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Golf Australia Express : January 2013
WE HEAR IT TIME and time again: Links golf is the only real golf. For that reason alone, the world is littered with layouts boastfully adopting the ancient term in their name. But simply calling a course a links course does not a links course make it. You see, you need a spit where farmland meets sea, where sandy coastal soil supports a range of rye grasses. And most of all, you need soul unlike any other. There’s a level of mystique—a real sense of antediluvian aura—that only comes from being on a links course. A sense of the Old World when undulating mounds, humps and hollows crudely met sheer rocky cliffs alongside dramatic, crashing ocean waves. Yet the beauty of golf these days means you don’t need an ancient course to experience that Old World feeling. In fact, one of the newer members of the links family—Canada’s Cabot Links—is quickly developing a reputation for the awe-inspiring. Officially opened in June, this 6803- yard (6220m) coastal track and stunning Cabot Links Lodge situated at the former coal mining community of Inverness, Nova Scotia, was a long time coming. With land course designers could only dream about dreaming about, the project to build Canada’s only true links course rested in the hands of Canadian Ben Cowan-Dewar. And with the financial backing of renowned Bandon Dunes creator Mike Keiser, Cowan-Dewar, now 32, employed course architect Rod Whitman to carry out the design. What a masterpiece he ended up creating. Firm, fast greens and traditional links undulation play second fiddle to spectacular ocean views visible from all 18 holes, while five holes running adjacent to the beach offer even more special treatment to the round. It’s fair to say a round at Cabot Links is not just a round of golf—it is a unique golfing experience. That’s the beautiful thing about links courses—no two are ever the same. From the opening hole at Cabot Links you know you’re in for a real treat. The first is a short par-4 playing towards SINCE OPENING IN JUNE 2012, CABOT LINKS—A TRUE LINKS LAYOUT SITUATED IN NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA—HAS BEEN IMPRESSING ALL AND SUNDRY WHO VISIT IT. AFTER LEARNING ABOUT THE RICH CULTURE AND HISTORY OF THE LITTLE TOWN IT LIVES IN, YOU JUST MIGHT BE PAYING A VISIT OF YOUR OWN REALLY SOON. Firm, fast greens and traditional links undulation play second fiddle to spectacular ocean views visible from all 18 holes. DREAM the DREAM the