In the News

We have had a number of nice pieces written about Cabot. For those of you who may have missed them, here are some choice quotes and links to the full stories—from recent accolades to articles detailing our very beginnings.

“It is a true golf pilgrimage destination, self-contained with three restaurants, a couple of lodging options, caddies, excellent food and excellent golf. But if you make the long trip, the best place to stay is in one of the 19 sleek contemporary golf villas, all within a few steps of the first tee at Cabot Links and the clubhouse.”

10 Best Golf Resorts With Private Cottages Or Cabins

Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 2020

“It’s hard to imagine Cabot getting better since it already had the Links and Cliffs courses, but the 1,300-yard Nest was a fantastic changeup. You can hit wedges and woods and, despite being a par-3 course, that’s angles aplenty.”

The magic number? 3. Here are the 25 best par-3 courses in the world

GOLF, 2020

“Riveting. Spellbinding. Alluring.”

Grade “A” Architecture

James Ward, Golf Today, 2020

“We have panellists rating golf courses for our Top 100 and Top 59 Public courses rankings every year; why not go deeper and have them rank holes, too? Each was asked to submit his or her top six par 3s, top eight par 4s and top four par 5s. More par 3s than 5s because there are so many signature one-shotters in golf, and more par 4s than the other two given the sheer volume of such holes. The results follow.”

Canada’s Ultimate 18

SCOREGolf, 2020

“With approximately 2,300 golf facilities in Canada, those courses that crack the Top 100 represent the top four percentile in the country. They are the best of the best.”

Cabot Cliffs #1, Cabot Links #5

The Top 100 2020

SCOREGolf, 2020

“At just over 1,300 yards, with holes that range in length from 95 to 232 yards, the Nest is punctuated by creative dips and ridges and compelling angles that offer all the challenge of a traditional round, on a course that can be played with just a handful of clubs in a fraction of the usual time.”

Inside the Nest: Check out Cabot Cape Breton’s rollicking new par-3 course

Josh Sens, GOLF, 2020

The Top 10 Resort Hotels in Canada 2020.

The Top 10 Resort Hotels in Canada 

Siobhan Reid, Travel & Leisure, 2020

“We’re a thousand miles from home, on the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia, home of the world-class Cabot Links Golf Resort and its pair of Top-100-rated courses.

And we’re very happy.”

A trip to stunning Cabot Links is the perfect reminder of the ties that bind us

Christian Hafer, GOLF, 2020

“there’s a wonderful, unique ruggedness about Cabot Cliffs as the stirring breakers of the North Atlantic clash against Canadian granite. The course is hardcore links style, presenting a playing challenge as burly as the views on every horizon.”

I’ve Golfed All Over, and These Are the World’s 10 Best Golf Courses

John Scott Lewinski, SPY, 2020

“Cabot Cliffs has shot to prominence over the past few years thanks to holes like the one above, a stunning par-3 over the cliffs.”

The Best Par3s In The World

Sam Tremlett, Golf Monthly, 2020

Golf Digest

The 23 Best Summertime Buddies Trip Golf Destinations

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The 23 Best Summertime Buddies Trip Golf Destinations

Derek Duncan, Golf Digest, 2020

Golf Digest

World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses 2020: Cabot Cliffs #11, Cabot Links #35

World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses

Ron Whitten, Golf Digest, 2020

Video: Crash Course: Cabot Cliffs

No Laying Up, 2020

Golf Digest

The 13 Best Modern Course Built This Decade

Cabot Cliffs #2, Cabot Links #4.

Golf Digest, 2019

Video: Cabot Cliffs and Cabot Links No.1 and No.2 ranked public golf courses in Canada

Golf Talk Canada

Golf’s 2020-2021 Ranking of The Top Courses in The World.

Cabot Cliffs #43, Cabot Links #82

Golf’s 2020-2021 Ranking of The Top Courses in The World.

– Golf Editors, Golf Magazine, 2019

“Cabot leads the way.”

