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Anne of Green Fairways makes P.E.I. a golf destination

With club in hand, hole in sight and ball teed up, Canadians love to play on the greens of the golf course. Though Mark Twain deemed golf "a good walk spoiled," supporters are passionate about the sport and say that it teaches etiquette, discipline and an unending quest for self-improvement over frustration. The CBC has chronicled our love of the game from coast to coast, in sun and in snow.

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Anne of Green Gables watch your back! Golf is P.E.I.'s newest darling. With stunning ocean vistas, lush green courses bordered by red sweeping dunes, and modest green fees, P.E.I. has become the new hot spot to golf. In this CBC Television report, Laurie Graham reports on a high-profile tournament being held on the Island. Restaurants are packed and hotels are booked up. P.E.I. is pulsing with golf fever. 
. As of June 2005, P.E.I. has 25 golf courses.
. According to golfpei.ca, golf generates approximately $85 million in revenues for the Island. Of that total, $68 million - or 80 per cent - is spent in non-golfing facilities like hotels, restaurants, etc.

. LPGA golfer Lorie Kane is perhaps the Island's best-known golfing ambassador. In 2005, she was featured in a PEI tourism commercial. "Before the LPGA, I started on PEI. I have played all over the world and I still love to get home and play my favourite courses," she said in the commercial.

. In 2001 and 2003, Score Magazine rated P.E.I. Canada's number one golf destination.
. In 2004, P.E.I.'s provincial government extended the 10 per cent provincial sales tax to be applied to green fees. They expect to make $1.3 million per year with this change.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: July 28, 1998
Guest(s): Gerry Gallant
Host: Suhana Meharchand
Reporter: Laurie Graham
Duration: 2:30
Photo: Photo Credit: Belfast Highland Greens/Golf PEI

Last updated: September 20, 2013

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