A crown jewel of Canadian tourism, majestic Prince Edward Island has long held the title as Canada’s #1 Golf Destination. If you have any prior experience with the plethora of beautiful Canadian courses from coast-to-coast, then you understand that PEI is one of the most desirable golf destinations in all the world.
With packages available to meet the needs of every golfer, Golf PEI (www.golfpei.ca) makes it easy to book your next golf travel experience. With over 30 golf courses to choose from, and the island’s relatively small size, you can conveniently enjoy a round or two of golf, and still be within short distances from many of PEI’s other fantastic tourist attractions - including theatre, scenery, beaches and culinary experiences.
Here's a look at our top 10 course recommendations to consider during your next visit.
Glen Afton Golf Course
Discover one of Prince Edward Island’s best “classic” 18-hole golfing values. Enjoy the beautiful coastal views and breezes of the Northumberland Strait while playing this interesting 18-hole layout. Or choose to play 9 holes, the scenic open front or the challenging coastal back nine. This beautiful course is a “good walk” in unspoiled Prince Edward Island. The layout of the front nine provides an opportunity for scoring well. The panoramic coastal holes are different and challenging. This is enjoyable golf. Glen Afton is located 15 minutes west of Charlottetown and 35 minutes from the Confederation Bridge. Public beaches are located 2 miles from Glen Afton Golf Course.
The Eagles Glenn of Cavendish
The 18-hole, championship Eagles Glenn Golf Course stretches across 300 acres of lush countryside deep in the heart of Cavendish. The challenging layout features 10 par-4 holes. Designed by a well known name in Canadian golf, Graham Cooke, the course was designed to take advantage of the awe-inspiring views. The result is a scenic and walkable golf course that is reminiscent of the Scottish-links tradition. Cooke seamlessly incorporated intricate mounding and utilized the tall fescue around the greens and fairways. Eagles Glenn is a formidable test, but there are five sets of tees to accommodate players of all skill levels.
Fox Meadow Golf & Country Club
The Fox Meadow Golf & Country Club, located only 7 minutes from downtown Charlottetown, is truly a masterpiece that must be experienced. The Rob Heaslip designed championship 18-hole layout truly engages the natural surroundings with a mix of community, rural and harbour views to enhance your total Fox Meadow experience. The clubhouse offers fine dining, a cozy Fox Den Lounge and a 175 seat banquet area, all catered by the Delta Prince Edward Hotel. Banquet facilities are available for golf events, corporate events, wedding receptions and other gatherings. Fox Meadow welcomes corporate and group golf outings providing both regular and shotgun starts.
Mill River Golf Course
Mill River is a mature forest course that is the discerning golfer’s dream - with 18 totally different memories for both the high and low handicap player. Wide rolling fairways, well bunkered greens, subtle elevation changes and numerous lakes and streams make each hole a new challenge and a pleasure to play. Whether the par 4, #3 along the river is to your liking or the entirely redesigned par 4, #18, the many enhancements add a new dimension to the Mill River golf experience. As can be expected, you will need to use your entire game as you venture around this parkland setting. One of Prince Edward Island’s most popular and affordable playgrounds.
Green Gables Golf Course
A scenic, ocean-side golf course, Green Gables measures 6,459 yards from the back tees and has everything you would expect of one of the Island’s top-rated links - classic rolling greens guarded by deep bunkers, six water holes, an ever changing breeze and the dunes of PEI’s famous north shore serving as a backdrop. The course was designed and built in 1939 by one of the world’s most renowned architects, the late Stanley Thompson. It underwent extensive modifications in the early 1980’s. Green Gables is located in the PEI National Park and is equidistant (30 minutes) from the Province’s two main centers, Charlottetown and Summerside. There is a large selection of accommodations, restaurants and camping facilities in this resort area.
Glasgow Hills Resort & Golf Club
Glasgow Hills Resort & Golf Club is a Les Furber design that has set a new standard in golf on Prince Edward Island. It's a beautiful course sculpted from the hills of New Glasgow and has sensational views of the River Clyde and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Your visit would not be complete without stopping by the clubhouse; the fully stocked pro shop will provide plenty of choices for both golfers and non-golfers alike. Don’t forget to stop by Piper’s Restaurant and check out the full service menu, where you can either relax inside or outside on the large deck. Both will provide breathtaking views that you will not soon forget.
Brudenell River Golf Course
Brudenell River Golf Course has a traditional layout that incorporates both the river and the picturesque gardens situated throughout. It is one of Prince Edward Island's most popular courses. The golf course consists of six par-3's, par-4's, and par-5's each, but it is most known for its challenging par-3's, two of which run alongside the river. There are also lakes and ponds that come into play throughout as well as a few strategically placed bunkers. The wide fairways are forgiving and provide a player-friendly complement to the hazards. The 10th hole, the course's signature, is known for its tricky green that is protected by water on all sides.
Andersons Creek Golf Club
Graham Cooke's predilection for rolling hills and mixed woodlands will be apparent the first time you visit Andersons Creek Golf Club. Making the best use of a beautiful rural setting, this 18-hole championship golf course offers an experience that is as beautiful as it is challenging. Its location, just a few minutes from the center of Cavendish, makes Andersons Creek one of the Island’s most accessible courses, being within 25 minutes of both the Confederation Bridge and the Charlottetown Airport. Tee-off options at Andersons Creek present a spectrum of possibilities for every handicap level. A well-appointed clubhouse offers a memorable view of New London Bay and Gulf dunes. A well-stocked Pro Shop and licensed lounge will assure a complete experience at Andersons Creek Golf Club. The Links at
The Links at Crowbush Cove
The Scottish tradition has found a world-class home at The Links At Crowbush Cove. Golf architect Thomas McBroom has artfully woven a spectacular course design around the seaside dunes of Prince Edward Island's north shore, incorporating panoramic views and plenty of challenge. The highly acclaimed course incorporates nine water holes, eight dunes holes and greens built to U.S.G.A. specs - just some of the reasons The Links at Crowbush Cove has earned a five-star rating from Golf Digest and has been chosen to host major tournaments such as the Export-A Skins Game.
Dundarave Golf Course
This red sandstone, 18-hole championship golf course, designed by award winning architects, Dr. Michael Hurzdan and Dana Fry, opened in July 1999. The course offers an appealing blend of traditional and contemporary architectural designs with some of the most memorable bunkering patterns in all of golf. Expansive fairways, lined with lush pines and the tranquil Brudenell River, meander through some of the most stunning beauty that PEI has to offer.
About the Author
This article was written by Jonathan Carr (@jonathanwcarr) as part of our weekly 'Top 10' series. As a scratch golfer himself, Jonathan has a keen eye for what it takes to be successful on and off the golf course. His passion for golf is surpassed only by his passion for his faith and his family.
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