It’s getting hard to keep up with the folks at Cabot, the golf and real-estate developer.
Not content to stand pat with a vaunted resort in Nova Scotia and another in the works in the Caribbean, the company is now set to stretch its reach across the Great White North to the mountains of British Columbia, in western Canada.
On Monday, the Cabot team unveiled its plans for Cabot Revelstoke, an alpine resort in the folds of the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges, in an area famed for its heli-skiing.
Scheduled to open in 2023, Cabot Revelstoke will expand upon the offerings of an existing property, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, with real estate, accommodations and an 18-hole course, called Cabot Pacific, by the architect Rod Whitman and his new design firm, Whitman, Axland & Cutten. The Lodge at Cabot Revelstoke, a 150-room hotel, is slated to open in 2024.
“Great golf sites in the mountains aren’t easy to come by,” said Cabot CEO Ben Cowan-Dewar, who co-founded the company with Bandon Dunes developer Mike Keiser. “You want land with movement, but that movement can’t be too severe. This site is ideal in that respect, in surroundings that are just jaw-droppingly beautiful.”
When it opens, Cabot’s latest project will add to a portfolio of golf destinations that includes Cabot Cape Breton, in Nova Scotia, and Cabot Saint Lucia, on the Caribbean island of the same name. The former is home to two GOLF Magazine World Top 100 Courses, Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs, and a 10-hole par-3 course, The Nest. Cabot Saint Lucia, slated to open in 2022, will be anchored by a seaside course by the celebrated design duo of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
The first mountain project for the Cabot team, Cabot Revelstoke also reunites Cowan-Dewar and Keiser with Whitman, the Cabot Links designer. A native of Alberta, the province just east of British Columbia, Whitman came of age admiring the work of Stanley Thompson, the great Canadian architect of the Golden Age. At Revelstoke, Whitman now has a chance to work on a site that marries elements of two famous Thompson designs, in Banff and Jasper, that rank among the finest mountain courses in the world.
Ringed by snow-capped peaks, amid glaciers and old-growth forests, Whitman’s routing at Revelstoke will run along a ridge overlooking the Columbia River, winding around creeks and cliffs and rock outcroppings, with holes that give way to long views of the mountains.
Photos of the landscape make it easy to see how the region emerged as an alpine mecca and a primo destination for heli-skiing. But check out the renderings of the course at Revelstoke. Looks hella good for golf, too. For more information, visit cabotrevelstoke.com.