Home » RCGS Resolute: Canada’s East Coast Golf Expedition
Canada’s East Coast Maritime provinces are home to some of the finest golf courses in North America. Golfers from around the world are drawn by the superb challenges offered and the magnificent coastal settings. Exposed to the elements, these championship layouts provide a great test for golfers of all skill levels. On this outstanding new voyage we blend a unique cruise experience, full of wildlife encounters, visits to colourful coastal villages plus exciting off-ship excursions, while providing easy access to several of Canada’s most spectacular golfing locations.
Duration: 8 Days
Our adventure begins in the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, where we board our expedition vessel, the RCGS Resolute. First visited in 1597 by the English, the town was fortified in 1713 by the French in recognition of its strategic maritime location. During the 18th century, Louisbourg was the third busiest seaport in North America.
Overnight we have sailed around the northern most point of Cape Breton and by morning we are anchored off the broad sand beach at Inverness, a small hamlet situated on Nova Scotia’s west coast. Excitement levels are high as we load into the zodiacs for the trip ashore with our golf bags. Cabot Links has long featured on the list of North America’s top golf courses. This classic, coastal layout is considered by many to be the finest links course outside of Scotland – the spiritual home of golf. Exposed to the winds of the Gulf of St Lawrence, the expansive layout presents a superb challenge for players of all abilities.
Every hole offers an ocean view and it is impossible to not feel connected with the landscape. Six holes are located directly adjacent to the white sand beaches and rolling dunes. At the end of the round, we may choose to enjoy a refreshment in the clubhouse. Others might like to return to the ship for a soak in the hot tub, a relaxing sauna or massage.
Completed in 2016, the new 18 hole layout at Cabot Cliffs was added to the adjacent Cabot Links course. Combined, this 36-hole complex has been rated in the top 20 golf course destinations in the world. Co-designer of the course, Ben Crenshaw claimed this “was probably the finest location for
any course” he had ever helped design. From tee to green, the dramatic par 3, 16th is the signature hole on the course, playing from one cliff edge to another with a 100ft drop to the pounding waves below. The green is surrounded on three sides by cliffs.
It is quite possibly one of the most scenic golf holes in the world. Like the famous par 5 closing hole at Pebble Beach, the 18th at Cabot Cliffs plays along the coastline the entire length from tee to green. Couches and chairs rest behind the green where spectators can enjoy a drink, the view, and watch fellow players finish their round. Spirits are high as we return to the ship and head for the '19th hole' for a pre-dinner beverage to celebrate two fantastic golf days. This evening we weigh anchor and head for our next destination.
Sculpted out of sandstone, these islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are home to unique fishing communities with beautifully maintained waterfront houses and boats, flowing grassy plains and sandstone shorelines sculpted by the elements. Quebecois and Acadian culture runs strongly through the towns and villages of the islands, through local cuisine, craft and language.
Having enjoyed several rounds of golf on truly challenging layouts, today we enjoy the opportunity to play the simple nine hole course at L‘Etang-du-Nord. This is the only golf course on the island and offers beautiful coastal views. If you feel the need for a day away from the fairways, the island’s gentle terrain is a cyclist’s paradise. Sea kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding on calm waters, through sea arches and into sandstone sea caves is superb experience. Perhaps you may choose to enjoy a whale-watching cruise in the zodiacs or head to the beach to soak up some sun and relax.
Overnight we have sailed south from the Magdalen Islands to Prince Edward Island. This is a very historic location, where in September of 1864, representatives from the British Colonies in North America met in Charlottetown to discuss Canada's Confederation. On July 1st, 1867, the Dominion of Canada came into being. Situated on the north coast facing the Gulf of St Lawrence is the small fishing and agricultural centre of Morell.
Today we enjoy the challenge of another fabulous links-style course at Crowbush - a gorgeous championship layout which earned a 5-star rating by Golf Digest. This is undoubtedly the jewel in crown of Prince Edward Island’s renowned golf scene. Featuring deep pot bunkers, plenty of water hazards, knee deep rough in some locations and a constant sea breeze, this can be a tricky place to shoot a low score. Having completed your round, you will be welcomed back to the ship for a dinner
of fresh Atlantic seafood as we navigate north-east overnight, heading once again for Cape Breton.
By morning, we have returned to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. We anchor off the pretty hamlet of Ingonish – a cluster of five small communities on the famous Cabot Trail. Here lies one of the original golf courses in Cape Breton. Designed by the renowned architect Stanley Thompson, Highland Links was built in the 1930s as a 'golfing journey' of sorts, traversing through woods and on coastal land overlooking the ocean. The layout runs from a rocky promontory and is set entirely within the National Park and the 18 holes are completely isolated from each other. Flat lies are uncommon here and shot making will be tested. Cut from dense forest, the undulating terrain offers wonderful ocean glimpses and it is no surprise that Highland Links constantly ranks in Canada’s Top 10 best courses.
Returning to the ship after a incredible day’s play, we reflect on our exceptional days of golf on some of the most scenic courses in North America. As we weigh anchor at Ingonish and leave the coastal waters of Nova Scotia – there is one more highlight still to come.
Located on the edge of the Grand Banks, hundreds of kilometers from the coast, Sable Island has a storied history as a graveyard of ships, with more than 350 ships falling victim to the treacherous currents and sandbars. Sporadically inhabited by sealers, shipwreck survivors and salvagers, the island is now home to fewer than six year-round inhabitants, a herd of wild horses and one of the largest gray seal colonies in the world. It is an important stopover for numerous migratory bird species as they make their way to and from the High Arctic regions.
We sail back to Cape Breton, heading again for the historic port of Louisbourg. We will disembark in the morning and, while some of us will head to the airport, many will add a few extra days in Cape Breton to enjoy one of the gems of Canada’s East Coast.
Located on Deck 3, two single beds, sofa lounge (that can convert into an additional single bed), writing desk and chair, ample storage, private washroom facilities and flat screen entertainment system.
Located on Deck 4, two single beds or a queen bed, comfortable lounge adjacent to a large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage, private washroom facilities with shower and flat screen entertainment.
Located on Deck 5, two single beds or a queen bed, comfortable lounge adjacent to a large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage, private washroom facilities with shower and flat screen entertainment.
Located on Deck 5, two single beds or a queen bed, comfortable lounge, large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample floor to ceiling cabinet storage, private washroom facilities with shower and flat screen entertainment system.
Located on Deck 6, two single beds or queen bed, sectional lounge, writing desk, substantial floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, washroom facilities with shower, flat screen entertainment system, upgraded linens and pillows.
Situated on Deck 6, queen size bed, upgraded linens and pillows, comfortable sectional lounge with club chairs, large desk, expansive floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, spacious washroom facilities with shower and bathtub and flat screen entertainment system.
*Golf inclusions and features
**Expedition gear package
Should you choose to participate in any of the non-golfing activities, an equipment package is available to use when off the ship or on shore. This includes waterproof jacket, pants and other items. The jacket and pants are rated for 'expedition cruising' and would not be suitable when playing golf in inclement weather. We recommend you bring your own outer gear suitable for playing golf in adverse conditions.