Your golf reporter recently returned from a travel swing through Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, where he discovered four fascinating courses that are smile makers and heart takers.
This is the first of four in a series of what Ottawa-area players can look forward to when they book a trip east through Golf Cape Breton:
The Lakes Golf Club at Ben Eoin rolled onto the scene in 2010 when accomplished course architect Graham Cooke showed once again that he and Mother Nature have a great working relationship.
The layout works its way in and out of three plateaus on a hillside overlooking the magnificent Bras d’Or Lakes, which have been tagged as Canada’s Inland Sea.
It will take a golfer an extra moment to settle in over shots as he or she takes in the remarkable views and then sizes up how to strike the ball toward the many elevation changes and into or through the beguiling breezes.
The landscape is truly spectacular with its awesome vistas of the Bras D’Or Lakes and has brooks meandering throughout the course.
While most players will no doubt remember the stunning panorama from the elevated tee at No. 6, each hole is a beauty in its own right.
The five-star track plays fair for all golfers by offering the choice of five sets of tee-markers to hit from and is the ultimate experience for target players due to the liberal landing areas and large putting surfaces.
The Lakes Golf Club plays to par of 72 and measures 6,904-yards from the tips. The championship layout features lush bentgrass tees, fairways and greens.
Its full-service clubhouse takes care of all needs at the pro shop, locker rooms and the bar and grill with open air patio are ideal spots for enjoying refreshing beverages and Maritime cuisine. Yes, that means some of the best seafood to be savoured anywhere.
A golf getaway to The Lakes Golf Club also involves the opportunity for visitors to experience the laid-back culture, warm hospitality and East Coast music that combine to create lifetime memories and plans to return in the not-too-distant future.
We stayed at the course’s five-star neighbour, The Birches Country Inn, which has several stay-and-play packages, the services of a Red Seal chef and is a blink-of-an-eye cart ride from the course.
The two-storey cozy inn is owned by Lawrence and Barb MacPherson and includes 10 elegantly appointed rooms, two luxurious suites, deluxe continental breakfast, licensed dining room, outdoor hot tub, wireless Internet service and much more.
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