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.
I would have to wholeheartedly agree with you. I am a resident of PEI, and have only picked up the sport seriously over the last 2 seasons. However, I have worked on my game on a daily basis, all year round (using simulators, putting, and studying the game during the winter) and have taken my game from not even having a HDCP, shooting over 100 on some of the easiest courses to be found, to having a 10.3 at the moment, with a low index of 6.1, and at the age of 32, being such an older newcomer to the game,
I still feel my game is only going to continue to improve over the next 20-25 years. I have actually just been offered my first job in the industry, which so happens to be at Crowbush. Being a future employee, and a huge fan of how the Island Government has created “PEI’s Finest Golf, which combines Crowbush, Dundarave, and Brudenell River Golf Course (3 of the finest, if not definitely the top 3 courses on the Island from characteristics such as quality of the course itself, entire facility amenities, beautification, customer service, as well as many other factors). However, out of the 3, Brudenell would be my hands down favourite. Not only does it have the qualities of the other courses, but the average golfer can play the course without wanting to walk off after 9 feeling so discouraged with a score at least above 50. As I stated above, I would not speak negatively towards Crowbush, or Dundarave for that matter, but the above comment holds a lot of truths about “The Links at Crowbush Cove. Starting out the first 4-5 holes, you are surrounded by trees, making for very tight, zig-zag fairways, where anything but a straight and well struck ball, hitting your desired distance, there is no room for error. You will be in the long grass without a doubt (and it is LONG) and with any slice or hook to your tee shot, you may as well pack for 2 balls per hole. The approach shots on these holes lead into an apron that narrows even further to the point where it is no more than a maximum of ten yards wide, 95% uphill, onto a green that is guaranteed to be multi-shelved and leave you with a pin placement that is going to have significant contours on top of the elevation differences. I played most of this season as a single HDCP, but only played Crowbush twice, as I am not a long ball player, so needing to use a driver off most tees left me with no room for error at all (playing with people I just met, I am guaranteed to take 5-6 holes to get comfortable), leaving me completely frustrated playing dbl bogey golf the only time this season. We all know what frustration on the first few holes leads to for the rest of your round. The natural surroundings of the course from the way it is designed leaves you feeling like you are playing at least 2, if not 3 different style/terrain type courses. So for the few holes with more open fairways finishing the front, you are adapting your game to a different style of play all of a sudden, and the next thing you know, you are playing a back nine with holes directly parallel to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the high winds and whipping sand it brings with it. Do not misunderstand my opinions. Crowbush is a beautiful course, with some of the most scenic holes in all of golf and is beyond beautifully maintained with a staff that make you feel like a professional from the moment you pull into the course. That being said, I would advise that this course be left off your PEI’s Finest Golf list, unless you are a low HDCP, looking for a beautiful, challenging course. For those of you looking for the same experience and beauty, but don’t have that high of skill level, I would recommend Brudenell, with 6 of each of the Par holes 3/4/5, it is well balanced, and much more forgiving. Long ball hitters may also be well suited for Dundarave. However, there is no wrong choice when choosing to come play PEI’s Finest Golf, as not only will you enjoy some of the most beautiful courses in all of Canada, you will be treated like royalty, with the option to stay at either locations luxurious resort setting, with other recreation offerings, and a full scale offering that you would find at any other high star resort. If you are looking for a golf vacation, and don’t want to break the bank. You cannot go wrong with choosing one of the multiple different options that PEIs finest Golf offers.