And what an experience that was, something that I’ll be documenting throughout the month of April here on this blog, with a detailed trip recap and individual reviews for all four golf courses at the resort. It’s a remarkable place and I can’t wait to talk about it further.
However, I’m writing today about another place that Bandon developer Mike Keiser is involved with and it is arguably the most anticipated golf course opening in Canada in many years.
I’m talking about Cabot Links, a Rod Whitman design which is being touted as Canada’s first true links course.
Cabot Links sits hard by the sea on Cape Breton Island in the town of Inverness, Nova Scotia. The landscape looks truly incredible in photographs and is even more apparent in the brilliantly-conceived movie trailer put out by the club the other day.
This two-plus minute clip (click on the link above) was directed by Michael Robin, an Emmy-Award winning director/producer (L.A. Law, The Closer, Nip/Tuck) and features legendary Canadian actor Donald Sutherland as the narrator. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen something like this done to build anticipation for a golf course opening but it’s quite ingenious.
Similar to Mr. Keiser’s recent soft-opening at Old Macdonald, Cabot Links will have ten holes ready for play on July 1, 2011 in a preview loop, with the full course scheduled to open in the spring of 2012. Like the courses at Bandon, Cabot Links will be walking-only and feature a robust caddie program.
I won’t be able to get out to Cabot this year but I hope to make plans to visit next year when the full course is open for play. There is already talk that a second course could be on the way and if that ever materializes, you could make a case for Cape Breton Island being “Bandon East”, especially when you factor in the fact that Highlands Links, one of our country’s finest courses, is only about two hours away.
My congratulations go out to Ben Cowan-Dewar, friend of Now on the Tee and the main man behind Cabot Links. Cowan-Dewar runs a golf travel company (Golf Travel Impresarios) and is partners with Ran Morrissett in the great golf architecture website Golf Club Atlas. It took a big leap of faith to get Cabot Links off the ground, as he moved his entire family to Inverness well before the first shovel touched dirt.
It looks like we’ll all be winners in the end, as all signs point to Cabot Links being the next great golf destination in Canada.