Cabot Cliffs #1, Cabot Links #2

Golfweek’s Best Top 25 Modern Canadian Courses

– Jason Lusk, Golfweek, 2019

“The key, here, is not to get hung up on the data, but to soak up the ephemeral experience. This is accomplished by sampling both courses, relaxing in an oceanfront golf villa and savoring fresh local halibut and Nova Scotia lobster at Panorama. Departing Cabot Links, a satisfying smile does set in knowing one has played one of the best four-hole closing stretches in the world.”

Golf’s Top 100 Golf Resorts 2019

– Golf Editors, Golf Magazine, 2019

“The Cabot Cliffs and Cabot Links courses on Cape Breton Island keep rising in the rankings and rightfully so. Both offer a pure golf experience along the ocean. And the resort offers views, amenities and great golf from start to finish.”

Why Cabot is Canada’s Best Golf Resort

Independent Golf Reviews, 2019

Score Golf

Top 59 Canadian Public Golf Courses 2019: Cabot Cliffs #1, Cabot Links #3

“Coming in at No. 1 on ScoreGolf’s Top 59 is Cabot Cliffs, which hasn’t held anything but the top spot since opening. The Bill Coore-Ben Crenshaw jaw-dropper contains several spectacular oceanside holes, holes through high dunes and holes on both high and low lands. It has all and it’s the best course in Canada”

ScoreGolf’s Top 59 Canadian Public Courses 2019

ScoreGolf, 2019

“Like other Keiser properties around the world, the resort seems to take the best of what Inverness has to offer and pairs it only with pure golf. From the beds to the menus, the amenities are quality but never gaudy and include tips of the cap to the local character while providing exactly what you need to focus on your next round.”

Sand, Water & Time

-D.J. Piehowski, The Golfers Magazine, No.8, Summer 2019, pg. 112-127.

“The Resort at Cabot Links offers a plush perch from which to venture; home to two internationally celebrated golf courses, the lodge’s sleek 72 rooms and 19 villas offer sunset views of the Atlantic and are outfitted with Frette linens, L’Occitane toiletries, and marble bathrooms.”

“The Best Islands in Canada, and Cape Breton lands at #1” 

-Rebecca Ascher-Walsh, Travel & Leisure Magazine, July 2019

“The golf season at Cabot Links Golf Resort in Inverness is underway and so is work on a new course — the third for the business. It’s just one of several projects planned to grow the operation. “It’s a little less serious,” said general manager Andrew Alkenbrack. “It’s a lot more fun. You can play it a lot faster as well … so it’s perfect if you’re short on time, or you’re short on daylight.””

“Cabot Links starts work on new par-3 course”

-Holly Connors, CBC News, May 2019

“The routing of the aptly named Cabot Cliffs takes full advantage of its namesake landforms, many of which force players to hit nerve-wracking do-or-die shots, like the tee shot on the now-famous par 3 no. 16.”

Top 10 Most Scenic Golf Courses

Ian Crister, Links Magazine

Golf Digest

“The hottest destination in North America, with an understated lodge along the three-year-old Cabot Links and just down the coast from the new Cabot Cliffs 18.”

“Best Golf Resorts In Canada”

-Editor’s Choice, Golf Digest, April 2019

Golf Digest

“Award winning Canadian golf writer, Lorne Rubenstein, narrates this spectacular flyover tour and overview of Cabot Cliffs Golf Course in Inverness, Nova Scotia.”

“Every Hole at Cabot Cliffs in Inverness, Nova Scotia”

-Lorne Rubenstein, Golf Digest, April 2019

Score Golf

“Just before Christmas I caught up with Cabot Links visionary Ben Cowan-Dewar. The entrepreneurial managing director of the widely acclaimed Atlantic Canada golf resort should have been enjoying some down time after another successful year in tiny Inverness, the former coal-mining town on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island that has, in quite remarkable fashion, rose to prominence as one of the world’s premiere golf destinations. He was not.”

What’s Next for Cabot Links?

