This is the fourth of 10 posts that will look back on the current status of my bucket list. Focusing on all 10 provinces, I’ll share links to courses played and remaining on my list, along with some new courses for consideration. I’ll share some pictures, stories and wishes for future travel. Canada is an amazing country for public golf, go play (once the snow is melted, of course).
Bucket List Courses Remaining –
Other Courses Played –
Bucket List Contenders –
Other Courses of Note – Belfast Highland Greens
The iconic Anne of Green Gables home is set close to the 11th hole of Green Gables Golf Club
PEI is a unique golfing destination in Canada. It is also brings together exceptional golfing quality, value, convenience, hospitality and interests to complement time away from the course. I have written extensively about my golf experience in Fall 2015 on the Gentle Island and it remains my favourite place to play golf in Canada. With courses set within the top 100 in Canada you get access to quality courses like Crowbush Cove and Dundarave. You can play courses built by designers like Stanley Thompson, Graham Cooke, Dr. Michael Hurdzen / Dana Fry, and Robbie Robinson among others. If you’re fortunate to play the top courses on the Island you may find – as I did – that there are other courses which deserve strong consideration to be on that list, notably Green Gables and Mill River. This bucket list trip allowed me to play all 10 of my PEI courses in a 6 day span. I have ranked these 10 courses on the Island and invite you to share your feedback on this list, acknowledging all ranking lists are highly subjective.
There are four courses which the province of PEI owns and operates; Crowbush, Mill River, Dundarave and Brudenell. Arguably four of the top courses on the Island, they represent the diversity of golf available on PEI. Close to Cavendish is a cluster of excellent golf, mere minutes away from each other: Green Gables, Eagles Glenn, Glasgow Hills and Andersons Creek are all in close proximity. For travelers, the course closest to the Charlottetown airport which we played was Fox Meadow. If you can only squeeze in a round this would be your choice. And the most relaxed location? That goes to Stanhope. Don’t let it’s benign from nine fool you. The back nine is simply breathtaking and offers a stretch of golf holes which are arguably the most scenic on the Island.
Utilizing Golf PEI, I was able to secure Island Green Cards for our foursome, allowing us the chance to play all 17 of their member courses. While our itinerary only allowed us time for 10, at $399 (+taxes) you can understand why PEI provides such great value for golfers. To find so much great golf, most of it only an hour from where we stayed, PEI continues to be one of Canada’s leading golf destinations.
Golf PEI operates as a central marketing office for golf courses and the golf industry on PEI. In conjunction with the four government owned courses via PEI’s Finest Golf, it excels at service, offering technology, print materials and access to people who can help with all aspects of golf trip planning. For example, I wanted to surprise my group upon our arrival at our rental home (5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, hot tub, pool table, modern kitchen – $1400 +taxes for the week) with ingredients for a seafood feast. Golf PEI staff connected me to a small seafood shop 2 minutes from our home and I was able to place an order and simply pick it up when I arrived; they actually offered to coordinate with our rental agency to have it all in the fridge for us. Amazing.
In addition to 10 rounds of golf, we enjoyed 2 meals at New Glasgow Lobster Supper and created great value from the all-you-can-eat mussels. We booked a tour at the PEI Brewing Company and took some time to wander downtown and try some Cows Ice Cream. While that trip was all about the golf I can share from experience that PEI beaches are sensational, the coastal drives are relaxing and there are growing and diverse options for foodies. The west coast offers some of the most spectacular seaside driving views on the Island. But check for yourself. My new map to bucket list courses will show, if you zoom in on PEI, how close all these courses are to each other and how easy it is to tour around the entire Island.
While I’ve managed to complete my entire bucket list for this province in one trip, it is a destination I would welcome coming back to and look forward to when I can make a return trip.