Thanks to all friends, new friends and Chelsea folks, who had fun at the Larrimac Golf & Tennis Club Open House. Come back anytime.
We’ll be looking for you!
The Larrimac Golf & Tennis Club (LGTC) interviewed two of its junior Larrimac golfers – Jeremy Voorneveld and Alex Skyba – to get their thoughts on the game and other things.
Tell us about yourself. What’s your backstory?
I’m 15 years old and go to Philemon Wright High School. I’ve been playing golf at the Larrimac Golf & Tennis Club ever since I can remember. This summer I’m either golfing or working in the pro shop here.
I come from a family of golfers starting with my great grandfather. I play the lovely sport as often as possible when the school year is finally over. I participate in numerous activities that the Junior program offers such as lessons from the club pros every Tuesday, drive, chip and putt contests, and the Junior Intersectional Tournament.
Great stuff. So…imagine you’re giving an elevator pitch for ‘golf’ – what do you say?
“Golf is an awesome sport to play and really fun to learn. It’s a sport that most people pick up late, so why not get a head start on everyone else and start now!”
I’d say “Golf is a sport that you can play for your whole life. If you take up golf at a young age, then stop playing as you get older when life gets busy, you can pick up the game again from where you left off.”
Good golf pitches.
How would you describe Larrimac, in just 3 words?
Community. Unique. Enjoyable.
Beautiful. Fun. Challenging.
Toughest hole at Larrimac and why?
Probably hole 3. It’s a really long par 3 that rolls to the left, and since I’m a lefty and prefer to put a fade on the ball to give myself a better view of the pin on most of the holes, putting a fade on the ball will only make the ball roll further to the left. But… I can’t play a draw on the ball either because there are trees all along the right hand side of the hole, and chipping is almost impossible from that side because the green is sloped to the left with a very challenging sand trap on the left of the green.
I agree for sure. Hole 3 is the toughest – the long, slanted fairway and a challenging green surrounded by bunkers.
No wonder no one’s ever aced that hole.
Let’s talk about food.
Best food before, during and after golf.
A protein bar before playing. During, I really enjoy a bag of sunflower seeds. After – the best thing is the fried chicken prepared by our chef Janice and sous-chef Christoph on men’s night.
Before, a good breakfast. During, an egg salad sandwich and after, chicken fingers.
No hesitation in answering a food question!
So, finish this sentence “Golf is like…..”
“a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.”
How are you both playing this season and what’s your goal?
I’m playing pretty well but I’m still pushing myself to play even better. I’d like to get my handicap down to a single digit number.
I’ve seen a big improvement in the way I play, but my goal for this year is to improve my drives.
If you could golf with anyone, who would that be and why?
John Daly – he seems like a really fun guy and I think it’d be really cool.
My grandfather – he’s been golfing for a long time and he could give me tips as we play.
What’s one of the strangest things that’s happened on the Larrimac golf course?
I was out playing one morning after it rained, out on hole number 6, and all of a sudden I see a deer jump over the green. Then I see a coywolf jump the green chasing the deer. So I start running and look back and see the coywolf now seems to be chasing me! Anyway, I ran back to the clubhouse.
Sounds a bit wild. Glad you’re here to tell the tale.
One last thing before we let you go. Imagine you’re 49 years old. What advice do you give a kid about the game of golf?
Golf is a very enjoyable game but also frustrating, and sometimes you will hit good shots and sometimes you will hit bad shots. But don’t let the bad shots get into your head.
I would probably tell them that the only way to actually become good at golf is to take the game seriously, and that working hard will only get you so far. Golf is really more about working smart, learning, and developing your swing.
Great advice for sure. Thanks for doing this interview and see you out on the course.
Larrimac wishes to thank all the volunteers who mentor our junior golfers to support learning and love of the game.
The Larrimac Monday Night Mixed Golf League is returning for another fun season. Pull together your team soon or just sign up! Friendly competition on Mondays late afternoon starting in June. Players of all levels invited to get to know Larrimac, enjoy a special rate for Monday late-day play, and meet new friends and neighbours. Open to all and welcome!
Phillip Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org or 819.827.1506
The Larrimac Golf & Tennis Club specializes in hosting competitively priced golf tournaments for organizations wanting to reward their team, celebrate an event, or raise funds for charity.
A round of 9 holes at Larrimac takes just over 2 hours and promises quality golf in a special setting for all levels of play.