-Rick Young, Score Golf, January 2018

Golf Digest

“Another sensational Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw design, Cabot Cliffs overflows with variety with its southernmost holes in Lahinch-like sand dunes, its northernmost atop Pebble Beach-type ocean cliffs and bits of pine-lined Scottish highlands in between.” – On Cabot Cliffs (#9)

“The older sister to No. 9 Cabot Cliffs is not a natural links, though it looks and plays like it. Call it Canada’s Portmarnock, though Ireland has no match for Cabot’s postcard par-4 11th, a dogleg-left around a tidal yacht basin.” – On Cabot Links (#43)

“World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses”

-Ron Whitten, Golf Digest, January 2018


Architectural Digest

“To play the game of golf at Cabot Links on the east coast of Canada is not only a swing back in time, it’s also a great place to experience the drama of the sport.”

8 of the World Most Beautiful Golf Courses

– Karen Loftus, Architectural Digest, November 2017

“New two- and four-bedroom suites are spacious and offer great views of Cabot’s first course along the coast of Cape Breton.”

The 18 Coolest Rooms in Golf

-Stephen Hennessey, GolfWorld, November 2017

“Young said “The two Cabot courses appeal to golfers who pine for the “links” golfing of Britain, which refers to courses set on land that links communities to the ocean. If you want a links experience, if you want that feel of the ocean breeze at your back, you will certainly get that at either of those golf courses. It’s as real as links golf can get.”.”

Cape Breton boasts 3 of Canada’s top 5 public golf courses

-Jon Tattrie, CBC News, August 2017

The Globe and Mail

“Welcome to Cabot Links, a golf resort that conventional wisdom says shouldn’t exist, but which so brilliantly evokes the game’s Scottish linksland heritage that connoisseurs can hardly believe it’s barely five years old.”

“Already smitten with Canada’s Cabot Links, golf world falls for Cabot Links”
– James McCarten, The Globe and Mail, June 2016

Calgary Sun

“Welcome to Cabot Cliffs, the headline attraction at a 36-hole hangout on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island that boasts about four kilometres of rugged oceanside wow-factor and an equally lengthy — maybe even longer — scroll of awards and accolades.”

“Headlined by jaw-dropping Cabot Cliffs, Nova Scotia making waves as must-see golf destination”
– Wes Gilbertson, Calgary Sun, May 2016

Score Golf

“Golfers, when they have to walk, enjoy doing so. Isn’t this one reason why places such as Bandon Dunes in Oregon and Cabot Links in Cape Breton Island are popular?”

“On Walking, The Best Medicine”
– Lorne Rubenstein,, April 2016

Westjet Magazine

“Strung along Cape Breton’s rugged northwest coast, Cabot Cliffs is a topographical masterpiece, boasting forested glades, low-lying dunes, deep ravines and ragged cliffs with expansive views of the sea.”

“The Best of Cabot Cliffs”
– Andrew Penner, WestJet Magazine, April 2016

Golf Inc.

“Canada shines again. Cabot Cliffs, the newest 18-hole course in Inverness, Nova Scotia, is Golf Inc.’s Development of the Year Best of Show winner.”

“2015 Development of the Year”
– Laira Martin, Golf Inc., March/April 2016

Golf Digest

“Midway through my maiden round at Cabot Cliffs, strung along ocean bluffs above the town of Inverness, Nova Scotia, I became overwhelmed by an emotion best described as giddy… The sense of awe and discovery was so intense.”

“Best New Course 2015: Cabot Cliffs”
– Ron Whitten, Golf Digest, November 2015

Score Golf

“Who wouldn’t return to Links and Cliffs? Certain places in the game call us back, time and time again.”

“Cabot Cliffs: An Edge Course”
– Lorne Rubenstein,, August 2015

Score Golf

“Cabot Cliffs is a course that will overload your senses with views… The experience is enthralling and exhilarating.”

“Wow Factor Personified”
– Jason Logan,, August 2015

The Globe and Mail

“It’s not just a golf course; it’s a celebration of Cape Breton.”

