Re­sort Re­port: Prince Ed­ward Island

Golf Vacations - - News - by David R. Hol­land

Imag­ine a sum­mer day in golf heaven. Can you en­vi­sion Prince Ed­ward Island, Canada’s small­est province, but one of the globe’s most beau­ti­ful ocean and pas­toral set­tings, with a “To Do List” that will ri­val any va­ca­tion desti­na­tion?

Imag­ine a sum­mer day in golf heaven.

Can you en­vi­sion Prince Ed­ward Island, Canada’s small­est province, but one of the globe’s most beau­ti­ful ocean and pas­toral set­tings, with a “To Do List” that will ri­val any va­ca­tion desti­na­tion?

There’s sea­side beauty found here (just north of Hal­i­fax, Nova Sco­tia) in red cliffs and path­ways, ocean coves, white sand beaches, a cho­rus of green in the fair­ways, brush and trees plus a bounty of seafood that in­cludes lob­ster, mus­sels, crab, and many va­ri­eties of oys­ters.

Fish­ing vil­lages are al­ways just around the next bend. And there’s rolling farm­land where canola and pota­toes are har­vested each year and cat­tle graze in a nearby pas­ture.

Golf is abun­dant -- 25 cour­ses for all lev­els of player. There are friendly peo­ple to be paired with, and a fa­vor­able rate of ex­change from the strong Amer­i­can dol­lar.

PEI may be small but it has the most golf cour­ses per capita -- 438 fair­ways in only about 150 miles from end to end.

Terry Hamil­ton, The Links at Crow­bush Cove’s golf shop su­per­vi­sor, says it best: “The beauty of golf here is you don’t hear traf­fic, you feel the breeze, smell the ocean and can even al­most taste it. Prince Ed­ward Island may be small with 140,000 res­i­dents, but we have more than a mil­lion vis­i­tors a year. And the peo­ple of PEI and the golf pro­fes­sion­als are friendly and invit­ing.”

Let’s high­light four of the op­tions on PEI.

The Links at Crow­bush Cove

Prob­a­bly the most scenic and high­est-ranked of the island cour­ses, Crow­bush, opened in 1994, is stun­ning vis­ually, but for­mi­da­ble if the el­e­ments kick in with wind and rain. Wood­lands, wet­lands and dunes all come in to play.

At 6,903 yards, par 72, this Thomas McB­room de­sign has hosted nu­mer­ous pro­fes­sional tour­na­ments, in­clud­ing a Cana­dian Tour event that had to be stopped be­cause the wind was blow­ing so hard. It also hosted a Skins Game in 1998 John Daly, Mark O’Meara, Fred Couples and Cana­dian Mike Weir par­tic­i­pat­ing. Daly in that swash­buck­ler state of mind drove golf balls off the 17th tee to­ward the ocean.

Trade­mark holes abound, but Hamil­ton looks to No. 16 that’s right along the ocean, up­hill, re­quir­ing a tee shot of 180 yards over wa­ter. The ap­proach re­quires an ex­act shot to a small green, but the re­ward is a beau­ti­ful view of beach, where a camp­ground once ex­isted. Hamil­ton says en­joy the view, but don’t be long on this 360-yard hole.

The Links at Crow­bush Cove

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