Seacoast Golf on Cape Breton
Cape Breton Island, located on the northeastern tip of Nova Scotia, comprises about a fifth of the province’s total land mass and is linked to the mainland by a short causeway. Considering that Cape Breton Island is the birthplace of golf in Nova Scotia, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some of the best golf courses in the province can be found on the island.
The most famous of Cape Breton’s golf courses, also known as the Spectacular Six, are: Cabot Links, Bell Bay Golf Club, Dundee Resort and Golf Club, Highlands Links, LePortage Golf Club, The Lakes Golf Club.
The Spectacular Six Golf Courses
The Island’s newest course, Cabot Cliffs, located next to Cabot Links, celebrated its grand opening in the summer of 2016 and has already caught the attention of the golf world.
Cabot Links, situated on over a mile of sandy beach, along the breathtaking shoreline of Cape Breton Island, features 36 holes of exhilarating links golf with six holes playing directly alongside the water and every hole offering an ocean view. Cabot Links is Canada’s first and only authentic links golf resort. The Cabot Links Lodge offers 72 award-winning accommodations, fourteen upscale Golf Villas and exquisite dining.
Cabot Cliffs designers Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, carved a course that is set against a backdrop that only Mother Nature can provide featuring breathtaking landscape from high cliffs to rolling sand dunes. Cabot Cliffs is an 18-hole invitation to experience the freedom of unfamiliar terrain beneath your feet and uncommon beauty as far as the eye can see.
Cape Breton Highlands Links sits within the Cape Breton Highlands National Park at the Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa. Designed by Stanley Thompson, the Highlands Links features 18-holes of breathtaking mountain and ocean views. The Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa is widely regarded as the premier resort in the Maritimes, and among the best authentic experiences in Canada at the Highlands.
The beautiful Bell Bay Golf Club located in the quaint village of Baddeck, sits high above Cape Breton’s Inland sea, the Bras d’Or Lakes. Bell Bay offers panoramic views from virtually every hole; although, each hole has a distinctive element that makes it both unique and memorable, the final 4 holes have been called one of the best finishing sequences anywhere.
Dundee Resort and Golf Course with its amazing vistas and challenging world-class course, is the perfect location for golfers and their families. This championship 18-hole course designed by Robert Moote, is carved into the side of South Mountain in Dundee and provides compelling views of the Lake and the nearby marina. The course demands excellent control and shot placement.
A challenging course, Le Portage starts with 18 holes set on a plateau overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the beautiful Chéticamp mountains. A public golf course built and managed by the community of Chéticamp, “Le Portage” sits at the entrance of world famous Cabot Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
The Lakes Golf Club at Ben Eoin offers dramatic elevation changes and spectacular views of the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes. Each hole has its own special look; Well-groomed fairways and greens keep The Lakes Golf course difficult, yet, friendly. The highlight of the course is the tee shot on the downhill, par four sixth hole. Rock outcrops, long mystical views, crashing streams, grassy meadows and charming golf holes, all combine to make golf at The Lakes both exciting and rewarding.
From the first round of golf played on a former Sydney pasture in 1895, golfing in Cape Breton Island has evolved into a premiere golf destination. Over the years, Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia has become noted for offering some of the best and exciting golf in all North America.
On the west coast, you will find Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs‐two of the most recognized courses to have opened in recent memory. To the north, you have the Highlands Links, ranked among the best in the world; Dundee Resort and Golf Club in Dundee, Bell Bay in the seaside town of Baddeck, Le Portage in the charming town of Cheticamp, and The Lakes near the city of Sydney combine to round out Cape Breton’s most famous golf courses.