My latest column on golf courses for Score, about the great Highlands Links and its recent management structure changes, is now online.
Here’s a taste:
There is little doubt Highlands Links holds a special place within the Canadian golfing world.
Highlandsgrandeur, rustic setting and ability to translate its location into a remarkable test of all of the games elements are rarely found anywhere else in the world, let alone on a public golf course in a remote area of Cape Breton .
In spite of that greatness, Highlands Links always seems to be struggling. Its location forces a dependence on tourist dollars and the clubs position with the federal governments National Parks system places limiting factors that impact its upkeep and marketing. While Ottawa has largely removed itself from the golf business by leasing out courses within its parks, Highlands remained, weighed down by government restrictions and difficult labour contracts.
The article can be found here.