Cabot Links expanding with a par-3 course, potential third 18-hole course
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Cabot Links expanding with a par-3 course, potential third 18-hole course

Canada's Cabot Links is preparing to expand again, and it's great news for golfers who can head to North American East Coast's equivalent to Bandon Dunes.

Resort co-founder Ben Cowan-Dewar tells the Halifax Chronicle-Herald that a par-3 course is coming to the resort to complement Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs, the pair of world-renowned courses already on the property. Further, the resort is looking at adding a third full-length course to its offering.

“The success of Cliffs has certainly made us think about it, and think very seriously,” said Cowan-Dewar to the Chronicle-Herald. “The interim step that we will do is to build a par-3 course at Cliffs.”

Well, that makes sense. Mike Keiser, of Bandon and Sand Valley fame, is a partner in Cabot Links on Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. Bandon has a 13-hole short course. A par-3 course just opened at Sand Valley. Having one at Cabot makes sense. Short courses have become a bit of a trend in golf, and it's been a well-received push by most anyone in the game.

“For people who aren’t playing 36 holes (a day), and for families and kids coming to the game, it offers a lot of variety,” Cowan-Dewar said. “That is in the offing, and will be the next golf (course) we will likely build. We could call that our third course but I think there’s potential to build another 18-hole course. It’s not all the way there yet, we don’t have plans or routing or even an architect, but given the success of Cliffs, given that we’ve been able to draw golfers to this place. ... We’ll see where it goes from here.”

Both Rod Whitman's Cabot Links and Coore & Crenshaw's Cabot Cliffs offer stunning water views and some of the coolest holes on the planet. Both have been ranked in world top 100 lists.

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