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Top Golf Courses in Nova Scotia

top golf courses in nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s golfing scene is calling your name, and we’ve got the inside scoop on the top 10 golf courses in this picturesque province. Grab your clubs, because we’re about to dive deep into these courses, complete with all the nitty-gritty details you’ll want to know before teeing off.

1. Cabot Links Resort– Inverness, Cape Breton

Cabot Cliff, par 72, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, and Cabot Link, par 70, was designed by Rod Whitman are a golfer’s nirvana. Ranked #10 and # 39 in the world by Golf World Digest of Top 100 golf courses in the World. Ocean views on every hole will make you forget your scorecard, but don’t be fooled – this place is always buzzing. Securing a tee time can feel like winning the golfing lottery.

The Nest, a 10-hole course was finished in 2021 to round out this trifecta of a golfers dream as part of Cabot Links Resort, which offers award winning accommodation, exquisite dining and sand beaches.

Inverness, a charming coastal town nearby, is your golfing home away from home. With cozy pubs and welcoming locals, it’s the perfect spot to kick back after a day on the greens. Real estate is hot here, so be ready to join a waitlist for your slice of golf heaven.

 

 

CAbot Links

2. Highlands Links Golf Course – Ingonish Beach, Cape Breton

Stanley Thompson’s masterpiece, Highlands Links, is like playing through a National Geographic magazine. This par 18 Hole, Par 72 has rolling hills and greens that can be a bit tricky, so bring your A-game!

Built during the last years of the Great Depression as part of a federal “make work” project, Thompson carved this course out of dense forests, and dramatic coastline to create what became known as the “mountains & coastline” course.

Ingonish is a quaint coastal village and the gateway to Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Besides golf, you can explore stunning beach, hiking trails, wildlife, and more.

Highland Links

3. Fox Harb'r Golf Resort & Spa – Wallace, Northumberland Shore

Fox Harb’r is where luxury meets the links. 18 hole, Par 72, this Graham Cooke design offers postcard-worthy views of the Northumberland Strait. When you’re not perfecting your swing, indulge in the spa or dine at their upscale restaurant. Ranked 24th in Canada by Golf Course Gurus they go on to quote “With excellent conditioning, a friendly layout, and excellent back nine views…”

Wallace, a tranquil rural community, complements the resort’s ambiance perfectly. Traditionally a ship building and mining community, Wallace is also known for being the birthplace of WF Buckley of Buckley cough syrup fame. Jost Winery, one of Nova Scotia’s first wineries to make a mark, is in nearby Malagash.  If you’re considering real estate, this charming spot is worth a look.

 

 

Fox Harb'r Golf resort

4. Ashburn Golf Club (Old Course) – Halifax, NS

Ashburn Golf Course

The Old Course at Ashburn Golf Club is where Halifax’s elite tee off. Stanley Thompson’s design offers challenging play and skyline views. To become a member, be prepared for waitlists and rounds of golf with the club’s pros to prove your mettle.

A prestigious golf club with a rich history and an exceptional membership. Since 1922, this club has proudly borne the name “Ashburn,” but the love for the game of golf has been ingrained in the hearts of Halifax Golf & Country Club members since 1896.

With two captivating 18-hole golf courses, namely the Old Course and the New Course, complemented by comprehensive practice facilities, Ashburn rightfully claims its spot among Canada’s top-tier private golf clubs. Notably, Ashburn had the distinct honor of being the exclusive Canadian venue for the Web.com Tour in both 2014 and 2015, serving as the proud host of the Nova Scotia Open.

The Old Course, originally crafted by the legendary Stanley Thompson, is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Halifax. Despite its relatively shorter layout, the course boasts a challenging, tight design that rewards precision. What’s more, golfers can enjoy breathtaking views of the cityscape while relishing the club’s inviting clubhouse, which has become a popular hub for dining, family gatherings, banquets, weddings, and corporate events.

For those seeking a change of scenery and a more tranquil golfing experience, the New Course, which opened its fairways in 1970, awaits approximately 35 kilometers north of Halifax in the charming town of Fall River. Nestled alongside the picturesque Kinsac Lake, this championship course, artfully designed by Geoffrey Cornish, guarantees a formidable test of a golfer’s skills.

Ashburn stands out as a truly unique, vibrant, and inviting destination, setting itself apart as Eastern Canada’s sole private golf club. With its storied history, challenging courses, and picturesque settings, it’s no wonder that Ashburn continues to be a beloved haven for golf enthusiasts and a symbol of excellence in the world of golf in Canada. Check out my Communities page to learn more about Halifax.

