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Inverness, NS B0E 1N0, Canada
Mike Keiser, the man who developed the nearby Cabot Links course, is developing a second course on Cape Breton Island, a few miles north of the Links. Cabot Cliffs is expected to open in 2015 with a design by the retro-traditionalist team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. Also on the architecture team will be Rod Whitman, the architect behind Cabot Links, which is regarded by many critics as the best course in all of Canada.
The closing three holes will be, in order, a par-3 with a cliff-hanger tee-box, a par-4, then an oceanside par-5.
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anthro - 8/28/15
I played the course in preview: several fairways were still having work done: fairways installed and finished, grass management, and most importantly green finishing. Putting aside the above, the course was an engaging challenge. I think when opened it will be a beguiling and thrilling round that sits among the top courses worldwide.
Coore and Crenshaw's design provided a huge variety of looks. I used every club in the bag and never felt the challenge was unfair.
Unlike the "links" sibling, this course isn't a philosophical extension of true Scots-Irish linksland golf. The course sits high on a palisade. It feels quite similar to Pebble Beach, but provides more variety: four holes snake into the woods, several holes navigate through wetlands.
Put it on your bucket list. The overall experience is great and promises to get even better.
Best Score: 74