Nova Scotia

One of three maritime provinces in Canada, Nova Scotia lies to the east of the country where it’s 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. Although named “New Scotland,” the province was actually first colonised by the French in 1605 when they formed one of the first European settlements in North America at Port Royal.

Competitive amateur golf events have been played at provincial level in Nova Scotia since the late 1920s (early 1930s for women) and the modern day Nova Scotia Golf Association organises more than a dozen annual competitions for members who play at sixty-four golf clubs, from Highlands Links in the north east to River Hills in the south west.

Architect Graham Cooke is responsible for a couple of top class contemporary layouts in Nova Scotia; the first of these can be found at Glen Arbour, near Halifax and the second lies within the Fox Harb’r golf resort and spa on the Northumberland coast.

“Best in Province” billing was once reserved for the classic old Highlands Links layout at Ingonish Beach, a Stanley Thompson track which Ian Andrew restored in 2012. However, the new golfing kids on the Nova Scotia block, Cabot Links, (opened in 2012) and Cabot Cliffs (unveiled in 2015) have now pushed the Old Lady into third spot.


Top 100 Golf Courses - Nova Scotia

Cabot Cliffs

1st Nova Scotia - Best in Area

Situated half a mile away from Cabot Links, the Cliffs golf course occupies a more diverse landscape than its predecessor, sitting atop the bluffs that overlook the Gulf of St Lawrence...

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Cabot Links

2nd Nova Scotia - Best in Area

Cabot Links is located just outside the small town of Inverness on the rugged west coast of Cape Breton Island and these fairways, overlooking the Gulf of St Lawrence, comprise Canada’s first genuine links layout.

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Highlands Links

3rd Nova Scotia - Best in Area

Highlands Links golf course is set in one of Canada’s most gorgeous spots and this is where golf and Mother Nature join together in sweet harmony...

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Fox Harb'r

4th Nova Scotia - Best in Area

Fox Harb’r is one of the most exclusive golf resort destinations in North America. It may lack a couple of vowels in its name, but nothing else...

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Links at Brunello

5th Nova Scotia - Best in Area

The Links at Brunello was set out by Tom McBroom and opened for play in 2015, the layout is carpeted in bent grass from tee to green, with large, “bull nose” bunkers – a recent McBroom design trait ...

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Lakes - Cape Breton

6th Nova Scotia - Best in Area

The course at the Lakes Golf Club overlooks the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes in Cape Breton where Graham Cooke set out the fairways in two distinct loops of nine.

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Glen Arbour

7th Nova Scotia - Best in Area

The Annapolis property development company operates the Glen Arbour golf course on a site close to the city of Halifax that was once owned by the Jodrey family...

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Ashburn (Old)

8th Nova Scotia - Best in Area

Designed by Stanley Thompson, the 18 holes of Ashburn Golf Club’s Old course were fully operational by the end of 1925, three years after the club was formed.

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Digby Pines

9th Nova Scotia - Best in Area

Overlooking the Annapolis Basin, the modern day 18-hole layout at Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa started out as the New Pines Hotel Golf Course, designed by Stanley Thompson in the late 1920s for the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Antigonish

10th Nova Scotia - Best in Area

The town of Antigonish is proud of its Scottish roots – hosting an annual Highland Games since 1863 – so it should be no surprise to learn that Antigonish Golf and Country Club runs a kilted golf event as part of these Caledonian festivities.