Cabot Links

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Cabot Links is a golf course located in Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is a full 18-hole true links course, but a 10-hole version of the course was opened in 2011.[1][2] It was designed by Alberta native, Rod Whitman and is located on a former coal mine along the coast of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.[2]

Construction and development began in the late 2000s (although the town had been trying to get a golf course well before then). The golf course was the creation of Ben Cowan-Dewar, a Toronto-born 33-year-old, with the financial backing from Mike Keiser.[3] Mike Keiser was the creator of Bandon Dunes.

The golf course has assisted with the rebirth of the Inverness economy,[2] which went into decline after its coal mines closed. Its success led to the opening of a second golf course in July 2015, called Cabot Cliffs.[4][5] Designed by world-renowned architect Bill Coore and two-time Masters Winner Ben Crenshaw, Cabot Cliffs quickly captured the media’s attention and is considered by many to be in the running as one of the top courses in the world.[5][6][7][8] While all 18 holes are currently open, it is considered a Preview Play season for the course which means only 60 tee times a day and limiting play to resort guests.[4] The grand opening of the course is scheduled for the 2016 season. The Cabot Cliffs’ property hosts a temporary shop where apparel, snacks and beverages can be purchased.

The Cabot golf resort hosts three onsite restaurants,[9] a 60-room hotel,[10] a pro shop, and a gift shop. Cabot’s real-estate program was launched in July 2015, consisting of five Golf Villas and a discovery center.[11] Villas are available for purchase and rent.

Links Golf: While golf in the twenty-first century is played on more than 30,000 courses worldwide, only 246 of them may be classified as links.[12] What differentiates this 1% from the rest is their location and the type of terrain on which they are built.[13] In Scotland, where golf is believed to have originated in the 15th century, the first courses were developed on stretches of land known as links. Farmers deemed these coastal lands useless because of the sandy soil, so golf course designers began to make use of them.[14] Located between the land and the sea and with little to no trees, Links golf is subject to strong coastal wind which is why it is best played closer to the ground. The firm soil and short grass make bump-and-run shots and putting from close off the green popular choices.[15] Both Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs are True Links courses as they are located on the rugged coastline of Cape Breton Nova Scotia, where sandy soil, firm fairways, and coastal views embrace golf’s early Scottish roots.[1]

Quick Facts[edit]

Cabot Links Golf
Founded July, 2011
Location 15933 Central Avenue, Inverness, NS
Holes 18
Par 70
Yards 6854
Course Designers Rod Whitman
Owners Mike Keiser and Ben Cowan Dewar
Ranked - Number 42 in the world by Golf Digest 2014/2015

- Number 82 in the world by Golf Magazine 2013

- Second Best Public course in Canada by Links Magazine 2015 .

Cabot Cliffs Golf
Founded July 1, 2015
Locations Inverness, Cape Breton, NS
Holes 18
Par 72
Yards 6765
Course Designers Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw
Owners Mike Keiser and Ben Cowan-Dewar
Ranked - Number 1 public course in by Links Magazine 2015 .
Cabot Links Golf Resort
Hotel Rooms 60
Villa Rooms 16
Onsite Restaurants - Cabot Bar

- Panorama

- Public House

Shopping - Cabot Links Pro Shop

- Cabot Cliffs Pro Shop

- Cabot Trading Company

Designer Suzan Fitzgerald
Awards - Best Overall Architecture by

2013 Air Canada En Route Hotel Design Awards

- Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015

- Great Golf Resorts of the World

- 2014 VISA Canada Traveller Experience of the Year Award


  1. ^ a b Peper, George; Malcolm Campbell (November 2010). True Links. Artisan. ISBN 1-57965-395-2. 
  2. ^ a b c Nicholson, Guy (27 August 2012). "Cabot Links: Catapulting Cape Breton from Celtic kitsch to laid-back luxe". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Entrepreneurs breathe new life into small towns across Canada". Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  4. ^ a b "Cabot Cliffs | Cabot Links". Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  5. ^ a b Newport, John Paul. "Golf’s New Scenic Outpost: Nova Scotia". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  6. ^ "Cabot Cliffs debuts among North America's best". Golf Advisor. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  7. ^ Thompson, Robert. "Course Review: Cabot Cliffs (Inverness, NS)". Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  8. ^ "Cabot Cliffs is a masterpiece". Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  9. ^ "Restaurant". 
  10. ^ "Cabot Links". Lodging. 
  11. ^ "Golf Villa Real Estate | Cabot Links". Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  12. ^ "Links Golf | Cabot Links". Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  13. ^ Olmsted, Larry. "Cabot Links, The Must-Play Golf Course Opening Of 2012". Forbes. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "‘Links Golf Course’ - meaning - Scottish Golf History". Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  15. ^ "What Is a Links Style Golf Course?". Retrieved 2015-08-10. 

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Coordinates: 46°14′13″N 61°18′17″W / 46.236822°N 61.304781°W / 46.236822; -61.304781