Some unrelated notes for Monday morning:
- Cabot Links, the much anticipated course on Cape Breton Island created by partners Mike Keiser and Ben Cowan-Dewar, has moved the date of its soft opening from July 1 to July 22. The reason? The horrible spring hasn’t really created enough warm weather to grow grass. Cabot was supposed to have 10 holes open July 1, following the model Keiser used to launch Old Macdonald at Bandon Dunes. Doubt this will create much of a problem for Cabot, which opens fully next year. In a recent conversation I had with course architect Rod Whitman, he expected that all construction on the course would be finished by August 1.
- Work restoring Highlands Links continues, with all 18 holes open. The fabled Cape Breton course, one of two in the Top 100 in the world, is using Ian Andrew to rework its bunkers and clean up from a storm last fall. From the photos, the work looks really good, though a wet spring has hampered its progress. I’ll be there in three weeks for a look.
- Graham DeLaet, who played his first golf tournament in seven months on the Nationwide Tour, is returning to the PGA Tour this week. DeLaet will tip it up at the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Thursday, his first tournament since returning from back surgery. Oh, and Mike Weir is stack-and-tilting again, working with Grant Waite. That’s his fourth or fifth teacher this year. Remarkable.