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

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