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Spring 2018

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snatching up parcels of land, and eventually brought Keiser on as his well-moneyed partner. When a construction crew arrived on the western side of Cape Breton Island to bring Alberta-born architect Rod Whit- man's design to life — with Whitman in a bulldozer leading the way himself — any lin- gering doubt washed away with the tide. Today, Cabot Links , which opened in 2011, is a thriving 36-hole resort with two golf courses ranked among the world's Top 100. Whitman's Cabot Links, an authentic links with wall-to-wall fairways hugging the ocean for much of the back nine, was joined in 2012 by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw's Cabot Cliffs , a more dramatic course that plunges through giant dunes, circles wetlands, and concludes high upon cliffs overlooking the Atlantic. Whereas Cabot Links is a peaceful stroll with holes blending together seamlessly, Cliffs is a jaw-dropper filled with hero shots. They form a sensational one-two punch, with the elegant, yet modest, resort lodge ensuring they are the stars of the show. Cabot Links has been such a massive success that Cowan-Dewar and Keiser are planning even more holes. A par-3 course is already in the works with another full-length design in discussion, too. And Another Thing : If you travel all the way to this remote spot in Nova Scotia, do not miss Cape Breton Highland Links . Designed in 1940 by Stanley Thompson, Canada's best and most prolific golf course architect, Highlands is a true masterpiece with a rout- ing venturing from the ocean, towards mountains, into a valley and back to the ocean again. It's as unique a design as you'll find, and its beauty is so striking that Cana- dian George Knudson, an eight-time PGA Tour winner, once said he wouldn't even need golf clubs to enjoy a walk from its first tee to its 18th hole. That the two-and-a- half hour drive from Cabot Links to Cape Breton Highlands is along the Cabot Trail, consistently ranked as one of the world's best road trips, is a bonus. The adjacent and recently refurbished Keltic Lodge is a national treasure. Jason Logan is the editor of SCOREGolf magazine, Canada's leading golf publication. 40 SPRING 2018 | NCGA.ORG Cabot Cliffs EVAN SCHILLER THE HENEBRYS

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