Cabot Cliffs

Cabot Cliffs
Brian Oar
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Cabot Cliffs

  • Course Type

  • GOLF Top 100 World Rank (2023-24)

  • Year

  • Architects

    Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw
  • Par

  • Yardage


Course Overview

Canada’s top-ranked course is a seven-year-old Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw that alternates between big dunes at the southern end and cliffs at the northern end that rise more than 100 feet above the Gulf of St. Lawrence, inspiring Pebble Beach-like awe. The 2nd hole, arguably the course’s finest, starts from a tee high on a bluff and requires a rousing tee shot over wetlands, followed by an equally dramatic approach to an elevated green with punchbowl qualities. The opportunity to use side slopes to kick balls onto the putting surfaces is a recurring design theme and the fescue fairways encourage lively interaction with the ground. Two of the best examples occur late in the round. One is at the downhill 560-yard 15th, which is reachable under certain wind conditions. The other comes at the 320-yard 17th, where a courageous well-executed power fade over the cliffs and down the sloping fairway could result in an eagle putt. A great design lends itself to lasting memories, and Cabot Cliffs is aces in that department. (Photo: Brian Oar)

3 things to know

  • Hole everyone talks about

    No. 16, par-3, 176 yards: There was no question Coore and Crenshaw wanted to build a hole here. But the cliffside spot proved difficult in the design phase. The green juts out to the right on a cliff into the Gulf of St. Lawerence, making right pin locations appear as though the flag is in the water. But it’s back-left pin placements that prove the most challenging.
  • Best non-golf amenity

    Heli-fly fishing: A helicopter trip to the Margaree River is an experience on its own. Make it even more memorable by adding fishing on the Margaree River, which is famous for its Atlantic Salmon, Brook Trout and Striped Bass.
  • Insider tip

    In the shoulder months of May and October, greens fees drop to $150, and the weather is suitable for golf more than you might think.