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Golfing on Cape Breton Island

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Golfing on Cape Breton Island

We (husand and myself -- "active seniors") are traveling through the Northeast and Canada via rental car in late September/Early October 2010. After a week at a timeshare in Newry, Maine we will drive to Quebec City, through New Brunswick and on to Nova Scotia, back to Maine (east coast) and fly out of Boston, MA back to our Tucson, AZ home. Wondering if we should also go to PEI? We will have our golf clubs with us and also focus on beautiful scenery (hopefully Fall colors), easy day hikes and bike rides. Does anyone have any golf experiences on Cape Breton (or anywhere else along our route) during this time of year that they can share with us? We are average golfers -- more into the scenery and spending time together (43 years of marriage) than low scores! Also, any other itinerary/lodging ideas along our route would be helpful. We like to go light and casual and are not pressed for time -- looking at about 3 weeks total. Thanks

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1. Re: Golfing on Cape Breton Island

Nova Scotia has a great number of golfing courses from which to choose & they are located in all areas of our province. Check www.golfnovascotia.com. Also, early in 2010, look at www.novascotia.com to order both the Nova Scotia Doers' & Dreamers' Guide for 2010 & the accompanying N.S. Golf Guide. The Doers' & Dreamers' will also have the complete listings of all quality approved accommodations from B&Bs to larger hotels.

For many Nova Scotians, Autumn is their favourite time of the year to golf as the humidity is gone & the season's colours are wonderful.

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2. Re: Golfing on Cape Breton Island

And the bugs.

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The one place you do want to golf in NS is at the Highland Links at the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish on Cape Breton Island. It is very highly rated. It's been there for a long time but is very well maintained. Basically, every hole has a view of the ocean or is alongside the ocean. Late September is great timing , even this week, with the fall colours, was too. After mid September , you may have some wind and rain,so prepare accordingly. Accommodations in Ingonish is all about 'how much do i want to pay?" The full range is there. Regardless , do plan to have at least one evening meal at the Keltic . They are great , you enjoy a nice old "resort" dining room, ocean views, top notch service, and the prices are quite reasonable. The manager of the resort this year , a lady named Angie, was very visible talking to guests an even helping serve. Her staff are really good at anticipating!!!

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My husband says that you will NOT be disappointed by Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck Cape Breton. The views for Bell Bay and the Highland Links are AMAZING. With the fall colours all around and the water/ocean it is just an excellent backdrop. DO visit one or both of these courses. Google for more information.

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Thank you mucho (as they say down here) for your tips and quick replies.

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When you have an idea of the "places' you are aiming for, maybe send a note here or send a PM and we'll help you smooth out your trip. The key to Cape Breton is that the Cabot Trail is one big loop, no short cuts , but the rest of the Island is easy to travel around and there are "back roads" that can make a real difference and for the sake of 1/2 a day , give you locations that most tourists just never see. We had a couple from Tuscon stay with us for maybe 5 years and they came for the Celtic Music.

You can do a loop actually, golf in Cheticamp, Ingonish and Baddeck . If you stay a day in each , great. Accommodations, quite varied, all prices; Dining , very good. ,

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