Nearly half a century ago, a group of 80 golf lovers decided to transform a farm into a course where the salty breezes off of St. Mary’s Bay would blow in and grassy fairways would flourish. Their vision was realized in the founding of Clare Golf & Country Club, whose original front nine were joined by a back nine in the '80s, filling out a championship 18-hole layout. The course embraces beginners, but still challenges golfers who have earned their black belts in putting, inviting all players to exercise their long game at three par 5s while avoiding the stream wending its way among the fairways. After hiring a math-bowl champ to tally up their scorecards, players can unwind on the wraparound porch of the newly built clubhouse that replaced the course’s original farmhouse, refuel at the restaurant and bar, or drop by the pro shop for a new set of golf balls.
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Going on more than 60 years, Fundy Restaurant's culinary maestros continue to perfect their scallop, fish, and lobster dishes with ingredients supplied by local fishermen and produce dealers. Live lobsters put on their best bibs hoping to be chosen from a tank before taking their places at tables alongside 6-ounce rib-eye steaks and a variety of pastas. Outdoors, the two-tier outdoor balcony hosts stunning views of the Bay of Fundy as meals come out, or diners can gather in one of Fundy's four indoor dining areas such as the 80-foot glass solarium, which affords panoramic views of the boardwalk below.
On that very boardwalk, directly beneath and behind Fundy, patrons of Dockside Restaurant & Bar stuff their mouths with seafood munchies and lunchtime fare. Throughout their courses diners luxuriate on the restaurant's casual outdoor patio right on the bay. Guests can share plates or drinks after jaunts through the Fundy Complex, and a nearby dock and floating slip accommodate customers travelling by yacht or rental shark with up to five hours of docking time before tides change.
Helmed by passionate sky-scraper Scott Newman, Maritime Hang Gliding Academy transports the landlocked to breathtaking heights with tandem glides and lessons. After donning a harness, novice flyers strap into the tandem hang glider with the expert wind-catcher before climbing up to 1,000-1,500 feet, depending on wind strength and forecasted kite-traffic patterns. With comprehensive safety chats and sturdy harnesses, the airy jaunts introduce students to the quiet of engine-free sky transportation.
With picturesque views of the Annapolis Basin, Annapolis Royal Golf Club and Restaurant's course is sure to provide a memorable round. Tree-lined fairways bend to create tricky approach shots, and water hazards require strategic ball placement on several holes. After their round, players can head to the 19th Hole restaurant for homestyle English cuisine.