“Cape Breton’s new golf course: stunning scenery, exhilarating play”
– Guy Nicholson, The Globe and Mail, July 2015

Golf Advisor

“Before I left Cabot, a few of us sat around a table and played course match play, going hole-by-hole, Pebble Beach vs. Cliffs. Cliffs won holes 1 through 5. Pebble won holes 6 through 10. It was 5 to 5 going to the 11th tee. Cliffs won 11 through 17 and Pebble took the 18th. Cliffs wins 12-6.”

“Cabot Cliffs debuts among North America’s best”
– Matt Ginella, Golf Advisor, July 2015


“Every hole has a possible wow factor overload. Every shot has the potential for excitement. There can be no better testament to a great course than the fact that you just want to play it again and again.”

“Cabot Cliffs is a masterpiece”
– Bob Weeks, TSN, July 2015

Golf Digest

“The reason Cabot Cliffs is the most anticipated new course of 2015 is that we’ve seen it all before—just not in one location.”

“Cabot Cliffs: Instant Classic”
– Ron Whitten, Golf Digest, December 2014

New York Times

“Cabot Links—one of a handful of new courses opening in North America this year—is a resort-quality, high-end layout designed to be a true links golf course, a boutique category of oceanside golf architecture exceedingly rare outside the British Isles.”

“The Increasing Allure of Faraway Fairways”
– Bill Pennington, The New York Times, June 2012

Score Golf

“To me, Cabot Links is simply the best golf I have experienced.”

“Cabot Comes True”
– Bob Weeks,, June 2012


“On this continent, seaside-links golf of Cabot’s caliber is matched only by Bandon Dunes. Heading east, the next stop would be Ballybunion, in Ireland.”

“Exceptional Golfing in Nova Scotia”
– Thomas Dunne, Departures, April 2012

The Globe and Mail

“Golf course brings hope — and jobs — to Cape Breton community.”

“Golf course brings hope — and jobs — to Cape Breton community”
– Jane Taber, The Globe and Mail, March 2012

Toronto Star

“Cabot Links is the most talked-about course in Canada — and it’s not even open yet.”

“A Legend in the Making”
– Robert Thompson, The Toronto Star, March 2012

Wall Street Journal

“Cabot Links, a true oceanside links.”

“When Building a Course Makes Sense”
– John Paul Newport, Wall Street Journal, November 2011

Sports Illustrated

“Turn loose Bandon Dunes’ Mike Keiser on any coastal property and the result is likely to be successful.”

“The Class of ’13”
– Joe Passov, Sports Illustrated, August 2011

Westjet Up!

“Conceived as this country’s answer to Oregon’s Bandon Dunes, Cabot is Canada’s first true coastal links course — think timeless, iconic classics like Pebble Beach Golf Links and Scotland’s Royal Aberdeen — and belongs atop every serious golfer’s bucket list.”

“Experience the classic golf course at Cabot Links”
– James McCarten, WestJet Magazine, April 2012

The Globe and Mail

“Has any Canadian golf course been more eagerly anticipated than Cabot Links?”

“Canada’s first links course is a golf purist’s paradise”
– Brian Kendall, The Globe and Mail, March 2012

Canadian Golfer

“…with holes against which all others in Canada —and perhaps in the world — will be judged.”

“Course Preview: Cabot Links exceeds expectations”
– Robert Thompson,, October 2011

Toronto Star

“The dream continues to grow.”

On Tour: Canada’s newest links to the past
– Ian Cruickshank, The Toronto Star, August 2011

Golf Course Architecture

“Cabot Links: the new Scotland?”

– Adam Lawrence, Golf Course Architecture, January 2011

Score Golf

“…situated on sandy swath of land between the town of Inverness and the sea it will be Canada’s first true links. And from what I saw during a site tour, the Rod Whitman design is going to be brilliant.”

“Cape Breton Charm”
– Jason Logan,, September 2010

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