first_imgFall is a special time for golfers in Nova Scotia. The afternoonsare cool and dry, the fairways are not as busy — and nature isputting on its own spectacular show of colour. The beauty, thescenery, the challenge of world-class courses — it all meansthat even if you’re having a bad day of golf, you can still havea great day on one of Nova Scotia’s magnificent golf courses. It is one of the most playable and beautiful golf courses inNorth America. It is also a masterpiece of golf course design anda monument to a man many consider to be Canada’s greatest coursearchitect. Highlands Links — designed and built in the late1930s and opened in 1941 — is the work of pioneering Canadiangolf course designer Stanley Thompson. Thompson designed some ofthe great classic courses in Canada, including the ones at ThePines Resort and Banff Springs, but Highlands Links remains hisgreatest creation. The course was named the “Best Course inCanada” and listed as number 64 in the Top 100 World Rankings bythe US publication Golf Magazine. The course was recentlyrestored by Graham Cooke, who brought it back to Thompson’soriginal design. Golfers come a long way to tee off at this spectacular 6,592-yardbeauty, located in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. But oncethey get to Nova Scotia, they may have a hard time deciding whereto go next. The province has dozens of excellent golf coursesfrom which to choose. Cape Breton’s “Fabulous Foursome” –Highlands Links in Ingonish, Baddeck’s Bell Bay, Le Portage inCheticamp and Dundee Golf Club — are good starting points. There is also the 1920s gentility of The Pines Resort Golf Courseor White Point Beach, the rugged natural beauty of GraniteSprings, the pastoral charm of Chester Golf Club and the sculptedfairways of Glen Arbour Golf Course in Halifax and NorthumberlandLinks in Pugwash. There’s enough to keep a serious golfer busyfor a whole season. For further information on fall golfing, events, festivals andattractions, visit or call 1-800-565-0000. -30-last_img