I must admit that I am addicted to golfing, which is especially easy to do when living here in Cape Breton!
All the golf courses on the Island are exquisite providing various degrees of challenge, breathtaking views and unforgettable golfing!
My favorite is Highlands Links, located in the prestige Cape Breton Highlands National Park on the Cabot Trail in Ingonish, it is absolutely breathtaking and world recognized! (ranked #1 public course in Canada by Score Golf in 2008) The course was built in 1939 by Stanley Thompson, and has grown from the original 9 hole to the 18 hole par 72 course. It is hard to put into words the natural beauty of this course, but just imagine standing next to the crystal blue ocean, protected by lush green mountains with the breeze of salt air rushing into your lungs, this is Highland Links! Glenghorm Beach Resort offers a great one night golf package.
If you have never golfed Highland Links, be sure to check out this flyover video to treat your eyes to pure delight and check out what you are missing!
Next on my list is the Bell Bay Golf Club.located in the picturesque village of Baddeck. It allows us to golf and enjoy the pristine panoramic views of the Bras d’Or Lake, and the Bell Estate, Beinnn Bhreagh.
Bell Bay has a unique design of four distinct teeing areas for each hole to provide challenging and enjoyable golf for all skill levels.
Baddeck offers unique restaurants and cafes, historic and cultural attractions and a phenomenal wharf and board walk area. One restaurant that I always like to visit is the Lakeside Restaurant located at the Inverary Resort. Their ideal waterside location offers both indoor and outdoor casual dining in season. The recreation centre offers an opportunity to get out on the lake for the entire family. They rent kayaks, canoes etc. If you are interested in checking out both the Inverary and the Bell Bay Golf Club, they are running hot deals!
Last but not least by any means, is the Dundee Resort and Golf Club located in the secluded village of Dundee in Cape Breton. Dundee is one of Cape Breton Islands best-kept secrets. This secluded full service resort is located on 550 pristine acres overlooking the west end of the Bras d’Or Lake. The golf course has some of the most fantastic views on the island. If golf is not in your vacation plans do not be deceived. The resort offers a huge amount of water sport activities, indoor/outdoor pools, tennis, a children’s playground and a children’s’ recreation program in July and August. So what’s not to love about this location? Don’t forget McRae’s Dining Room or the grill at the clubhouse during your visit… Dundee Resort is also running current specials that I have noticed in local newspapers including this one that will make you want to dust of those clubs and get out on the course! Dundee Specials
So If you love to get out in the fresh air, have social time with friends, enjoy breathtaking scenery, good times over live music and cold drinks, I guess I’ll meet you at one of these 3 premium golf courses … The question is when are you coming?