I’m biased, with family roots dating back more than two centuries, but in my mind there are few places in Canada more vibrant and inviting in mid-summer than Prince Edward Island. Grasses as green as you could possibly imagine, beaches never more than 15 minutes away, and hundreds of fairways to greet the aspiring golfer is a pretty intoxicating combination. Throw in some very friendly people (again; biased since I think I’m related to half of them) and there is not much more you could ask for.
If you plan to golf in the “Cradle of Confederation” then you might want to get on it now.
This past weekend a representative of the province told me that with the weak Canadian dollar, bookings are already ahead of their normal pace for golf packages in Canada’s smallest province. While tee times and accommodations are not scarce, as of yet, remember – it’s more than golfers who are choosing to stay at home in Canada this summer.
There is plenty of golf to choose from in P.E.I, and not a lot to disappoint the visitor in any regard.
I’ll throw a handful of spots at you…check them out when you make it east.
- The Links at Crowbush Cove – The leader in the clubhouse. At the 20th anniversary celebrations in 2013 it was heralded as the course that put the island on the map for golf tourism. Early inland holes finally give way to spectacular dune views mid way through the round. There are amazing water views from the 11th tee and the 17th hole might be the hardest 113 yards you’ll ever face, especially in a breeze blowing off the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
- Eagles Glenn of Cavendish – This might be my favourite Graham Cooke design. It grew on me over the years as I began to appreciate the efficient use of the rolling farmland to shape a fun golf product. The 9th hole, a 480-yard par 4, is always a test and even novice golfers will find the course to have ample room for errant play. See nearby Anderson’s Creek for a comparable course if you can’t manage to secure a tee time.
- Dundarave Golf Course – Another layout that grew on me. I always enjoyed playing the sister course, Brudenell River, but have come to respect the longer and more testing Hurdzan/Fry design. Distinguished by red sandstone bunkers they can make a bloody mess of clothing when wet so be forewarned. I love the opportunity to drive the green on the par 4, 8th hole that faces an extension of the Georgetown Harbour.
- Green Gables Golf Course – While I prefer the older, rougher, less-polished version of this course that Stanley Thompson laid out in 1939, the new Thomas McBroom version also has its merits. Popular due to its location right in the midst of the Cavendish tourist scene it is still a treat to play across very scenic woodland property. There are short glimpses of the seaside to add to its appeal. Great staff and the ample deck is a perfect spot to catch a few other golfers finishing up their day.
- Belfast Highland Greens – One of many fine nine holes courses on the island (also check out Red Sands and Eagles View) you’ll be enamoured with their spectacular views of Orwell Bay. You can camp on-site at Lord Selkirk campground as an added bonus. Plus, it’s very affordable.
/ Scott MacLeod