Sympatico: Anticipating Canada's Next Great Course

My preview of Cabot Links, along with a video interview shot with both co-creator Ben Cowan-Dewar and designer Rod Whitman, is now on the home page on Sympatico — thus lots of eyeballs are seeing it.

The video is embedded in the story — and here’s a taste of the full piece (the full story and video are here):

Rod Whitman sits back in the Hoff Pub in Inverness, N.S., and talks quietly while sipping a beer. It is supposed to be a day off for Whitman, the Canadian golf architect best known for his work in Western Canada. But there are few off days for the designer as he rushes to put the finishing touches on Cabot Links, the much-discussed golf course on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.

It hasn’t even officially fully opened yet – 10 holes are just now available as part of a “preview play” concept — and already Cabot Links, located in Inverness, N.S., on Cape Breton’s west coast, is being whispered about that it is the rarest of courses, the type captures the imagination not only of Canadian golf, but those die-hards around the world.

“We’re trying to get to a point where people talk about it in those terms,” says Whitman quietly.

“It’ll be the best course I’ve had the chance to work on and I’ve spent my entire life waiting for this chance to come my way.”


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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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