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Life is all about coincidences, and this trip began on a day when I didn’t even know that Prince Edward Island existed! It began back in 2017, when I was asked to play at my home club – Golf Montanyà – with a girl named Tiffany. She was Australian born and had settled in Prince Edward Island, but the time, she’d been travelling around the globe, writing about golf and cuisine. She was so passionate about PEI as a golfing destination, that her enthusiasm was contagious. It was in that moment I decided that I had to learn something more about it and maybe plan a trip of my own!

Part 2 – Now if you are a Golfaholic like me, you probably like to play 36 holes in a day, taking into account that you have another good course waiting…

Brudenell River Golf Course

The beautiful Brudenell - Prince Edward Island
The beautiful Brudenell (credit to Guillem)

Brudenell River Golf Course is older than Dundarave. Designed in the late 1960s, it is a classical type course with a particular configuration of 6-6-6 (pars 3-4-5).

It’s a course to enjoy, with wide fairways, not very large greens and classic style bunkering. Not a long course at 6542yd from back tees, 6047yd from men’s and 5052 from ladies. Only some water hazards to ruin your score.

The iconic hole should probably be the 10th par 3 141yd from back tees, you play from the tee all over the water straight to the green.

The Bronze Medal

Fantastic surroundings at Mill River - Prince Edward Island
Fantastic surroundings at Mill River

Mill River Golf Club is the other of the big names on the island and it used to be a member of  PEI’s finest golf (now only the previous courses I have explained).

Mill River is the only course you’ll find in the western part of the island. Because of that it is quite far from everything else, but the journey is definitely worth it.

Excellent maintenance of the course with a lot of dogleg holes in both directions. Lakes and streams on several holes also make the playing strategy interesting. 

This is certainly the case in hole 7, named ‘Hunter’s Spring’. A par 4, 419yd from the tips and 379yd from yellow, where you have two different fairway sections left and right of a water hazard. You’ll want to choose a safer tee shot to the right side, however you will then will face a much tougher second shot with a middle to long iron to an elevated green.

Hole 18 ‘Graham & Robbie’ par 4, 405yd from the black tees is also a memorable one. With a huge amount of bunkers on the left side of the fairway and a second shot with water in front and the hotel-clubhouse at the back.

Tough choice at Mill River 7th - Prince Edward Island
Tough choice at Mill River 7th

Hidden Gem

Green Gables Golf Club was great and a nice surprise for me. The 1939 Stanley Thompson design, later remodeled by Thomas Mcbroom in the 1980s has a feel of the famous Harry Colt. This one was (at least to me) one of those courses from which I expected nothing before going out and then having one of my best golfing days, enjoying it fully. Another classical layout into a forest with wide fairways at the beginning, that afterwards turns into more opened holes when you cross the road and start playing towards the sea. The loop of holes I liked the most was 13th to 17th and also the 18th par 5 returning to the clubhouse.

View towards the sea at Green Gables
View towards the sea at Green Gables

Best 19th Hole 

Glasgow Hills Golf Resort as the name states, is set in an undulating terrain in an extraordinary setting and that’s rewarded by offering stunning panoramic views. You had better rent a buggy here as it will be way more comfortable and relaxed. The course is really good and you’ll enjoy it a lot, especially if you like these kind of shots that are severely down or uphill. An extra difficulty is to get the right numbers of yardage.

View back to the clubhouse - Prince Edward Island
View back to the magnificent clubhouse

However, the big surprise comes after the round. In the bar at the clubhouse, you’ll find complimentary mussels to eat all you want, and I must say that they were one of the best I’d had on the trip. This was really the best way to finish a round alongside a chat with your partners.

Complimentary mussels in the clubhouse…not too shabby!

Other Courses

There were still 4 more courses that I managed to play:

Stanhope Golf Club – the most friendly partners I found in the whole trip and probably the most “familiar” atmosphere. A mainly flat course with several beautiful holes by the water, also some tricky blind shots. I had a really good time there, and overall that is the most important.

Eagles Glenn of Cavendish – all 18 holes at Eagles Glenn are actually named after the original 18 Scottish families to settle in Cavendish. At the top of a hill with great views, set in a pine forest, you’ll find a really challenging course.

Eagles Glenn of Cavendish - Prince Edward Island
Eagles Glenn of Cavendish

Fox Meadow Golf & Country Club – located just minutes from historic downtown Charlottetown, is a great course to play on the same day you want to visit PEI’s capital. Wide fairways with some tricky greens, well maintained. A great option if you just want to have fun and not look for hard challenging courses.

Red Sands Golf Club – I have a special affection for course because it was the first thing I saw every morning as I woke up. Situated just a wedge shot away from the house I stayed at.  It is a 9-hole course set in a very undulated landscape. Not long, but interesting and somehow really challenging. It looks easy, but can turn complicated if you are in the wrong position. Small greens that demand accurate shots. A good test!

What to Do off the Course?

The humble landscape of Prince Edward Island
The humble landscape of Prince Edward Island

When in Prince Edward Island, I discovered that apart from golf, the land was a paradise to me. And all because it is just what it is, they don’t pretend to be anything else. Small villages with scattered houses here and there, small fisher harbours and lovely panoramic views to admire the beautiful landscape full of fields or meadows. And the typical red sanded cliffs when in the shoreside.

I divided the island in 3 to visit it according to the 3 main coastal drives you’ll find. In those days, I decided to do a tour searching for the beautiful  lighthouses that they have, like the ones you can see here…

Lighthouses of PEI
Lighthouses of PEI

During that tour I also discovered the most unique and different mailboxes I’ve ever seen.

Some pretty interesting mailboxes
Some pretty interesting mailboxes

Another place that attracted me since I first seen it in pictures, were the red rocks by the sea at Thunder Cove Beach. And the strange stone constructions in North Cape, left there by the visitors.

Finally, you must certainly keep at least one day to visit Charlottetown, the capital city and walk the harbour, Victoria Row and the city centre. 

The red rocks at Thunder Cove Beach
The red rocks at Thunder Cove Beach

Places to Eat

In the morning before entering the city I went to the Farmer’s Market and filled the pantry with high quality products. It is also a good place just to visit and have a bite for breakfast.

In the gastronomic aspect there is one main product: Lobster! In all its varieties, such as boiled (most typical), lobster roll (perfect as a snack). But you’ll find a huge variety of local seafood with mussels, oysters, clams, scallops, seafood chowder…

I would recommend 3 places to go: 

Blue Mussel Café in North Rustico. Maybe the best seafood pasta I’ve ever tasted with scallops, bacon black pepper!

Lobster On The Wharf, if you’re in Charlottetown and want to have good seafood by the harbour. Excellent.

Fisherman’s Wharf Lobster Suppers is a huge buffet of starters and desserts combined with a main course of your choice. I went there a couple of times.

And in that way the trip comes to its end.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is really a golfer’s paradise, but is much more than that. It’s a place where you must have no hurry, just be there, breathe deeply and enjoy simplicity of life. Something that is sometimes difficult to remember and even harder to putt it in practice.

If it wasn’t so far away from home, I would rent a vacation house there, I’m sure. That would be my preferred retreat or “secret” place.

Probably the saddest day of all my trips was the day I had to leave PEI to go back home. But something of mine was left there, and I took a bit of it in my heart back home.

*All photos above are credited to Guillem.

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