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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The Fundy Complex combines restaurants, nightlife, and sightseeing to give visitors and locals myriad ways to enjoy the Bay of Fundy. At Fundy Restaurant, diners gaze out of the 80-foot glass solarium to watch the boats and boardwalk while enjoying fresh seafood such as lobster and scallops. Meanwhile, boardwalk seating along the water is an apt extension of Dockside Restaurant's relaxed atmosphere, which invites locals and yachtsmen to stop by for a meal or drink. During the evening hours, Club 98 capitalizes on the region's vibrant nightlife with DJs and dancing.
For self-guided adventures, the complex rents kayaks during spring and summer months. Guests can also stay close to all the sights and activities at Dockside Suites, which offers cozy rooms to retire to, each equipped with the comforts of home such as full kitchens and balconies boasting panoramic views.
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.