Cabot links is located in Nova Scotia, Canada. A remote golf destination that has quickly become a part of the best courses in the world. I stayed at the resort and all the rooms are facing the ocean with views of the golf course. Cabot Links was the first course created and I also played the newer course Cabot Cliffs during my visit. Check out my experience of the Cabot Cliffs here.
The first hole is a straight forward par 5 measuring 471 meters from the silver tees.
I hit my driver into the right hand rough and got a bad lie. I hit a 8 iron to get out of the rough and left myself with a 7 iron to the green. I missed the green long and made bogey.
The second hole is a good par 3 measuring just over 200 meters. There is a bunker and run off area on the right hand side of green which is where I hit my tee shot. This is the wrong place to miss the green and leaves a difficult chip shot to try and safe par. My chip shot was good but I missed the par saving putt.
The third hole is a great par 4 measuring 265 meters. It is a reachable par and I enjoy risk reward par 4s like these. The right hand side of the hole is a penalty area so the tee shot needs to carry almost to the green. It was downwind so it was too tempting not to try and go for the hero shot.
I hit a poor tee shot into the penalty area and had to take a drop. Hit a very good approach shot with a wedge but missed the par putt.
Cabot Links hole 4 is a tough par 4 measuring 370 meters. It is uphill and the longest par 4 on the front nine. I hit my tee shot into the right hand bunker and was too close to the edge of the bunker which made my decision to lay up easy. My approach shot ended up at the back of the green and I managed to hole the putt for par.
HOLE 5, par 3 on Cabot Links
Hole 5 is a par 3 and is 154m. It was playing a least 1 club longer with the wind and there is not much room to miss the green. I hit a 5 iron left of the green where there is more space than it looks from the tee. My chip was poor and I made bogey.
The 6th hole is a dogleg right to left par 4, 397 meters long. It was down wind and the green was reachable with a good drive. I had to try and go for it like hole 3. My drive was good and ended up close the green in the right hand rough. The pin was placed just over a mount which makes for a challenging chip from where I was. My first chip came up just short but I almost holed the second time around. A good hole and a good par.
The 9th hole is a short par 4 measuring 293 meter There are some well placed bunkers in the fairway and on the right hand side.
My drive was good and in the middle of the fairway. My approach shot was short on the left hand side where there is a run off area. I was too cute with my chip shots and the ball rolled back down the slope. A really poor double bogey to finish off the front nine.
BACK NINE ON CABOT LINKS
The 10th is a par 4 with a blind tee shot. It is only 297m over a hill, but the Caddie did not recommend trying to go for green. I listened and played a 6 iron in the fairway. Messed up my approach shot and made a bogey.
The 11th is a great par 5 playing 448m. You can see the green in the distance when standing on the tee and the valley between. It was playing into the wind so if was not possible for me to reach the green in 2 even though I hit a decent drive in the fairway.
The 14th is a short par 3 playing downhill. It was severely downwind when I played and the pin was right at the front of the green. I went way too long and rolled over the green leaving a blind chip shot. Played a great chip shot to a gimmie par.
16th hole is a good looking par 4 with a slightly elevated green. The views are stunning. The weather was starting to get worse with rain and stronger winds.
The finishing hole is an uphill par 4 with a blind tee shot. I hit a good drive and a hybrid to reach the green. I finished with a par. We only got a bit of bad weather on the last 3 holes, but the rest of the day showed how the weather can really be a challenge. It started to rain heavily and the wind picked up significantly making the course play extremely challenging.
Cabot Links is a nice golf course. The course was not too busy and we played in under 4 hours as a 4 ball. The condition of the course was overall good, but the greens could have been in better shape. I played poorly on the front nine but managed to shoot a decent back nine. I shot 78 which was satisfactory.
[…] Cabot Cliffs during my stay at Cape Breton where I also played Cabot Links. See my experience on Cabot Links here. Cabot Cliffs is the newest addition to Cape Breton and I was looking forward to playing the course. […]