Mont Tremblant Resort - Le Diable golf course - hole 11
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Mont Tremblant Resort - Le Diable golf course - hole 11
Sandy waste areas -- like these on hole 11 -- are what make Mont Tremblant Resort's Le Diable golf course so tough. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Mont Tremblant Resort - Le Diable golf course - 12th
The 12th hole on the Le Diable golf course is one of the toughest par 3s in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Mont Tremblant Resort - Le Diable golf course - 15th
The par-5 15th hole on Mont Tremblant Resort's Le Diable golf course drops dramatically downhill with gorgeous views along the way. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Mont Tremblant Resort - Le Diable golf course - 16th
The 156-yard 16th hole on Mont Tremblant Resort's Le Diable golf course can be tough. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Mont Tremblant Resort - Le Diable golf course - 6th
The gorgeous sixth hole is arguably the best of the five par 3s on Mont Tremblant Resort's Le Diable golf course. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Mont Tremblant Resort - Le Diable golf course - 8th
The eighth hole on the Le Diable golf course at Mont Tremblant Resort plays 202 yards. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Mont Tremblant Resort - Le Diable golf course - 5th
It's a long road to reach the fifth green on the Le Diable golf course at Mont Tremblant Resort, a 596-yard par 5. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Mont Tremblant Resort - Le Diable golf course - 3rd
The par-3 third hole on the Le Diable golf course at Mont Tremblant Resort is one of the few holes featuring water. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Avoid the sand on Le Diable golf course in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec, Canada -- No golf course in the Laurentian Mountains brings out more polarizing opinions than Le Diable at Mont Tremblant Resort, which is ranked no. 71 among ScoreGolf's top 100 golf courses in Canada in 2012.

Some people consider Le Diable (which translates to "the devil" in English) the best public course in the region 75 miles northwest of Montreal, while others believe too many penal bunkers and waste areas too often ruin the opportunity for a decent score.

The 7,056-yard, par-71 track opened in 1998, three years after its nearby sister course, the 6,836-yard Le Geant, which is also managed by Intrawest. Ohio architects Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry peeled back the grass on seven holes, digging out deep sandy waste areas. These hazards tend to induce timid swings off the tee, making long par 4s and par 5s even tougher.

The more mountainous back nine provides relief from all that sand. There are no fairway bunkers on holes 13-15. Views from the elevated 15th tee stretch for miles, soaring across Lake Tremblant to the mountains in the distance. This 535-yard par 5 drops so dramatically downhill that it plays like a long par 4.

Water makes brief, albeit memorable, appearances on the front nine. Misses on the first two par 3s -- the 199-yard third hole and the spectacular 221-yard sixth hole -- could end up wet.

Le Diable's combination of beauty and brutality mix a little bit of heaven and you-know-what all in one round.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed and photographed more than 1,000 courses and written about golf destinations in 20 countries for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfpass and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.

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Avoid the sand on Le Diable golf course in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec