July 2012

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Golf "The Rock" Where to play and stay in Newfoundland

1 While Newfoundland officially transitioned from a British dominion to a Canadian province in 1949, Blomidon Golf Club (the word is an elision of "Blow Me Down") retains the feeling of a local UK golf club. Although it measures only 5,835 yards, Blomidon's small, quick greens make it a challenge for even the best golfers. Built on a bluff overlooking the city of Corner Brook, it's a sneakily challenging track, but the community vibe is what stands out for the visitor. blomidongolf.com

2 After declaring bankruptcy in December 2009, Humber Valley Resort and its excellent Doug Carrick-designed course is now under new ownership—and at a reduced rate ($80 including cart). But not to worry, despite the recent restructuring, it has retained the high-caliber golf that its original $20 million budget built. Routed through a massive swath of wooded hillside overlooking the beautiful Humber River Valley, the course features large undulating greens and plenty of risk/reward shot options. humbervalley.com

3 At Gros Morne Resort, the province's northernmost track, the views of the Long Range Mountains are almost worth the $48 green fee alone. With no houses, forgiving bunkers and an often steady breeze coming in off the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the new 7,025-yard course almost has it all. One only hopes that, as the course develops, measures are taken to address a few peculiar absences. grosmorneresort.com

Where to Stay
Humber Valley Resort boasts a couple hundred rental chalets, many of which can sleep up to eight people. Approximately $150-$200/night per person. humbervalleylodges.com
For an all-inclusive B&B experience, try the Inn at Humber Valley. $129-179/night. innathumbervalley.com

The seasonal Gros Morne Resort offers postcard views of the 2,600-foot-high Long Range Mountains. Rooms start at $109. Tired of your cell phone always ringing? Don't worry, it's so remote, there's no service. grosmorneresort.com

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