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 reserved for the classic old Highlands Links layout at Ingonish Beach, a Stanley Thompson track that was restored by accomplished architect Ian Andrew in 2012. However, the new kid on the Nova Scotian block, Cabot Links, opened in 2012 pushing Highlands Links into 2nd spot. The sibling Cabot Cliffs was unveiled in 2015 to critical acclaim, so there's now an even more compelling reason to visit New Scotland.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Nova Scotia

Cabot Links

1st 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

2nd 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

3rd 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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Glen Arbour

4th 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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Bell Bay

5th Nova Scotia - Best in Area

The scenic Thomas McBroom-designed course at Bell Bay Golf Club sits outside the lovely village of Baddeck in Cape Breton, offering golfers spectacular views across the shimmering Bras d'Or Lake...

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Ashburn (New)

6th Nova Scotia - Best in Area

The New course at Ashburn Golf Club is located 17 miles north of Stanley Thompson’s Old course and it’s here in 1970 that Geoff Cornish set out the fairways on a generous 600-acre rolling property next to Kinsac Lake.

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Ashburn (Old)

7th 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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Lakes - Cape Breton

8th 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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Northumberland Links

9th Nova Scotia - Best in Area

Overlooking the Northumberland Strait, the course at Northumberland Links Golf Club was extended to a full 18-hole layout by the provincial government in the late 1980s.

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Truro

10th Nova Scotia - Best in Area

Golf has been played at Truro Golf Club for over a century. In 1930, Stanley Thompson upgraded the club’s original 9-hole course but it took until 1987 until the layout was extended to eighteen holes.

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