This short par 5 playing right to left is protected on the left by a fairway bunker. Another large bunker is cut into the dune on the right but is in play for only the strongest of players. The landing area for the second shot is framed left and right by bunkers and a grass depression. Strategically, the play is to lay up just in front of these hazards or try for the green in two. The angle of the green is set so an approach from the right side leaves a relatively open shot. Immediately left of the green there is an area of hillocks and depressions reminiscent of hole #3 at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. The right side is protected by two deep pot bunkers. Although the hole is short, more often than not it plays into the wind.
The longest par 3 on the course. The green has a double plateau with a deep swale running thru the middle, reminiscent of the famous Biarritz par 3 in France. Focus on getting your ball on the same plateau as the day’s hole location as otherwise a three putt is hard to avoid.
A short par 4 playing toward the ocean. At 300 yards it is drivable by some players in favourable wind conditions. The hole is characterized by a dune protecting the left side of the green and wetlands flanking the entire right side of the hole. The further left one plays the more the sand dune that fronts the green comes into play. The hole plays slightly left to right with crosswinds from the left further complicating the tee shot as tee balls get pushed uncomfortably close to the wetlands. Some golfers elect to lay well back with their tee shot so that they can have a full short iron shot into the green. Lots of options abound on this little gem!
A tough uphill par 4, designed to be the longest par 4 on the front nine. The landing area has a series of bunkers encroaching into the left and right sides of the fairway. The green has 2 bunkers set front right and one deep pot bunker set middle left. As such, it favours an approach from the left side of the fairway. The deep green was built to accommodate a long iron approach and is sloped back to front with the right side falling off into a grassy swale.
A downhill medium length par 3, flanked by a large hill to the left and a deep pot bunker to the right. The green is generous in size and the approach is open in front with attractive views of MacIsaac’s Pond. One can play the ball off the hill on the left or play direct onto the green. A picturesque par 3, proper club selection is key to avoid a lengthy first putt.
A medium-to-long par 4. The Cape hole doglegs right to left with the harbour all along the left. The ideal tee shot will carry the small bunker set into the left side of the fairway. The rolling fairway contours, with the ball frequently a bit above the player’s stance, complicate the second shot. The green again is open in front, facilitating a running approach. A large dune to the right helps contain stray shots out to the right. The lobster boats rocking in the harbour behind the infinity green provide a striking background and are an apt reminder of Cabot’s seaside setting.
The 7th plays at an oblique angle toward the coastline. Hence, the wind is likely to be across, which makes finding this narrow green elusive. Nestled in the dunes, the putting surface is guarded by deep bunkers left and back right. The golfer is intensely aware of the sight and sound of the pounding surf as the next five holes hug the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
A long par 5 with the green set on a plateau overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The tee shot can be difficult, requiring a forced carry over native grass to the fairway with the correct line being farther to the right than the golfer first suspects. The second shot must carry a large ridge with bunkers cut into it in order to enjoy a good view of the green for one’s third. A second shot slightly left of center leaves the best approach. The green itself is well contoured, often requiring a running approach to get close to the day’s hole location. Bunkers left, a grassy hollow right and a deep swale behind protect the massive double green.
A short downhill par 4. Fairway bunkers down the right and middle of the fairway dictate the need for a well placed tee ball. One can play left or right of the middle bunkers with the right side leaving a simpler approach. The well contoured green is guarded left and right by small deep bunkers.
This short par 4 plays toward the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The tee shot is blind with the fairway running left to right against the slope of the land. Three fairway bunkers are cut deep into the dune on the right, and a tee shot near or over these bunkers opens up the green nicely. A fairway bunker blocks the path to the infinity green at approximately 300 yards. Another pot bunker guards the left side with a third bunker set short of the front right portion of the green. The green itself slopes front-to-back away from the player and is open in front. Given how the putting surface slopes away, it may be best to play a running approach. Margaree Island and the Gulf of St Lawrence provide a memorable backdrop to the day’s first hole.
This hole was designed to play as the course’s longest par 5 and is one of the most difficult holes at Cabot. The tee shot plays downhill but then the ideal second shot must climb uphill onto a large dune. The second landing area has a pot bunker set into the middle of the fairway. The right hand portion of the fairway ends leaving a short iron approach over a ravine to a fall-away green. Left of the middle bunker, the fairway flows seamlessly onto the putting surface, setting up the golfer for a short pitch, or better yet a pitch-and-run. The green nestles up against a large dune from where one can see vast stretches of the links.
A long downhill par 4 that plays into the wind. The fairway is set in a valley, angled left to right. The landing area features a large fairway bunker to the right with a smaller, deeper one set into the hillside on the left. Though the landing area is wide, the green favours a left side approach. The green itself is long and open in front and slightly elevated with a bunker front right and another back left. Two solid shots are required to reach the green in regulation.
A medium-to-long uphill par 4 with its tee shot played over menacing bunkers cut into a high ridge. The fairway is ample but the angle and bunkering of the green favour an approach shot played from the right side of the fairway. A middle-to-long iron approach is needed to reach the green, which is a double one shared with hole #8. The putting surface is set at the base of a large dune and features the most contours of any green at Cabot, dominated by its severe back-to-front slope.
A short but dangerous par 3 of 100 yards to an infinity green overlooking the dark blue waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only one pot bunker, middle right, guards the green. This hole is similar to the short 7th at Pebble Beach which also punishes those who get too greedy. It is the simplest of holes in a postcard setting, but the elevated tee means there is no place to hide when the wind is up. Best to aim for the middle of the green.
A medium-length par 4 playing downhill and frequently downwind. The coastline of the Gulf of St. Lawrence hugs the left of this most handsome hole. No fairway bunkers were required, but the green angle favours approaches played from the left portion of the fairway. The elevated green is protected by bunkers on left and front right. When played downwind, the green is a particularly elusive target to hit and hold. Par is always a great score here.
Another thrilling hole that borders the ocean. This par 4 normally plays downwind and a drawn tee shot played down the right side of the fairway gains extra yards from the slope. Three fairway bunkers dissect the fairway and depending on the wind conditions may be reachable by a longer player. The green opens up to shots from the right and favours a running approach. Penal bunkers guard the green left and back right. The green location and its proximity to the ocean make this one of the most spectacular holes at Cabot Links.
A short par 3. This hole turns back in from the ocean. Four bunkers guard the green on the left, front, right, and back right. A short to medium iron shot to the centre of the green is the play here. The rub is that the hole generally plays a bit longer than one first imagines, but one still needs to keep the tee shot underneath the day’s hole location. Putts from above the hole are some of the fastest on the course.
Designed as one of the longest par fours at Cabot, the back tee length measures 475 yards, making this a great half par finishing hole where lots can happen. A short bunker set into the hillside front-left signals the beginning of the fairway. In the background, the clubhouse and church steeples provide further guidance for the tee shot. The first landing area has bunkers cut into a dune on the left. Bunkers at the second landing area divide the fairway in half. The green is protected on the right by two deep bunkers. If the pin is set front left, a right approach shot would open up the green. If the pin is set back right, a shot from the left side of the fairway opens up the green. Like St. Andrews, you are likely to hole out in front of a small group of onlookers!
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