Cabot Links is part of Cabot Cape Breton resort near Inverness, Nova Scotia, and features a total of 45 holes across the entirety of the area. Cabot Links was designed in 2012 by Rod Whitman, a world-renowned golf architect who has designed courses around Canada, The United States, Asia, and Europe. The course is set between the village of Inverness and the western coastline of Cape Breton, looking out over the coastal dunes. Every hole on the primary 18-hole, par 70 course has views of the ocean, with five of the holes falling right on the beach. It’s around 6854 yards in length, so it’s definitely walkable. In fact, the course is walking-only, with carts available only for special circumstances.
Cabot Links has frequently been ranked as one of the top golf courses in the world, including recognitions from Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, and SCOREGolf. It’s also been classified as Canada’s first true links-style golf course. The inland holes are on the shorter side, with the front nine playing longer. But even the shorter holes of Cabot Links require precision and strategy. The fairways are rolling and undulating, with the natural contours of the landscape integrating seamlessly into the course design. The coastal location of Cabot Links adds an extra layer of complexity to the playing experience, as golfers face changing wind patterns off the ocean.
You can stay on-site at The Lodge at Cabot Links, which has 72 rooms, all designed using local materials and inspired by the natural beauty of the coast. There are also three restaurants at the resort, from casual to fine dining, offering fresh Atlantic seafood and local produce along with local craft beers and wines.