Tee Shots & Lobster Pots
A weeklong gourmet golf experience on Prince Edward Island
It’s no ordinary Thursday evening in mid-September for the two Marshall brothers. We are deep in the heart of Atlantic Canada’s Nova Scotia having just driven past a sign that indicates the halfway point between the equator and the North Pole. With the automatic set to cruise control and some cool sounds on the radio, we cut a swathe through dense pine forest that stretches as far as the eye can see.
After crossing the spectacular 13km Confederations Bridge we arrive on Prince Edward Island (known locally as
PEI), our final destination for a weeklong gourmet golf experience - playing six of the island’s best courses, staying in top-drawer accommodation and sampling some of the planet’s finest seafood. Only 280km from tip-to-tip, Canada’s tiniest province certainly packs a punch in the world of golf. Ten of PEI’s 26 golf courses are ranked in the Top 100 courses in Canada and all are located within a 45 minutes drive of each other.
Characteristics such as stunning scenery, masterful course design, moderate climate, super friendly locals and abundant off-thecourse activities have seen PEI named the ‘Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year’ by IAGTO (International Association of Golf Travel Operators). After the golf, seafood aficionados will think they have gone to heaven with the plethora of dining options and delicious local specialties such as oysters, lobster, mussels, clams and scallops.
Our home for the first two nights is the Rodd Brudenell River Resort situated on
the east coast, only a short drive from the historic coastal town of Georgetown and featuring 45 holes of quality golf (Dundarave, Brudenell River & the Divine Nine). The following morning after tucking into a hearty ‘Duffers Breakfast’ of two eggs, bacon, sausage with home fries and coffee, we find ourselves on the first tee of the Dundarave course - a red sandstone 18-hole championship layout designed by award-winning architects Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, opened in 1999.
The course is a tricky opener and offers an attractive blend of traditional and contemporary architectural designs with some of the most memorable bunkering patterns in all of golf. Over the years, Dundarave has challenged the skills of some of the best players in the game and hosted some fine professional matches including the 2006 Legends of Golf featuring Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.
Offering a better opportunity of lower scoring is the more forgiving Brudenell River, which we tackle after lunch. This picturesque garden and river course offers six par-3s, six par-4s and six par-5s, and features expansive fairways lined with lush pines and numerous gardens, ponds and water features that surround wellmanicured greens. The 135-yard par-3 10th, Shimmering Water played over a lake sums up best what the course is all about.
In the evening, we have dinner at Clam Diggers Beach House & Restaurant in Georgetown, which is typical of many of