70 YEARS IN THE MAKING

Carling Golf’s History

Carling Lake Golf Club is nestled in the Laurentians and laid out in the heart of a grandiose natural setting amid mountains, lakes and trees. At the turn of the 19th century, the actual site of the golf club was a farm owned by the Carlin family.

A prestigious golf course is born in the Laurentians.

The farm was later sold to the Ayers family who converted it into a breeding farm for cattle at first and then for minks before they decided to turn it into a private golf course. Already owners of the Lachute Golf Club (located 20 miles south of Carling Lake) since 1925, they hired Stanley Thompson, a Toronto architect, to design a 9-hole course, officially opened in 1945.

The private golf club becomes one of the most beautiful public courses in the Laurentians

In 1961, the famed golf architect Howard Watson designed a full 18-hole course in replacement of the original 9-hole. Four years later, the Ayers opened the course that became famous here and abroad and collected numerous awards and honours throughout the years. Forty-five years later, amateurs and pro golfers are still defied and charmed by its unique holes seemingly carved from the wild nature.

In January 1984, the Ayers family sold 7000 acres of real estate to the German businessman Herbert Hillebrand, including the Carling Lake Golf Club. This same year, Mr. Hillebrand signed up the professional golfer Jean Millaire to a 20-year contract, who in turn joined with Louis Michaud and André Gagnier in a partnership to operate it as a public course to this day.

In 2015, Olymbec/PAVA become the new owners of the Lac Carling Hotel and the majestic Carling Lake Golf Club now known as the Carling Lake Golf Club. Major renovations are giving new life to the establishment and facilities, offering all golfers in the Montreal Region, a choice destination for years to come.