A Duffer's Guide

Chris Quigley
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Atlantide yields Boisvert's first birdie of the season

In the second leg of our duffer's guide series, Cités Nouvelles reporter Phillippe Boisvert and I once more dutifully crossed the Galipeault Bridge (their motto: no traffic between 4 and 4:30 a.m.) to Île Perrot, where we were lucky enough to play a round of golf at Atlantide, a semi-private course on the southern tip of the island overlooking the water.

A Duffer's Guide

The club has two 18-hole courses, and we played the more venerable of the two, the Atlantide course. Thanks to the aforementioned traffic, we had no time to warm up before teeing off on the 470-yard par-5, and our tee shots reflected that lack of warm-up time. We settled in nicely, though, and after hitting some decent approach shots, we moved happily to the second tee, where things began to get interesting.

I hit a decent 215-yard drive slightly into the rough on the left, where my follow-up six-iron went about 20 feet.


My mother-in-law (an active and accomplished golfer) has a saying she likes very much. It goes “a good drive matters not, if you screweth up the second shot.”

Then I turned around and asked her if she had a saying for when you don't hit any good shots at all.

On the third hole, things started to turn around, and by the time we had played the par-3 fourth hole, I was feeling good and warmed up. On the dogleg right 404-yard par-4 sixth hole, I was crushing the ball off the tee and getting more and more comfortable from 50 yards and in. Golf is fun, man!

On the par-3 seventh hole, we had the chance to see Phillippe hit a beautiful tee shot to within six feet of the hole, and his fantastic putt gave him a two and the first birdie of the year. Without question, Phil had the best two shots of the day. The second great shot was a chip from the fringe on the par-4 17th hole that found the bottom of the cup.

From my end, though, the day was not a wash. I hit some decent approaches, and I am starting to cut down my number of shots in a round, if only by a little.

I'm still getting too many chunked shots (created by topping the golf ball and driving it down into the turf instead of up into the air) where my body comes up too far, but it wasn't so bad on Atlantide's beautiful course. The rough was tough but playable (Lord knows I spent enough time there to know) and you can get birdies on this course (I mean, Phillippe got one, right? I'm still waiting on my first, though.). The fairways are wide, but often bordered by hills, making for tough plays off of those areas. So, be careful there. Many of Atlantide's holes and fairways bend slightly, giving the course a fantastic esthetic quality that also makes it a better course for duffers who naturally slice more shots than otherwise better golfers. You'll want to check it out for yourself, though.

Memberships are available.

Atlantide golf and country club is located at 2201 Don-Quichotte Boulevard in Notre Dame de l'Île Perrot and can be reached at 514-425-2000, or visit them online at www.golfatlantide.com and get your tee time.

Organizations: Atlantide

Geographic location: 2201 Don-Quichotte Boulevard, Notre Dame, Île Perrot

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