5. Oakfield Golf & Country Club – Oakfield, Halifax

Oakfield Golf & Country Club is an exclusive lakeside gem. Private members enjoy well-manicured fairways and stunning Grand Lake views. If you’re itching to join, it’s all about connections and timing.

The club’s championship 18-hole golf course was officially incorporated under the Companies Act of Nova Scotia on August 25, 1961, following the sale of 340 acres of the Laurie Estate to the club. Construction of the course commenced shortly thereafter, and by June 1962, five holes were open for play.

In 2003, the course underwent a significant redesign led by the renowned architect, Graham Cooke.

Over the years, Oakfield Golf & Country Club has flourished, thanks to its dedicated and loyal members, and has hosted numerous events, including notable tournaments like the Canadian Amateur Tournament and Willingdon Cup Championship in 1971 and 1989, as well as the Mackenzie PGA Tour: HFX Pro-Am in 2019. Additionally, the club has been a frequent host of provincial championships, further solidifying its reputation as a respected and inclusive golfing institution.

 Oakfield is a serene lakeside community, perfect for those seeking a quiet retreat close to Halifax. Oakfield was established in the early 1800s by William Wentworth. Oakfield is known best for it’s proximity to Oakfield Provincial Park and its waterfront attractions such as Shubenacadie Canal and the Salt Marsh Trail

 

Oakfield golf and country Club

6. The Links at Penn Hills Golf Club – Shubenacadie, Truro

The Links at Penn Hills is an exclusive club known for its scenic beauty and challenging layout. It’s a tight-knit community, so membership might require knowing the right people or just a bit of patience. Just 15 minutes from the Halifax Airport, enjoy a balanced mix of woods and wide open terrain, and play along the Shubenacadie River with eagles soaring overhead.

Shubenacadie offers a small-town vibe and is a great place to immerse yourself in Nova Scotia’s rural charm. Approximate population of just over 400 people, it attracts many visitors due to the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park and Tidal Bore Rafting. Truro is minutes away for major shopping and services.

Course map for Links at Penn Hills

7. Chester Golf Club, Chester Nova Scotia

The Chester Golf Club, with its proud history dating back to 1914 when it was a modest 9-hole course, has evolved into a popular 18-hole layout. Located uniquely on the southwest shore of Chandlers Cove, it offers breathtaking ocean views, a panoramic vista of Chester Harbour, surrounding islands, and the vast ocean expanses. The course’s design ensures that each hole presents a distinct challenge, making this par 70 course suitable for golfers of all skill levels.

For many years, the Chester Golf Club has been a cornerstone of its community, serving its members, their families, and guests. It has also played a vital role in boosting the local economy and promoting tourism on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, earning a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest courses in the province.

The club not only brings together members, residents, and visitors for golf but also offers a renowned dining experience in its Clubhouse, making it a sought-after destination on the South Shore. Whether enjoying a meal after a round of golf or dining in the Clubhouse, patrons consistently rave about the excellent dining experience and friendly service.

The Chester Golf Club provides visitors with the enchantment of a classic golf course set against a picturesque seaside backdrop. Its course layout offers a challenging yet enjoyable golfing adventure suitable for golfers aiming to break one hundred twenty or those aiming for par seventy. The stunning Atlantic Ocean, the islands, and colorful sailboats on the horizon can be delightfully distracting, leading to the occasional missed shot.

Nestled along the picturesque shores of Mahone Bay, Chester, Nova Scotia, offers a lifestyle brimming with a delightful array of activities and a close-knit community spirit. Living in or around this charming village means having easy access to a wealth of recreational opportunities, from sailing in the azure waters of the bay to a lively theatre and arts scene.

The prestigious Chester Race Week brings yachtmen from around the world to compete in some of the best sailing waters north of Nantucket. 

8. Ken Wo Golf Club, Annapolis Valley, NS

KenWo Golf Club stands as one of the oldest and most esteemed clubs in Nova Scotia, featuring an engaging 18-hole layout that spans over 6,300 yards. In recent times, the club’s recognition has been elevated by hosting the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, underscoring its status as a challenging golf course that attracts top talent.

Every season, KenWo is the proud host of the annual Apple Blossom Invitational in May, a tournament that draws some of the province’s most accomplished male amateur golfers. The club boasts a course rating of 69.9 and a slope of 127 from the Blue tees, offering golfers an exciting challenge.

