Aug 21, 2016

Golf Course Review: The Links At Crowbush Cove - Finest Island Golf

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/21/2016 08:15:00 PM   No comments



I've been to PEI to golf a few times but haven't had the chance to play The Links At Crowbush Cove. A little over a week ago I finally had the chance to cross off Crowbush off my bucket list. Just recently named #33 on Top 100 the Thomas McBroom designed course has always been in the spotlight since its inception in 2000.



Right from the get go Island hospitality at its best as Theresa gave us the low down on the course at the bag drop plus she even had time to clean Dave's clubs. Complimentary range balls are part of your green fee so Dave and I partook in a few practise swings. After talking to the starting and looking at the scorecard Dave and I decided to play from the white tees.

#1 Sally Forth 348 yd. Par 4

A fairly straightforward hole to start with, a good drive will net you good results. You'll notice right away the greens at Crowbush Cove are tiered with various undulations depending on the green. Some more severe then others. Spoke to maintenance staff and they said they only change hole positions every two days due to these not so subtle undulations.


#3 East Neuk 467 yd. Par 5

You'll notice on hole #3 the beautiful bunkering at Crowbush. Strategically placed for any wayward shots. Also notice the undulating fairways and rough. Uneven lies are common so take note when hitting your shot.


#4 Ship Shape 334 yd. Par 4

Due to some dry conditions in PEI the rough in some spots wasn't to bad at Crowbush, like here for Dave's second shot on #4.



#5 Forerunner 567 yd. Par 5

The long par 5 runs back to the clubhouse hinting at views of the water. With two good shots here you'll set up a short wedge in. Smart players will play this par 5 as a three shot hole. Don't be greedy.


The staff was awesome at Crowbush Cove including Jen the beverage cart girl who informed us they begin serving adult beverages at 9am. Man I love Island hospitality.


#6 Cattails 156 yd. Par 3

Aptly named, the cattails on #6 hide and make the green look smaller than it actually is. Get your yardage and play your shot there's green for you to hit.



#7 Breakers 331 yd. Par 4

This is where the holes get a little more scenic, some PEI ocean and sand dunes views will appeal to all who golf Crowbush. You'll also notice the wind a little more so clubbing up or down will now enter into the equation.


#8 Pinnacle Dune

A beautiful par 3 with the highest dune visible to the right of the hole. Usually plays into the wind so beware of club selection. Very intimidating.


#10 Nor' Wester 407 yd. Par 4

A fade will serve you well on this long par 4, the back tees are real "ole crows".


#11 548 yd. Par 5

Probably my favorite hole at Crowbush a risk reward par 5 from an elevated tee. Be sure to take in views from back tee, they are spectacular. Birdies or eagles can make it on your scorecard, but doubles or worse can too. Good luck!


#12 Wee Toonie 153 yd. Par 3

A tough green to hit looks real narrow from the tee and is plus bunkers left and right. Par is a good score here.


#14 Seaward Bound 481 yd. Par 5

Another example of the beautiful bunkering at Crowbush Cove. Fourteen is a shorter par 5 but trouble is everywhere including the undulations on the green.


#16 Heron Lookout 349 yd. Par 4

A great hole with a spectacular view of the ocean in all its splendours. Dave was rather excited on this wind swept hole and I think it was for a double. A long carry over water your tee shot has to be accurate because it will be into a wind more than likely. Your second shot will be uphill to a tricky green, pars will be golden here.


Got a chance to talk to Crowbush Cove's Golf Course Superintendent Dwain MacAulay. Gave him praise for his staff as Crowbush was in great shape for summer time.


#17 Flying Jib 97 yd. Par 3

A fun little par three that will be a wedge for most. Tough green to stay on with drop offs and bunkers surrounding the hole. Pitch and putt with teeth.


#18 400 yd. Par 4
A good finishing hole that takes you back to Crowbush's clubhouse. The trouble on this hole is around the green with a slightly elevated green guarded by bunkers. A great way to end your round.

After your round be sure to savour some PEI mussels like Dave here on the clubhouse patio. Great views of the course plus you can talk about your round.


Crowbush is a must play when you visit PEI, its layout will challenge ever level of golfer. The views of the ocean, beach, dunes and general topography are world renown especailly on the back nine.


