Aug 31, 2016

Golf Course Review: Dundarave - Red Sands of PEI

The third course I got to play on my East Coast vacation was Dundarave Golf Course. I'd always wanted to play the course because of the appeal of Dundarave's red sandstone bunkers. The red dirt or sand is one of the things I think of when I think of PEI. Dundarave opened in 1999 and was designed by award winning architects Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry. The course hugs the Brudenell River for many holes and shares Rodd Brudenell River Resort 36-hole complex with Brudenell River Golf Course. The course I was surprised dropped out of's Top 100 Canadian Golf Courses from 54 in 2014 to not even making the top 100.




Dundarave starts out with a fairly easy par 4 in #1 with a nice large landing area. Immediately when you land on the green you'll notice the many tiers on the green. This is a theme that's prevelant at Dundarave and three putts can come quick and often if you're not careful with your putts.



The tricky greens at Dundarave. Lots of breaks and undulations as noted from the Par 5 2nd hole. Defintiely a three shot hole.



You'll have amble opportunity to hit out of the beautiful red sandstone bunkers. Here's Dave getting acquainted with one of the many bunkers on the Par 5 4th hole.



The first par 3 on the front 9 at Dundarave. The 5th hole is not long but the bunkers will give you fits.



Did I mention tough greens at Dundarave.



The picturesque par 4 8th hole with Brudenell River in the background. There's more of a landing area then it looks, although beware of bunkers.




Par 4 9th hole short hole but lots of bunker trouble by the green.




Made this putt for my first eagle ever, it's a short par 5 #10 but you still need two great shots and then drain the putt. I'll have a separate post for this to come with video so stay tuned.



Dundarave has many shorter par 4s including this hole #11 where you can unleash your driver and be rewarded.



#14 A nice par 3 with a tough green.



A perfect risk reward hole. The 16th hole Dave drove the green and ended up with birdie. I drove it a little shorter then Dave and landed in a bunker, got up and down for par. One of my favourites at Dundarave.




Another scenic hole at Dundarave, the downhill 17th. Tough depending on wind conditions.



Drove it in this bunker on the finishing hole at Dundarave a real beauty par 5. I had to play away from the hole and was happy with a bogey. A great finishing hole.




It was great to finally play Dundarave and I can now cross it off my bucket list. Defintely a must play if you're in PEI and near the Brudenell River area. Prices can vary but PEI Golf can set you up with a deal depending on when you play and how often. The course will challenge you from any tee decks and the greens will keep you honest. The course conditions were great and the staff were super nice. Island hospitality as its finest.



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