Finally!!! I have been waiting for this for a long time.
Growing up in Inverness County, on the west side of Cape Breton Island, it was easy to see how the natural beauty of the area could translate into an authentic and world class golfing experience.
The towns and villages of the surrounding area offers a sunnier version of the birthplace of golf, Scotland in both geography and culture.
For a long time there were no golf courses in Inverness County until Le Portage Golf Club opened in Cheticamp. The had been a course in Margaree, but it closed a number of years ago.
Le Portage is a beautiful course that offers challenges to golfers of all levels, but it still meant early morning 1.5 hour commutes for myself to play a round.
I gladly made the trip wheneve I could, but there was always the dream of getting a local course.
It is hard not to visit the area and look upon its rolling hills and pasture and see the potential for extraordinary golf and recreation.
The Cabot Links course in Inverness has endured years of planning and delays, but finally the end is in sight.
Developed by Mike Keiser (Bandon Dunes) and Ben Cowan-Dewar, the course was designed by Rod Whitman, who also designed the Sagebrush Golf Club in BC which was named Golf Digest’s Best New Canadian Course for 2009.
It is Canada’s first true “Links” course and comparisions to the links courses of Scotland are understandable after seeing a few of the holes, which hug the shoreline of Inverness.
The course opens on July 1, 2011 and their teaser video makes the wait all seem worthwhile. I’m hoping to be able to make a trip home for the opening weekend and maybe get in a couple rounds.
Hopefully this will lead to other possibilites being explored and potentially more courses for the area, helping Cape Breton become an even greater world golfing destination.