Golf PEI can set you up with green fees which vary in price depending on when you play as well as if you play any of their other signature courses. Contact them to work out a PEI golf package.


Aug 17, 2016

Top Trio of Golf Courses Played: Cabot Cliffs, Crowbush Cove and Dundarave

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/17/2016 08:12:00 PM   No comments

After returning from a two week vacation feeling refreshed. I've had time to compile my thoughts on my golfing adventures. This stint had me golfing at Cabot Cliffs in Inverness, Nova Scotia and at Crowbush Cove and Dundarave Golf Courses in PEI. Upon reflection I tried to figure out if I've played a better trio of courses before since I started to write about my golf shenanigans.


So far I've played courses in Europe, Canada and the USA. My trip four years ago to Cape Breton where I played Cabot Links, Highland Links and The Lakes at Ben Eoin would be a close second to this years trip and here's why this year was the best.


With all the talk, Cabot Cliffs truly is a beautiful golfing experience. The true links feel is real on an amazing piece of property in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Recently name #1 Golf Course in Canada by golfers will be flocking to Cliffs to try and tame its beauty.



The Links at Crowbush Cove has always been a course that I've wanted to play. Having been the top course to play on PEI it didn't disappoint. The panaramic views on any of the ocean holes are epic with beautiful sand dunes accenting those views. The course can challenge all levels of golfers and truly was in great shape considering PEI had not got much rain. Crowbush came in at 33rd in this years top 100 Golf Courses in Canada.




Dundarave was a pleasant surprise. A more modern layout its bunkering style with red sandstone bunkers was visually intimidating on a few holes but very playable from any of the tees. Dundarave Green's are semi crowned with shaved edges and with the different tiers can be tricking getting your ball close to the hole. Dundarave was ranked #107 just outside of top 100 Golf Courses this year.





So what's your top trio played?


Aug 14, 2016

Golf Course Review: Cabot Cliffs - Gods Country Cape Breton

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/14/2016 09:53:00 PM   No comments



There was something all to familiar as I drove up Highway 19, Ceilidh Trail towards Inverness this past Thursday. Although it had been four years since I had been to Cape Breton with my wife. The clouds, light rain, sunny breaks and winding roads that twisted through the hilly Cape Breton seaside reminded me of the beauty of playing Cabot Links for the first time 4 years previously. Today I knew would be a special day once again as I was playing Cabot Cliffs the widely acclaimed Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore designed course. Recently making its debut in the Golf Digest World Top 100 Courses at #19 needless to say I was excited to play the Cliffs.


The entrance to Cabot Cliffs is pretty non descipt and you might miss it but it's just a km or so past Cabot Links. The minimalist feel prevails but that's the way golf is played at Cabot.


Although there's no clubhouse yet the perfect yurt tents are set up to get you started for the day. Spoke to Joe MacDonald Head professional at Cliffs and he says one will be built soon. Design still to be determined if it's anything like Cabot Links it will be perfect.


The course starts off with a beautiful forgiving par 5. Which can play even tougher depending on wind conditions but that can be said for any holes at the Cliffs.


Cliffs has 6 par 5s and for me they really were the strength of the course. All very scenic especailly the par 5s by the sea, #10 and #18 will test you from any tee box and make sure you have your camera for the vistas are amazing. The inland par 5s like #7 and #8 are a challenge as well and long tee shots will reward those good shots with birdies or even an eagle. Each different in there own way you'll love the par 5s at Cabot Cliffs.


Hole 18 Par 5 528 yards Don't be mesmerized by the beach right!

Hole 10—Par 5 557 yards Very hard second shot after a good drive.


Hole 7—Par 5 589 yards The intimidating tee shot.




Hole number two at Cabot Cliffs, Ben Crenshaw's favorite is a picturesque hole with an elevated tee shot where your second shot into the hole is intimidating with a mammoth bunker in front of the green. This hole will test all your shot making capabilities. But that's true for all holes at Cliffs.


Right off the bat you'll notice you might have to play a few more different shots at Cabot.


Putting from far off the green might be the more prudent shot as your pitch shot may come up short in the wind, welcome to true links golf. Using a lower trajectory on your irons like a knockdown shot will defintelty have an advantage on occasion. Cabot Cliffs will have you thinking on all your shots.


