As of one of the World’s Top 100 courses and consistently ranked in the Top 10 of Canada’s Best (#6 ScoreGolf 2012), Highlands Links represents the essence and purity of golf as it was meant to be played. Capturing the wonderful land forms and incredible scenery of the Atlantic Ocean coastline and the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Stanley Thompson’s masterpiece has grown into a national treasure.
Located in the heart of one of North America’s most beautiful national parks (ranked #2 National Park in North America - National Geographic Traveler Magazine 2005), this 18-hole journey showcases breathtaking mountain views and ocean vistas. The brilliance of Thompson’s design is apparent to all with his famous bunkering and magnificent routing, winding its way seamlessly through rocky headlands and wooded glens.
Whether it’s the feel of the ocean breeze at your back as you tee off from “Ben Franey” (#1) or the exhilaration of watching the plentiful moose graze as you challenge “Killiecrankie” (#7), Highlands Links welcomes each golfer with its inspiring natural beauty.
Over the past 2 years, Parks Canada, with its dedicated crew, under the guidance of Architect Ian Andrew, have been restoring the golf course to its original old glory. All bunkers have been completely restored to their original shapes and locations. Turf conditions have improved dramatically with a major tree removal program and the green sites are back to the original size and shape. Golf Digest (Feb 2013) ranks Cape Breton Highlands Links as # 7 in the Top 30 Best in Canada.
Together, the brilliance of Thompson’s design combined with a spectacular natural setting has resulted in one of the world’s most unforgettable courses and a spectacular golfing experience between the mountains and the ocean. “Now that a rejuvenation effort relying on Thompson’s original drawings is nearly complete, its stock on the World Getaway market will only rise. We love it.” (Vic Williams, Publisher/Editor, Golf Getaways Magazine, Fall 2012).
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