In 1964, a 9-hole course was established at Pugwash by a few committed local golfers. The provincial government then took on the responsibility of refurbishing the layout and expanding it into a full 18-hole track in the late 1980s, before returning ownership of Northumberland Links to the members in 2001.
Today’s picturesque course offers a rich mix of links-like fairways that sit directly on the Northumberland Strait and tree-lined inland holes which allow occasional glimpses of the sparkling waters nearby.The 195-yard 4th is regarded as the signature hole on the scorecard, set out along the coastline of the strait. It calls for an heroic tee shot to hit and hold the green as the Atlantic Ocean sits ominously at the foot of a steep slope to the left, awaiting all careless golf ball sacrifices to Neptune.
Beautiful location and layout. The Par 3 by the sea (now the 13th, formerly the 4th before the club reversed the front and back 9) is memorable. The course benefits from above average conditioning. Greens are very fast and firm but true and consistent. You need a delicate putting touch and proper reading. Similarly approach shots need to be just right to hold the green. For the mid-handicapper like me who get much height or spin it was far more successful to land short and roll up onto the green in current hard dry conditions. The green fringes were short and very puttable. It was playing quite linksy in that regard. If you drive the ball 240+ you might be putting driver away on several holes to take a safer but longer line. Makes it interesting.
The three members (all three also volunteers at this member owned club) who I was paired with were very friendly and helpful with aiming points, though in most cases an unguided visitor could do just fine.
Northumberland Links is a nice course. I was camping near by and was surprised to come across this little gem. The conditioning is good and there are some great golf holes here. It is a little remote though and difficult to combine with a rotation of others. Not many are as adventurous in their travels to get here. It's worth some effort though.
This course is nice, the greens are of excellent quality, and there are some nice oceanside holes. It is also very budget friendly, another big bonus. Other than that, I truly did not enjoy it. The design is among the worst I have played. The greens are small, rock hard, lightning fast, and designed to reject approach shots. Never have I ever been confronted with more shots that I knew were near-impossible to execute. The club tries to execute a links style course setup on a layout that is not conducive to it. The result is a course that plays unfair to the average golfer.