Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is 20 minutes from downtown. By car, New York is six hours, Boston five. The golf season runs April-October, but it can be quite chilly in those nonsummer months.
Historic Old Montreal, with 17th-century buildings, is home to the hip Hotel Nelligan ($190, hotelnelligan.com) and its rooftop bar. The luxurious Le Saint-Sulpice ($260, lesaintsulpice.com) is behind the Notre-Dame Basilica.
Eighty percent of residents are French speakers -- though many can converse in English. Want to return the favor? Here are a couple of French-Canadian phrases you can use on the course: "Too tay fay voe-LAY" ("You were robbed") and "Ma frappay uhn OWE-trah" ("Gonna hit another").
Montreal's Latin Quarter, just east of downtown, is your best bet for casual cafes and al fresco dining. Champs, a two-story, downtown landmark, has legal sports betting.