Nova Scotia Golf Vacations

By Jim & Barbara Nicol

Nova Scotia is located on the coast of the Atlantic, providing breathtaking views for its 60 golf courses. Built by such notables as McBroom, Cooke and Thompson, Nova Scotia's courses vary from the traditional to the modern, with many Scottish links-style courses, offering something for everyone. Enjoy the unique charm, hospitality and abundant natural beauty Nova Scotia has to offer.

Here's a sample of the golf courses in Nova Scotia:

Bell Bay is located near the village of Baddeck on Cape Breton Island. Designed by Thomas McBroom, it was named Best New Canadian Golf Course in 1998 by Golf Digest. Watch out for the last 4 holes - a true challenge to golfers of all calibres.

Fox Harb'r has a unique design that combines Scottish links and traditional parkland golf. Surrounded by the beauty of Nova Scotia's Northumberland Strait, the greens pass by wetlands, forests, deep lakes and a wildlife sanctuary. You'll never forget the spectacular views of the sea offered by this course.

Graham Cooke designed the Glen Arbour course around three sparkling freshwater lakes. The course is a registrant of the Audubon Society and is therefore designed with careful consideration of the environment. This beautiful course is accessible to players of all levels with at least five tee options per hole.

Highland Links has been ranked 57th in the world and #1 in Canada by Golf magazine. Stanley Thompson designed this Scottish links-style course in 1939 in an area flanked by both the Cape Breton Highland Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. According to Golf Magazine, the course features "strategic natural holes and creativity around the greens".

Bill Robinson created the Scottish styling of Northumberland Links. Uniquely located on the Northumberland Strait, players can see 3 of the Atlantic Provinces and glimpse a view of the Atlantic Ocean from 16 of the 18 holes. Multiple tees make this course accessible to players of all levels.

Osprey Ridge was nominated for Golf Digest's "Best New Course in Canada" award in 1999. Combining Scottish links and traditional parkland golf, this Graham Cooke design boasts stunning panoramas and white silica sand.

The Pines by Stanley Thompson is rated by Golf Ranking magazine as a "Gold Medal" golf resort. Home to a number of tournaments over the years, this course has a number of striking natural features: it is surrounded by an evergreen forest and is designed around a winding brook. Damming the brook resulted in two renowned par-3 holes, including the signature second hole.