Despite damage from December floods, the oldest and highest ranked Golf Cape Breton course, Highlands Links, will maintain the tradition of opening in time for the Victoria Day Weekend. Golfers will notice the effort made to restore the course to its original appearance, mainly through the removal of trees and repairs to approximately a third of the Stanley Thompson – designed sand bunkers. Tee times may now be booked at highlandslinksgolf.com for the Friday, May 20th opening day.
“We are looking forward to a great season at Highlands Links,” says Hélène Robichaud, Superintendent of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. “Despite the weather damage last winter, Parks Canada is ready to greet golfers sooner than expected, thanks to a strong team of dedicated individuals. Community volunteers, staff and experts like golf course architect Ian Andrew, have worked through challenging weather and long days to ensure Highlands Links maintains its reputation as a cultural landmark modelled on nature and the greatness of Canada’s unique landscape.”
Golf Cape Breton’s second highest ranked course opened Saturday, May 14th, in Baddeck. “Conditions are great at Bell Bay,” reports head professional and general manager Ted Stonehouse. Dundee Golf Club will open next week in time for play on the Victoria Day weekend. Golf Cape Breton’s new member course, Cabot Links in Inverness, remains on track to open ten holes for preview play on July 1st, Canada Day. Celebration plans include golf, live music, food and fireworks.
The remaining Golf Cape Breton courses have already opened under the direction of new leadership. Dave Deluzio, new head professional of Le Portage says, “We’re in great shape since we opened May 3rd and we’re still offering spring rates. The greens are healthy and running well.”
At Ben Eoin’s The Lakes Golf Club, new director of golf operations Patrick Laderoute says “conditions are excellent since we opened May 6th and we look forward to building upon the success of our first year in operation.”