As you come to each hole you'll just be in awe of the design. Every hole is different at Cabot Cliffs and you begin to notice this pretty quickly. I've never taken so many pictures and videos at a golf course before, good thing I had my iPad backing up my iPhone for the round.


Where I said earlier the par 5s are the strength of Cabot Cliffs, the 6 par 3s are the pillars. With the most photographed hole #16 being the most stunning of the bunch. Hole 16 will test your golf will and strength to choose the right club and swing for the task. Designed beautifully out of the Cape Breton cliffs this hole will have you wanting to play again the second you sink your putt.


Hole 16—Par 3 176 yards


Hole 14—Par 3 184 yards. Notice the large rock hump that sits surrounded by bunkers. Another challenging par 3 at Cabot Cliffs.

Hole 12—Par 3 245 yards A long par 3 from any tee. Wind would seem to always play a role on this tough hole.

Hole 17—Par 4 331 yards A daunting tee shot

Can be real rewarding once you get to your ball.

Hole 5—Par 4 345 yards Beautiful spot for the green

Golf writer's perfect view for writing in journal #18


If you love golf you have to experience golf at the Cabot Cliffs course. A true links golf experience subtly carved out of the majestic Cape Breton landscape. The cost varies depending on the time of the golf season and also depend if you're a local or staying at the resort. Well worth the money considering Cabot Cliffs recently topped ScoreGolf's Top 100 Best Golf Courses in Canada 2016. I recommend staying at the resort and playing Cabot Links too.



Jul 28, 2016

Golf Media Tweets Video/Photo Highlights - 2016 RBC Canadian Open

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/28/2016 09:29:00 PM   No comments
From my weekend including Dustin Johnson, Jared du Toit, Adam Hadwin, Danny Lee, Ernie Els, and Jason Day.

Jul 27, 2016

Golf Apparel Review: Mens Galvin Green Macoy Golf Shirt

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/27/2016 09:14:00 PM   No comments


The feeling I got when I first tried on the Macoy Golf Shirt from Galvin Green was like the feeling you get when you try on your favourite pair of shoes. Comfort and you feel like you can do anything with them on. This was the way I felt even though I'd never tried anything on from Galvin Green before but knew of the Swedish company's expertise when it came high performance golfing clothing especailly their rain gear.





I was definitely intrigued because I loved the style and colour (White/Electric Red) of the Macoy Golf Shirt. The Macoy shirt is part of Galvin Green's new VENTIL8 line, new for the 2016 season.


Fabricated from VENTIL8, a very light, soft and comfortable garment, its unparalleled breathability and moisture transportation properties will keep you cool and dry. Galvin Green branding to the left sleeve and back neck. Permanent anti-bacterial technology prevents bad odours and keeps the garment fresh. 100% Polyester

The design of the Macoy Ventil8 Golf Shirt is perfect for the active golfer. A regular fit golf shirt, top marks for Galvin Green for the White/ Electric Red combination. With the light grey and black accents, this colour is great for those of us that light to stray away from those one colour golf shirts.

I've wore the shirt both on and off the golf course for the past month and it has really held up nice in Ottawa's Summer heat. There's enough room to swing freely and will keep you cool for many rounds. I wore it this past weekend at the RBC Canadian Open for the final round a) because it's a great red shirt to support the Canadians in the final round - Go Jared du Toit b) kept me cool for the almost 8 hours I was there at Glen Abbey Golf Club.


The Galvin Green Macoy Golf Shirt retails for $110.95 at Function 18. Which is on the high end of the scale for this type of high performance golf shirt but in my eyes is well worth it. When I'm packing for my east coast vacation in two days this will be one of the golf shirts I bring with me to PEI and Nova Scotia. Style, function and comfort all packed into your golf shirt from Galvin Green.



Jul 25, 2016

RBC Canadian Open Sunday Recap: Vegas Rises To Top, du Toit Makes Canada Proud, DJ is Cool

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/25/2016 09:41:00 PM   No comments

I got to Glen Abbey just before 10am and was so glad there was a bit of cloud cover with lower humidity. Made it much more bearable for spectators. I figured there'd be decent scoring and after seeing a few of the early groups that seemed to be the case for some as the day progressed.


