Long ago, Scottish polo players longed for a game in which they could explore scenic terrain, ride an obedient mechanical horse, and wear more courageously plaid knickers. Marvel in their subsequent invention with today's Groupon: for $50, you get 18 holes of golf for two (an $80 value, including HST) and $20 toward the dining room or lounge menu at The View Golf Resort in Princeton (a $100 value).
Situated amid the lush scenery of Bonavista Bay, The View Golf Resort’s 9-hole, par-34 course challenges golfers with strategically placed sand traps, ponds, and shrubbery. Novice and experienced golfers traverse uphill slopes and negotiate with breezes for favorable blowing directions and attractively tousled hair. Players’ tee times are spaced at a comfortable distance from each other to allow for a leisurely pace on the course. Playing time typically spans 2 to 2.5 hours.
Golfers exchange clubs for cutlery in the clubhouse’s full-service dining room and lower-level lounge, which is saturated with sustenance and accented by ocean views. Alberta beef, fish, rib platters, seasonal seafood, and Newfoundland classics join a weighty wine list in the dining room’s upper-level haven, where picture windows reveal passing moose, whales high-fiving, and icebergs. The laid-back lounge and outdoor patio encourage post-golf rematches on the pool table or dartboard with the aid of burgers, wings, and other snacks.
The View Golf Resort
Sculpted into the rocky hillsides that comprise the shores of an Atlantic Ocean inlet, The View Golf Resort charms clubbers with sweeping vistas throughout its nine-hole, executive course. Seaside breezes snake through groves of pine trees and fairway-side shrubs, cooling off players and hot-tempered 9-irons as they traverse the 2,250-yard layout. Though lacking in overall length, the course challenges duffers with narrow fairways cleaved through ponds, sand traps, and natural hazards, placing accurate shot-making at a premium.
Along with its scenic fairway chain, The View Golf Resort regales guests with two distinct eating options—the Dining Room and Lounge—that serve a menu of traditional Newfoundland cuisine. Six well-appointed suites dot the resort’s placid expanse, providing overnight accommodations for those hoping to enjoy a romantic getaway with their golf bag or spend a weekend boating, hiking, or fishing in the resort’s rustic surroundings.
Course at a Glance:
- 9-hole, par 34 course
- Length of 2,250 yards from the farthest tees
- Two tee options
- View scorecard