Resort Report: Prince Edward Island
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.