On a bluff overlooking the Gulf of St Lawrence, this Bill Coore-Ben Crenshaw design is the second course at this Nova Scotia resort – and it’s a masterpiece, Canada’s answer to Cypress Point.
The traditional layout is a deliberate reference to the home of links golf in Scotland and Ireland: fairways twist their way down from a forested glade overlooking the sea, skirting past ravines and jagged cliffs. Its inland holes are every bit as satisfying to play as the oceanside ones, but the biggest challenge can be keeping your head down and avoiding becoming distracted by the glorious sea views.
Getting there & doing it
It’s a three-hour drive to Cape Breton from Halifax International Airport; the club has a shuttle service for groups (for a fee). Its remoteness means most people overnight at the excellent hotel, and the food service is exceptional. They rent clubs too, if you don’t bring your own.
When to do it
The course is open all year round, seven days a week, but March to September is the best time to play; in late summer, September, it’s perfect.
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