Got to see the smooth swing of Danny Lee from New Zealand. Sponsored by Devereaux a golf apparel company I've done an apparel review on before. He's also sponsored by ZTE devices who was well represented at the RBC Canadian Open as a corporate sponsor.


Got up close and personal with Vijay Singh on the ninth hole. Vijay hit his shot close to a tree that I happen to be standing near but that didn't phase him in the least as he calmly walked up to the ball and hit a lovely shot to the green. It was also great to see Ernie Els play on the weekend and see his smooth swing and watch him putt with his SeeMore putter.

Jason Day teed off to one of the largest crowds of the day and he was teeing off at 11:35 and was -2 at the start of the day. Day had a huge gallery all day and it was great to be able to see the number one player in the world live hitting shots on Canadian soil. Jason Day ended up at -7 after shooting a 67 on Sunday good for a tie for 14th.


As the morning turn closer to noon and more players teed off including eventually winner Jhonattan Vegas who birdied 5 of his first first 6 holes. You could feel you were going to be in for a special day. Fans were excited and keen on following the action including one of the biggest crowds following the #1 ranked Canadian amateur Jared du Toit who only had 15 people following him Thursday. His interaction with fans was awesome and he was loving every minute of the day and being in the spotlight. Eventually settling for a 71 and a tie for 9th. He can hold his head high as he made Canada proud and now a few more people know and may follow what he does further in his career.


Following the last let's say 10 groups on Sunday was very exciting as many players were making birdies and putting themselves into contention for the Canadian Open Trophy.


I ended up seeing the last nine groups come through the par 5 16th which was a great hole to watch all weekend as players continue to bomb their drives down the fairway.


One of the players that impressed me the most was the reigning US Open Champion Dustin Johnson his interaction with fans and the way he conducts himself on the golf course was a pleasure to watch and be a part of it. Although he didn't have the final-round he probably would've liked I think he's the favourite this week to win the PGA Championship at Baltusrol. It was great watching Dustin Johnson hit his driver all weekend the man crushes his drives and his putting is at an all time high.


I ended up having to leave before a champion was crowned at Glen Abbey but that's okay I'll be back because golf in Canada is strong and Glen Abbey is a great place to watch the pros compete for Canada's Major.



Jul 23, 2016

RBC Canadian Open Saturday: Fun With Gus

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/23/2016 10:01:00 PM   No comments

Not only was my son excited to take in his first PGA Tour but I was pretty excited to hang out with my 8 year old son for his first time watching the pros. We got there about 10am after taking the shuttle from the Oakville Go Station which worked out great getting dropping off close to the gate. From the get go walking through the entrance you get the taste of golf as there are holes right off the bat both left and right. Getting signed up at the Team RBC right away was great as it combined a quasi scavenger hunt with a prize competition. Great photos to boot with Team RBC bags and photos.




The ZTE charging area was perfect for those of us that were snapping pictures all day of the pros. It's amazing how the battery drains on my iPhone 6, it might be time for a ZTE Grand X Plus.




It was great seeing Ernie Els smooth swing and putting out on the 18th green with his SeeMore mFGP DF.


My son Gus wanted to see Jason Day so it was great seeing him coming up 16th fairway and teeing off at #17.




Jared du Toit

Dustin Johnson had the biggest following all day but Jared du Toit is Canada's hope for the first Canadian champion in years. Jared a 21 year old golfer from B.C. And currently a senior at Arizona State University closed with a eagle on #18 and will be in the final group with Brandt Snedeker.




There's lots of golf to watch but if you need a break check out the TaylorMade Performance Lab where Gus and I got to try out a few putters and putt for prizes as well as trying our hand at closet to the pin. Gus got to hit driver and I got to hit an 8 iron. Fun stuff from TaylorMade.






BMW a title sponsor of the RBC Canadian Open was well represented and held Gus's attention various times during the day. Good stuff with great people from BMW.




If your bringing your kid to the RBC Canadian Open you just have to combine a bunch of activities not only watching the golf. Mix in some ice cream and pizza and you can't go wrong with a days adventure at Glenn Abbey, a great place to take in the PGA Tour.


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