Bell Bay Golf Club

Thomas McBroom


The beautiful Bell Bay Golf Club located in the quaint village of Baddeck, Nova Scotia, was awarded “Best New Course in Canada” by Golf Digest 1998 and ranked in the Top 100 Courses in Canada by ScoreGolf Magazine. Bell Bay sits high above Cape Breton’s inland sea, the Bras d’Or Lakes, offering panoramic views from virtually every hole.

Bell Bay is an experienced site for high profile events such as: The RCGA’s Canadian Amateur in 2005; the Canadian Club Champions Championship in 2006; and the 2001 Wayne Gretzky and Friends Invitational featuring Mike Weir vs. Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull and Joe Sakic.

The routing of the course takes full advantage of the natural features of the land and each hole has a distinctive element that makes it both unique and memorable.

Bell Bay is distinguished by its final 4 holes, which have been called one of the best finishing sequences anywhere. A strong candidate for the signature hole is the seventeenth par 3, “Banshee.” The drastic elevation changes, ravine and a green that is set in a pocket of trees on the other side offer an illusion to the golfer’s normal distance perception and it is easy to underhit the shot. The true signature hole though is saved for last. “Breadalbane” is one of the most scenic tee shots in golf. A sweeping panorama of the Bras d’Or Lakes and Alexander Graham Bell’s summer estate can take ones attention away from this par 5 finishing hole.

Starting with a tee shot over a great gorge, the hole winds its way to the clubhouse silhouetted by the Highlands in the background. Overall playability is enhanced by bent grass greens, tees and fairways, exceptionally manicured. There are four distinct teeing areas, positioned to assure both challenge and enjoyment for players of all skill levels.