Discover Links Golf in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia, one Canada’s Maritime provinces on the Atlantic, consist of a peninsula and offshore islands.
It is surrounded by three major bodies of water–The Gulf of St. Lawrence to the north, the Bay of Funday to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the south and east–and is made up of 7 regions, each with its own unique landscapes and attractions.
When visiting Nova Scotia, plan to stay a while if you are a golf enthusiast. Nova Scotia’s World-Class Golf Courses attract golfers from around the world and they just keep coming back.
So, pick up your clubs and discover the seaside links, inland forest courses, countryside parklands, and historic urban fairways that make Nova Scotia a not-to-be-missed golfing experience.
Cape Brenton Island
Cape Breton Island Region occupies the northernmost part of Nova Scotia, about a fifth of the province’s total land mass, linked to the mainland by a short causeway. Home to the world-renown Cabot Trail, you will also find the best links golf in Canada–Highland Links and Cabot Links.
Considering that Cape Breton Island is the birthplace of golf in Nova Scotia, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some of the best golf courses in the province can be found on the island.
Cabot Cliffs is ranked 19th in the world by Golf Digest’s World Top 100, alongside its sister course, Cabot Links, has transformed Cape Breton Island into one of North America’s most noteworthy golf destinations.
Cabot Links the newest links course on Cape Breton and is already considered one of the world’s best.
Highland Links opened in 1941, is constantly ranked in the Top 10 Best Courses in Canada and in the Top 100 Best Courses in the World.
Bell Bay Golf Club a beautiful Thomas McBroom championship course sits high above the Bras d’Or Lakes, overlooking the bay.
The Lakes Golf Club offers dramatic elevation changes and spectacular views of the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes.
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley Region has its distinctive landscapes shaped by the highest tides in the world; its waters are home to 15 species of whales.
Go whale watching or walk on the ocean floor when the tide drops the height of a four-story building. It’s like nowhere else on earth.
While visiting the Bay of Fundy and Annapolis Valley Region check out these amazing golf courses:
Digby Pines Golf Course at the Digby Pines Resort and Spa, is characterized by a winding brook that has been dammed to create two outstanding par 3 holes – one of which is the signature #2 hole. The par 5, #7 hole, is rated as one of the most difficult holes in Canada.
Eagle Crest Golf Course has been the host club of eight Nova Scotia Golf Association provincial tournaments. It’s also known for one of the longest golfing seasons in Atlantic Canada.
The Links at Penn Hills, a nine-hole course, and Riverrun Golf Club, rounds out the four courses you will find at Bay of Fundy and Annapolis Valley.
Eastern Shore Region
The Eastern Shore Region is home to Nova Scotia’s longest sand beach and has 100 coastal islands that have been largely undisturbed by humans for over 10,000 years. Golf courses for look for include:
Osprey Shores Golf Course is one of the most picturesque of Nova Scotia golf courses.
River Oaks Golf Club welcomes golfers of all levels
Halfax Metro, the capital of Nova Scotia, is known for its lively waterfront and Victorian-era Public Gardens, the star-shaped Citadel and host to the oldest running saltwater ferry service in North America, second oldest in the world, and the oldest continuously running farmers’ market in North America. You will find one golf course nearby, but many more a short distance away.
Glen Arbour Golf Course offers an exceptional golf experience just a short distance from Halifax.
Northern Cumberland Shore
Northumberland Shore region is known for its long sandy and warmest beaches in Atlantic Canada.
With more warm-water ocean beaches than anywhere else in Atlantic Canada, this shore is a beach bum’s paradise. Two golf course favorites are found in Northumberland Shores:
Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa is one of the most exclusive resort destinations in North America
Northumberland Links Northumberland Links has become a favorite destination for all who play.
South Shore Region
South Shore Region’s storied history tells of pirates and treasures. The privately-owned Oak island is one of the world’s most famous mysteries. Recently made popular by The History Channel’s mini-series, the Curse of Oak Island’s treasure hunt has spanned over 200 years.
Oak Island is believed by many to be hiding one of the greatest treasures in history. If “spooky” doesn’t thrill you, the following golf courses will provide excitement enough.
Bluenose Golf Club offers many great views that overlook the beautiful and historic UNESCO Town of Lunenburg.
Osprey Ridge Golf Club is an 18-hole championship course experience, offered at an exceptional value.
Sherwood Golf & Country Club With elevation drops and increases of 200+ feet, Sherwood offers views that only the South Shore of Nova Scotia can give.
White Point Golf Course is considered one of the most pleasurable and challenging courses on the South Shore.
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores region located on the southwestern most tip of Nova Scotia is a region of renowned communities with Acadian roots over 400 years old, and tiny villages that lie in the shadows of lofty churches such as the Musee Eglise Sainte-Marie, the largest wooden church in North America and the largest fishing fleet in Atlantic Canada.
Clare Golf & Country Club has hosted major provincial championships, including the Nova Scotia Junior Championships, both the Nova Scotia Men’s and Ladies Amateur, and the Nova Scotia Men’s Mid-Amateur.
West Pubnico Golf & Country Club is for all types of golfers and will provide you with a challenging game of golf, played among tree-line fairways.
Yarmouth Links course offers panoramic views of the local lighthouse and ocean. The rolling fairways, small lightning fast greens an unpredictable ocean breezes all combine to provide a true challenge for any golfer.
From Canada’s first true links course at Cabot Links and its sister course, Cabot Cliffs to the modern seacoast layout at Fox Harb ‘r Golf Resort & Spa, Nova Scotia is welcoming the world to discover the exceptional golf experiences awaiting golfers of all levels.