Golf can be a lifelong struggle—and not just for the poor souls who play it. Despite the outpouring of critical acclaim that accompanied its opening in 2007, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Humber Valley Resort struggled financially in the years that followed, lurching into receivership. But what has long been considered one the province’s best golf courses has a new lease on life after changing hands in 2010, which is excellent news for discriminating golfers on the Rock. Humber Valley’s 7,200-yard River course meanders through western Newfoundland’s robust mountain peaks and river valleys, offering players breathtaking views of the region’s unparalleled vistas. The River layout, a Doug Carrick design, features generous landing areas, dramatic elevation changes—the plunging par-4 10th is a standout, as is the 232-yard par-3 5th, a daunting one-shotter over the lake—and broad, but undulating greens, which make it both fun and formidable—and affordable, at just $80, including cart. And, if you’re looking for a well-appointed bed-and-breakfast-style place to stay, look no further than the Strawberry Hill Inn and Chalets (strawberryhill.ca), a quaint collection of cottages and suites that’s right next door. Hey, if it was good enough for Pierre Trudeau, Prince Edward and the Queen of England, it’s good enough for you. When you’re not on the course, venture into some of the unique shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants in downtown Corner Brook. The Captain James Cook Historic Site offers a spectacular view of the Bay of Islands, and locals swear by the salt fish cakes and smoked salmon quesadilla at Gitanos’ Supper Club and Tapas Bar in the Millbrook Mall.
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