The newer of the two courses at the Rodd Brudunell River Resort, Dundarave features a layout that includes tree lined holes, holes with big elevation changes, links style holes and river view holes. All to say it is not a boring layout. It also features a lot of bunkers.
Like a lot of resort courses Dundarave features wide fairways and large greens. There is a good mix of tough holes and easier holes and holes for great photo ops. While I liked Dundarave, I found Brudunell River, a more dramatic course, there was no equivalent to Brudunell’s 10th at Dundarave. The one area of the course that needs some work are the bunkers, which look amazing with the red sand, but play pretty inconsistent from one hole to the next.
Dundarave is located on the Rodd Brudenell River resort property about 45 min east of Charlottetown, PE.
Specifically it is located at 82 Dewars Lane, Georgetown Royalty, PE
The course was designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry. The same Hurdzan and Fry that designed a little course in Wisconsin called Erin Hills that just hosted the 2017 US Open. A few other notable Canadian courses are Mont Tremblant’s Le Diable and an extensive renovation at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club which will host the 2017 LPGA Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.
Additionally, Hurdzan did a renovation at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, NY , a course I had the pleasure of playing a few years back and really enjoyed.
Dundarave opened in 1999. It would make its first appearance on the Score Golf Top 100 list in 2002, coming in at 82. It would climb the rankings into the mid 30s, before falling off in more recent years. The last rankings that came out, gave it an honourable mention as just outside the top 100.
$80 CDN walking isn’t the most expensive round of golf I have ever played. I think it is a fair price and you get pretty good value.
I am a big fan of the clean score card we are starting to see more and more of. No maps, no ads, just a spot to mark your score.
I love a good risk reward hole. Short par 4s that you could drive, par 5s you could reach in two. Dundarave has a couple of them. The short par 4 16th was probably my favorite hole of the day. It didn’t have the scenery of some of the other holes, but it was perfectly shaped with bunkers protecting the green and it gave you a moment of pause … ” I might be able to drive this green” then thinking more clearly you pull our a hybrid, or you go for it.
Why I would go back
Simply, Dundarave is a fun course to play. I didn’t feel like I ever hit the same short twice all day, which is a unique experience on a golf course (for me at least).
My playing partner for the round was PEI’s favorite Australian Tiffany Chaisson. If you ever get a chance to play a round with Tiffany don’t pass it. Tiffany started playing golf 3 years ago and to date has played well over 100 different courses in 11 different countries. She has a a blog that tracks her golfing exploits, a fun read. Even more impressive than the vigor with which she has taken up the sport, is she has started a not for profit organization called Fairways. The goal of Fairways is to raise money to help kids without the financial means enjoy the game of golf.
Bucket List = How high on my list of courses to play.
Overall I had a great day at Dundarave. Having played Brudunell River I was looking forward to playing Dundarave for a comparison. They are definitely different courses, fun and challenging in their own ways.
See you at the turn,