What makes a great golf course? Sometimes it’s the challenge offered to the player. Sometimes it’s the scenery that makes you stop and admire your view.
Fortunately, in Prince Edward Island, you have both.
Not too many years ago, it could be said that Prince Edward Island was the best kept secret in the golfing world. With courses for every level of golfer, all at an affordable price point, the Island had yet to be discovered by the golfing community.
Prince Edward Island is no longer a secret. The world watched PEI host golfing royalty such as Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Vijay Singh and Mike Weir. Then the Island was again in the limelight with up and coming stars in Big Break Prince Edward Island. Suddenly, the secret was out and Prince Edward Island’s golf courses were being recognizes as some of the best in the world – both for their challenge and for the incredible scenery.
For the golfer that wants it all, where should they start on PEI? Here are our suggestions of some of the most scenic courses on the Island.
The Links at Crowbush Cove
The undisputed king of Island courses, The Links at Crowbush Cove are in the discussion whenever anyone talks about the best courses in Canada, let alone Prince Edward Island. The seaside holes on this course are the most scenic, where the eye scans from bright green fairways through PEI’s iconic beaches and out to the waters of the Gulf of St Lawrence. The winds coming over the water can give the golfer an extra challenge, while at the same time the scenery makes it hard to focus on the next shot.
Red sands and green grass are the calling card for Prince Edward Island. The contrasting colours stand out for visitors to the Island, and no other course represents that better than Dundarave. With plenty of red sand bunkers surrounding surprisingly spacious fairways, Dundarave showcases the Island’s scenery. Coming into the spotlight when it hosted Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, Dundarave is unforgettable, both for its challenging golf and its Island scenery.
Set in the heart of Prince Edward Island, Glasgow Hills showcases the rolling landscape of the Island’s interior. Walking the course can be a bit of a workout as it moves up and down the hills. But the course designers took full advantage of the elevation changes to offer panoramic views of the Island. The 17th hole stands out for the golfer, having been listed in the book 1001 Golf Holes You Must Play Before You Die.
One of the older courses on the Island, Green Gables is located in PEI National Park in the heart of Cavendish. Sitting in the centre of the Island’s tourist haven, and practically next door to Green Gables house, this course has a special place in the Island’s development. The ocean views are not to be missed on this top rated course. Having undergone some redevelopment and realignment a few years ago, the course has kept up with the times, and maintained its spot as one of the must-play courses on PEI.
Catapulted into the golfing world by hosting Big Break Prince Edward Island, Mill River golf course became as well known for its scenery as for its golf. Wandering through a mature forest, along the river and around lakes, Mill River sometimes seems more like a park than a golf course. While the water hazards and elevation changes make for a sometimes challenging round, the scenery is well worth a few lost balls.
Anne’s Windy Poplars makes a great central location to check out all that PEI Golf has to offer. All of the Island’s incredible golf courses are an easy drive from our cottages. Let us take care of the details with our golf packages. And our private outdoor hot tubs are a welcome place to unwind after a round.