Then relax with lunch or dinner in the classic screened-in veranda overlooking the course and the Gatineau Hills.
The après golf is second is second to none. The cozy clubhouse, restaurant and the wonderful screened-in veranda overlooking the course and the Gatineau hills make this place an exceptional experience.
With the Gatineau Hills as the backdrop to this 9-hole course it offers beautiful scenery which our golfers enjoy both on the course and from the clubhouse. Our golfers enjoy the laid back environment and they have great fun cooking their own meal on the outdoor barbeque.
As a charity we love the affordable rates, the proximity to downtown Ottawa, the ease of set up and the flexibility in service while running our tournament at Larrimac Golf & Tennis Club.
Book your 2019 office or team event at this unique country club, just 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa in beautiful Chelsea, Quebec.
We hope to see you this season!
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT Phil Gray, Manager, the Larrimac Golf & Tennis Club 819.827.1506 or email@example.com
12 person minimum – no hall rental fee for tournaments
No restrictions. No monthly minimums. Located next to Gatineau Park in Chelsea, Québec. The course length and the variety of play challenge even the most experienced golfer.
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*taxes not included, plus a one-time only new members’ fee of $100
We asked some of our guests and members to share with us their top reasons for playing at the Larrimac Golf & Tennis Club – a public 9-hole course with two tennis courts located in Chelsea. Here’s what they told us:
Tight for time? Play 9. Larrimac Golf is affordable and fits into your busy schedule. Play 9 holes in about 2 hours and still have time to blog about it.
Tons of tennis time is available on two quality courts. No need to find a partner either. Reserved times for members means just show up to get a game in. Then stop by the clubhouse after tennis for a bite to eat. Game, set, munch!
You are Special to us. Larrimac has Special tee times and tennis times reserved for members, lots of Specials for reduced Green Fees for the public, a Special weekly Junior Golf Program, a Special Junior Tennis Program, and an eSpecially new Monday Night Mixed Golf League open to all.
We hear this all the time – ‘spending a day at Larrimac is like a day at the cottage’ – without any of the chores. Yes….. And only 15 minutes from Ottawa.
Larrimac’s 9-hole course will give you a complete golf experience in half the time! The course demands a greater variety of shot-making than most 18 hole courses. We dare you to walk the course and shoot par. We double dare you.
Our golf course is superbly maintained. This is a high quality public course because our greenskeeper and his crew are fastidious people. We’re focused on 9 and we do it right.
Founded in 1924, the Club has a delightfully ‘unstuffy’ feel about it and is full of friendly people with whom it is a joy to play a round of golf or a game of tennis. Unpretentious is us.
Our après golf is second to nine… ahem…second to none. The cozy clubhouse, restaurant and the wonderful screened-in veranda overlooking the course and the Gatineau hills make this place an exceptional experience.
Did we mention that the superbly maintained 9–hole golf course and two tennis courts are conveniently located in the beautiful Gatineau hills in an unbeatable and unspoiled setting? That playing here is the way golf used to be? That Larrimac fits your budget and schedule? That the food and the welcoming atmosphere in the clubhouse make you feel right at home? Just recapping.
Play here soon then send us your own #1 for playing at Larrimac to firstname.lastname@example.org
Larrimac has a rich history of mentoring young golfers as they learn to love the game. The club is proud to continue the tradition this season.
If you’re under 18 as of January, you are eligible to join as a Junior Member – and there are lots of perks!
Larrimac Junior Members participate for free in the excellent Junior Day Program running Tuesday mornings 08:30 – 11:30, starting June for eight weeks.
Find out more here
Remember too that for members it’s not necessary to find a partner or even reserve a court during “Adult Open Tennis” times – just show up and play.
ADVANTAGE Tennis at Larrimac!
Reserve your court here
Find out more about memberships here
Want to improve your ball striking, understanding of the golf swing, alignment, long shots, short game, putting, course management, golf knowledge?
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned golfer, you’ll be in excellent hands at Larrimac to learn, improve, perfect.
Ann Rafuse is passionate and skilled about teaching golf and will work with you to improve your game.
$60 per hour
3 one-hour lessons: $160
5 one-hour lessons: $250
$40 per person per hour
3 one-hour lessons: $100 per person
5 one-hour lessons: $180 per person
Email or call Ann to book the lesson that will start you on the path toward better golf and more fun on the golf course!