Tucked away on a picturesque piece of land just outside of Manotick, Ont. (about 35 minutes from downtown Ottawa) lays Rideau View Golf Club. It’s a golf course, first and foremost, the the club itself has been gaining traction as one of the most premiere links in Eastern Ontario.
The accomplishments for Rideau View are lengthy. The course is well within the Top 100 in Canada as ranked by both SCOREGolf Magazine, and Canadian Golf Magazine. It was named one of the best courses in Ontario by Ontario PGA professionals. And second-year PGA Tour pro Brad Fritsch is not only sponsored by Rideau View, but he still calls the course that he grew up playing, home.
It also plays host to the annual Rideau View Pro-Am which features a handful of golfers from PGA Tour Canada and local professionals all competing for a $10,000 prize.
General Manager Steve Ducat is a sophisticated businessman, but he also loves golf. An important combination when it comes to running a private club. He says that the golf course itself is the number one reason why people join, the second is the value.
“We have 813 total members now, and 539 full golf members,” Ducat says.
The total member number is an increase of nearly 100 in just two years time. A sign that the benefits of the club is growing. People want to be a member of Rideau View.
The course has multiple categories of membership to fit families, middle-aged golfers, or young adults looking to join their first club. It’s also introduced a new category called ‘Platinum Senior’ for those who may not play as much golf anymore.
Ducat says they would have lost these members totally if this new category had not been introduced, but instead Rideau View has 50 members in this category.
One of the other special features of Rideau View is its teaching facility. Lead by head pro Paul Sherratt. He’s been the Canadian Club Professional of the Year twice, as well as being named the National Teacher of the Year in 1999. Sherratt has a quaint fitting centre on the far side of the driving range complete with a TrackMan radar system. Rideau View is the lone golf course in Ottawa – and one of only two in all of Eastern Ontario with a TrackMan. Sherratt is able to fit golfers of all levels with his keen eye to detail and his simple fitting and teaching philosophy.
Thriving membership and fine teaching professionals aside, the golf course itself is a great track with a great collection of holes to challenge any level of golfer. The greens are quick and usually small, but the fairways have generous landing areas for the most part. It’s a fun place for golfers and non-golfers alike.