In addition to its impressive course, KenWo Golf Club offers a fully stocked Pro Shop, three practice putting and chipping greens, a driving range, and convenient amenities such as power cart and club rentals. For a memorable golfing experience in the heart of the Annapolis Valley,

New Minas and its surrounding areas of Kentville, Canning and Wolfville offer a plethora of recreational and cultural experiences throughout the year.

During the summer, you can take full advantage of the great outdoors by indulging in a refreshing swim at Aylesford Lake Beach, Kingsport Beach along with splash pads for the kids. A rails to trails  system runs the length of the valley from Grand Pre to Annapolis Royal range of skill level hiking trails including Cape Split.

Nestled between rolling hills known as North and South mountain, the valley floor is a vibrant tapestry of patchwork farm fields, apple orchards and vineyards.

Major employers are Acadia University in Wolfville and the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, or with a short commute to 14 Wing Greenwood or Halifax.

9. The Links at Brunello, Timberlea

The Links at Brunello, nestled in the charming community of Timberlea, Nova Scotia, is an exquisite golfing destination that effortlessly blends natural beauty with a challenging and meticulously designed golf course. Surrounded by lush greenery, this course is a haven for golf enthusiasts seeking both a serene setting and an exceptional golfing experience.

With meticulously manicured fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and stunning water features, the Links at Brunello offers golfers of all skill levels an opportunity to test their prowess on its pristine 18-hole layout.

Beyond the golf course, Timberlea itself is a highly desirable place to live, offering a perfect blend of scenic tranquility and urban convenience. The community is characterized by its picturesque landscapes, including serene lakes and wooded areas, making it an ideal setting for those who appreciate the beauty of nature.

The close-knit neighborhood exudes a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, with easy access to modern amenities, shopping centers, dining options, and excellent schools. Timberlea’s proximity to downtown Halifax, just a short drive away, allows residents to enjoy the vibrant city life while returning home to the peaceful oasis that is the Links at Brunello. Living in Timberlea means having the best of both worlds—a golf lover’s paradise and a delightful place to call home.

Brunello Clubhouse

Timberlea offers abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, including the Beechville Lakeville Timberlea (BLT) Rails to Trails Association’s conversion of the old Halifax and Southwestern Railway bed into a 13-kilometer ATV/cycling/hiking rail trail.

This trail connects with a similar 32-kilometer stretch maintained by the St. Margaret’s Bay organization. Additionally, the Bluff Trail, a 30-kilometer network of non-motorized wilderness trails, branches off the BLT Trail at Cranberry Lake, providing a serene natural escape.

Residents can also enjoy swimming at Governor’s Lake and access a range of sports facilities, including basketball, tennis courts, and playgrounds. Despite the community’s transition to a suburban setting, Timberlea maintains its charm and continues to offer a wealth of amenities and recreational options for its residents.

10. Glen Arbour Golf Club, Hammonds Plains

Glen Arbour Golf Club offers a diverse range of experiences for all, from its renowned Championship Golf Course to exciting opportunities for guests. This iconic course has seen the likes of Wayne Gretzky and his esteemed friends, including Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull, and Mike Weir, gracing its fairways as far back as 2000. In 2005, it hosted the prestigious Canadian Ladies Open with Lori Kane and the LPGA. The year 2012 witnessed the World Skins game taking place, and in 2019, Golf Canada hosted the Canadian Men’s Amateur, attracting some of the world’s finest amateur golfers.

For those curious to sample the Glen Arbour experience, the Deerfield Executive Par 3 Course welcomes visitors to enjoy a taste of the golfing magic. Additionally, golf enthusiasts looking to embark on a global golfing journey can test their skills on our Golf Simulators. At Glen Arbour, there’s truly something for everyone, where the golfing legacy blends seamlessly with a world of golfing possibilities and experience. 

Glen Arbour Golf Club Entrance

The Glen Arbour Subdivision boasts numerous advantages for residents, including a sense of community with neighbors socializing and playing golf together. The subdivision features three picturesque lakes—Sandy Lake, Bottle Lake, and Beaver Lake—with some homes enjoying lakefront access or stunning views. The Deerfield Pub, with a sports bar and live music, adds to the social scene.

The community also offers excellent amenities such as playgrounds, basketball courts, Bocci, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, and a tennis and pickleball court at the subdivision’s front. Additionally, there’s a daycare and a small commercial plaza nearby, and it’s an easy commute to Halifax. 

The housing in Glen Arbour includes executive two-story, bungalow, and contemporary homes, with some having lakefront or golf course views.

With its appealing amenities and golfing opportunities, Glen Arbour is a sought-after community conveniently located just 10 kilometers from Bedford and 25 kilometers from Halifax.

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