favourites.