Driving through Maine past border crossing into Atlantic Canada was exciting as I have never experienced leaving the U.S.A. by automobile. The scenery is beautiful yet monotonous on both sides of the border and there aren't many exits along the way. Even my GPS periodically lost its signal until it closed in on the City of Fredericton.
Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook HotelI felt relieved to finally arrive at our destination, the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook, a business hotel with comfortable amenities located near legislative buildings, museums and lots of outdoor dining; free concerts are also provided during the season. The Changing of the Guard, a twice-daily Canadian event, occurs right down the street and I was disappointed that my schedule did not permit me time to experience it.
Be aware that Fredericton is not a late-night city. Although you can still get a coffee at Tim Hortons (the equivalent of Dunkin Donuts) or a Moosehead Light at the local Snooty Fox Pub, the streets are pretty much deserted.
Our first day of golf in Canada began with a hearty breakfast on the patio of the Terrace Room of the Crowne Plaza and then we drove about ten minutes to one of Fredericton, New Brunswick's signature golf courses.
Being beaten at golf by an eleven-year-old who weighs about eighty pounds soaking wet can be humbling but it also taught me a few things about how I can improve my own game, for example:
1. You can shoot an 84 without driving the golf ball more than 150 yards.
2. Keep shots in the short grass and, if necessary, get the golf ball back into the short grass whenever possible.
3. Lay-up to your "go-to" short game shot. Graham laid up all fairway shots to about 100 yards. Pick your favorite distance, the one you are confident with, and strike with confidence.
4. Try to two-putt every green: get the ball within the "circle of trust" then get it in the hole.
Stacy Solomon, NB Junior Champion Graham Gourley with Jeffrey Hutt of GolfNB.com
Dinner at the cozy yet hip Brewbakers restaurant located along King Street after the round provided me with my first taste of fresh Canadian seafood, a satisfying fettucine dish with shrimp and scallops.
A good night's sleep (yes, the Sleep Advantage Program at Crowne Plaza really IS comfortable) and we're off to Fox Creek Golf Course in Dieppe, another challenging layout by Graham Cooke.
To visit New Brunswick and experience the natural wonders for yourself just hit a good, long drive! Watch for part two of my Golf Canada Adventure in the Maritimes on Golf for Beginners. You can also view a few additional pictures on our Facebook page.
Thanks for the hospitality:
Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel, Fredericton, Canada
Kevin Johnston, Manager Kingswood Golf Course
Jeffrey Hutt, Golf New Brunswick
Bari Gourley, Teaching Professional, Kingwood Golf Course
And to all of the people of Canada that we encountered during our stay who were very friendly and welcoming!
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