The Links at Crowbush Cove is an 18-hole public course situated on what was formerly “swampy campground” on the north coast of Prince Edward Island. Designed by the acclaimed Canadian golf course architect Thomas McBroom, the course was opened in 1993.
It is said that the true test of a new course is that it should look like it has always been there and the Links at Crowbush certainly blends in with its natural surroundings – so much so that it was awarded the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association award of Environmental Achievement in 2004 for its commitment to living with nature in an ecologically sensitive area.
The Links at Crowbush Cove was constructed on the unique red clay earth of Prince Edward Island and is routed through three distinct landforms; spruce woodlands, wetlands (which lend themselves to nine water holes on the course) and sand dunes which offer true links golfing opportunities, especially when the wind is up, which it usually is on the island.
The 565-yard, par five 11th, called "Sully's Run", is the favourite hole of many golfers who play here. From the elevated tee perched over 50 feet up in the dunes, the sandy coast is visible for miles to the east and the west at one of the prettiest places in the Maritimes. Once the drive is played, an area of marshland around 350 yards from the tee must then be carried en route to the slightly raised green.
There are four sets of tees on each hole to cater for all abilities, bent grass fairways are generally wide and rolling, greens are built to USGA standard and bunkers – some of them deep pot bunkers - contain high contrast, white sand.
Panoramic views come free when the green fee is paid so don’t forget to bring a camera!
Crowbush is far and above the best course on PEI. It is a true challenge, with fabulous undulating fairways, fair & true greens, amazing ocean views, and a mix of holes that makes for a really enjoyable day.
A course like this in the States would have greens fees of $250-350 US, but you can play this at peak time for about $125 CAD. It should be the centerpiece of your PEI Golf Trip, and I would recommend playing it twice while you're there, because it only gets better each time you play it.