By Brittany P. Curran
Spring has sprung: It’s time to hit the course
© Contributed photo
The Lakes Golf Club in Ben Eoin
(Originally published in the May 2013 issue of the Nova Scotia Business Journal - Golfing in the Maritimes ad feature)
The first hint of spring weather brings out seasoned golfers and eager amateurs alike, all itching for sunshine and a spot on the green.
With over 140 courses in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island — all offering idyllic scenery and personalized charm — Atlantic Canada has earned itself a place on any golf lover’s passport.
For 2012, seven East Coast courses made SCOREGolf’s Top 100 Canadian Courses, a coveted ranking that highlights the country’s best fairways. The list includes:
• Highlands Links Golf Club - Ingonish Beach, NS (#6)
• The Links at Crowbush Cove - Murell, PEI (#16)
• Dundarave Golf Course - Cardigan, PEI (#38)
• Fox Harb’r Resort - Wallace, NS (#55)
• Bell Bay Golf Club - Baddeck, NS (#79)
• Algonquin Golf Course - St. Andrews By-the-Sea, NB (#95)
• Glen Arbour Golf Course - Hammonds Plains, NS (#96)
For this year’s anticipated PGA Tour Canada, The Lakes Golf Club in Ben Eoin, Nova Scotia, will be one of the seven stopping points. The tour will stop at this Cape Breton destination from September 2 to 8. Not since 2001 (when it was in St. John’s, NL) has a Maritime province been host to the celebrated tournament, and this match — with an enticing purse of $150,000 — is earmarked the Cape Breton Celtic Classic. The Lakes Golf Club sets the perfect stage with its captivating course constructed on three plateaus and overlooking the inland sea of the Bras d’Or Lakes.
The Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews-By-The-Sea, New Brunswick, is currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation with a big re-opening scheduled for June. The resort features the award-winning seaside Algonquin Golf Course — home to two of the top 10 golf holes in Canada. The resort’s architectural facelift is expected to take this Maritime destination to new heights.
There are great hopes for Prince Edward Island’s golfing scene this year. PEI Tourism has been planning on selling the province’s four privately-owned courses (Brudenell River, Mill River, Dundarave, and The Links at Crowbush Cove) but have yet to reach a decision. The government recently announced that this year’s golfing season will carry on with no delay. It expects 2013 will bring a bright and booming run for these well-known destinations.
Exciting new accommodations are nearing the finish line at Eagles View Golf Club in Murray River, Prince Edward Island. Set in a quaint and picturesque village, this course is connected by a 1,000 foot bridge and surrounded by MacLures Pond, P.E.I.’s largest freshwater reservoir. The new complexes — aptly labeled The Villas of Eagles View — have been erected adjacent to the club’s entrance. The property will overlook holes 1, 2 and 9 (of the 9-hole, par-36 course) and aims to be available for the 2013 season.
So whether you’re the next Adam Scott or prone to pesky bogeys, there’s nothing like a day on the links and nowhere like the beautiful East Coast. This summer, grab your clubs and be sure to cross “Golfing in the Maritimes” off your bucket list.
Links of interest:
Nova Scotia www.golfnovascotia.com
Prince Edward Island www.golfpei.ca
New Brunswick www.golfnb.com
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