Oakfield Golf and Country Club opened for the season on April 26, and the 18-hole championship course on the shores of Grand Lake is ready for play.
But you don’t need to be an experienced golfer — or a golfer at all — to enjoy the atmosphere and scenery at Oakfield. Inclusiveness has been the club’s philosophy since it opened in 1962.
“I think the friendliness of the club is our No. 1 feature,” says Eric Tobin, general manager.
Oakfield is located just outside the city, but is still close enough to the downtown core to be accessible. “Our members feel like they’re getting away to somewhere new,” says Tobin.
The course is exceptionally walker friendly, with no elevated greens and spectacular views of Grand Lake from the course. The pace of play is just under four hours.
Oakfield also has a new member on staff. Red Seal Chef Luis Clavel recently joined the team and is working on a new menu for Laurie’s Diner and Lounge, which is open to the general public. Clavel is an award-winning chef who has opened and led some of the top restaurants in HRM.
When he started at Oakfield, Clavel took a drive around East Hants to get a feel for the community. He came up with the diner concept. Clavel uses local ingredients whenever he can, and makes everything on the menu from scratch.
“We have really great food that gives people a chance to try the classics with a contemporary twist,” says Clavel. “We’re focused on flavour with quality food.”
The food menu pairs well with the drink menu, which includes wines from Bishop’s Cellar, beer from Molson, including its craft beers, and cocktails with local flavours.
Oakfield has PGA award-winning staff members who work with new and experienced golfers on their game.
Pat DeCoste, Oakfield’s director of golf, joined the team in 2016. DeCoste won the PGA of Canada Atlantic Tour Championship in 2010 and was named PGA Canada Atlantic Player of the Year in 2004. He’s a PGA professional and served as the president of PGA Canada Atlantic.
Sara Wilson, head teaching professional at Oakfield, is a PGA Canada professional, the owner and operator of Metro Ladies Golf, and serves as the director of play development with the Nova Scotia Golf Association.
“Sara has done a tremendous job introducing kids and women to the game,” says Tobin.
The club has a large membership but is actively welcoming more, as Oakfield offers flexible memberships that accommodate prospective members to get more out of golf.
“The biggest challenge for people is time, so our membership fits perfectly to anyone’s lifestyle.”
The Oakfield membership features an abundance of benefits for a low price, as members can establish their own golf schedule with playing packages based on the number of rounds estimated to be played throughout the season. Members have access to all the facilities that Oakfield offers, such as the driving range and the private beach, as well as versatile monthly payment options and reciprocal club privileges. With no initiation fee and no minimum spending requirements, members can golf for the right price, at the right time.
Oakfield’s history is still present today, as they strive to be an inclusive, progressive and family-oriented club. The atmosphere that members experience at Oakfield is invaluable, whether it is on the course or in the clubhouse. Oakfield is open for new or experienced golfers until October, perhaps November, depending on weather.
“At Oakfield, our vision is to enhance the enjoyment of the game of golf for all,” Tobin expresses, “with this, we want all Nova Scotians to visit our course to experience the challenge of a championship caliber course in a friendly setting, and to play great.”
Oakfield Golf and Country Club
6055 Highway #2, Oakfield
By Suzanne Rent Photos Bruce Jollimore