Escape Routes

  • Downhome Magazine
  • Posted: Aug 17, 2009 3:13 PM
The beautiful Brookside Golf Course in Hatchet Cove, Trinity Bay

As summer winds down and tourism operations close up after a busy season, you may be wondering what activities there are to do on the weekends or during a shoulder-season holiday. Have you tried hitting the local links? Golfing is enjoyable, challenging and perfect for the cool fall weather. On the Burin and Bonavista peninsulas you will find first-rate golf clubs and resorts, so you can get in a few more rounds - or try a new sport - before the first snow falls.

Brookside Golf Course
9 holes
Nestled within beautiful Hatchet Cove, Trinity Bay, family-run Brookside Golf Course offers a challenging nine-hole round of golf with contoured fairways and gorgeous surroundings to boot. After you have played a round or two, kick up your feet and relax with a cold beverage at Brookside's cozy clubhouse. When you're ready to get away from the green, take a stroll along the beach and waters of Southwest Arm, or take a picnic lunch to one of the area's abandoned communities or sheltered coves. You will find Brookside along Route 205, 17 km east of Clarenville and 11 km off the Trans Canada Highway.

GrandeImage Meadows Golf Club
9 holes
Located next to Frenchman's Cove Provincial Park, on the west side of the Burin Peninsula on Route 213, Grande Meadows Golf Club has something for everyone, from the avid golfer to the eager amateur. Built along a peninsula of level land bordering the Great Garnish Barasway, the course is fun and challenging. For those that need a little more practice before teeing off, Grand Meadows has a large driving range, practice sand bunker and green that offers group and individual instruction. If you're in need of golfing gear, check out the Pro Shop. After you've worked up an appetite visit the clubhouse, which includes Mulligan's Restaurant and a lounge that can accommodate groups of up to 80 people. The park also offers swimming, a picnic area and a playground.

TerraImage Nova Resort
18 holes + 9 holes
Boasting the award-winning 18-hole Twin Rivers golf course and 9-hole Eagle Creek, Terra Nova Resort in Port Blandford offers an experience for golfers of all skill levels. The meticulously manicured fairways set against the rugged beauty of the area make this world-class destination especially unique. If golf isn't your preferred game, guests can also enjoy tennis, basketball or swimming. The resort, which has 83 rooms and fully furnished chalets, also offers a complimentary children's recreation program. The Clode Sound Dining Room and Mulligan's Pub offer traditional Newfoundland fare and more that is sure to make your mouth water. While in Port Blandford, explore the T'Railway and Eagle Creek Trail or go salmon fishing (check for season dates) on the Northwest River.

TheImage View Golf Resort
9 holes
With breathtaking scenery and a combination of flat terrain, gentle slopes and rising hills, the nine-hole course at The View Golf Resort certainly lives up to its name. Situated in Princeton in the heart of the Bonavista Peninsula, the course is as beautiful as it is challenging. Since tee-times are spaced out more than other courses, golfers can enjoy a more leisurely paced game. Players are rewarded at the end of their round with a fantastic view of the Atlantic Ocean. The View Golf Resort is an ideal vacation spot offering luxury accommodations, a full service dining room and lounge. To round out the day, go for a dip in tranquil Princeton Pond, or take in the majesty of nature found along nearby hiking trails. Head northeast to view the rugged shoreline on the way to Cape Bonavista.