At Cape Breton Highlands Links golf course, you have the opportunity to explore a truly unique golf experience. Built during the last years of The Great Depression, as a federal ‘make work’ project, it opened in 1941. But it wasn’t just any golf course. Parks Canada had employed Canada’s greatest Golf Course Architect Stanley Thompson, and given him a canvas like no other. Thompson is best known for his work on Canadian Railroad hotel courses, like Banff, Jasper, or St. Georges, but most golf historians agree that the Cape Breton Highlands Links course was the best of his best. Even the walks and vistas, will take your breath away. In many ways, it may not look like the modern courses that most of us are accustomed to playing. The maintenance practices at Cape Breton Highlands Links, are as close to the style of mid-20th century maintenance as are practical. The bunkers are hazards, and not the pristine pseudo-hazards of the 21st century. Fairways are not level, and challenging lies are the norm. You won’t see close-mown bent-grass tees. The greens are firm and true, and you’re unlikely to see a straight putt in 18 holes.
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