Cape Breton Canso MP Rodger Cuzner announced an investment of $2 million in Cabot Links to help the Inverness golf resort expand at the nearby Cabot Cliffs.
The project is being funded through ACOA’s Business Development Program.
A release from ACOA states Cabot Group will use the repayable contribution to help add spa facilities, high-end culinary services and tennis courts at Cabot Cliffs at Broad Cove. Nearly 300 people currently work at Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs golf courses and the project will create an additional 50 full-time positions.
The release states the investment builds on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy by supporting the tourism industry to attract more visitors and create new jobs across the region.
The announcement comes as Canada celebrates Tourism Week from May 27 to June 2, 2018.
A well known figure in the local golf community has received a promotion. Ed Ryan is now the head golf professional at the prestigious Cabot Cliffs golf course in Inverness. Ryan had been the Associate PGA of Canada Professional and Guest Services Supervisor at Cabot Cliffs sister course, Cabot Links for the past year.
Ryan spent almost three decades as Manager of Golf Operations and Head Golf Professional at the Antigonish Golf Club.
The reputation of two premiere golf courses in Inverness continues to grow. A leading golf publication has placed both Cabot Cliffs and Cabot Links among the
Cabot Cliffs Golf Course
World’s top 100 golf courses. In its latest rankings, Golf Digest has listed Cabot Cliffs as 9th best in the world, up from 19th last year.
Cabot Links is ranked 43rd, up from 93rd spot in the 2017 ranking.
Cabot Links General Manager Andrew Alkenbrack says reaction to the latest rankings has been immediate, with congratulatory messages and additional bookings to the resort for the coming season.
Golf Digest says Cabot Cliffs offers a variety, ranging from sand dunes in its southernmost holes to ocean cliffs to the north and bits of pine-lined Scottish Highlands in between. The publication says Cabot Links is not a natural links, but it plays like one, with muted dunes, austere bunkering and gentle, generous greens
There could be a third and possibly a fourth golf course built in the Inverness area. The owners of the Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs championship golf courses are
exploring additional developments.
Cabot Links General Manager Andrew Alkenbrack says one option under consideration is a Par 3 course. Alkenbrack says a Par 3 would compliment the two existing courses.
If all goes well, construction would begin on the Par 3 next year. Several course routings are being reviewed; including 12 and 14 holes of play.
Alkenbrack says it’s also contemplating another 18 hole championship course, but any possible construction of that is likely in the distant future.
Golf season is upon us, and one of the countries hottest destinations has a big year ahead of them. Cabot Links and Cliffs are known internationally as being two of the best courses to play for serious golf enthusiasts.
Andrew Alkenbrack is the General Manager of the two courses in Inverness. He says that the two courses had a great winter, and looked great on opening day.
The course opened on Friday, and Alkenbrack says he expects a banner year for the two courses, of which the Links will host a PGA Scramble in October.
The two Inverness golf courses are ranked in the top 5 for Canadian courses for 2017 and 18. Cabot Cliffs and Links are ranked first and fifth respectively. The ranking comes from Golf Digest, where they listed the top 30 courses nationwide. The Cape Breton Highland Links in Ingonish Beach made the list as well in the 15th spot.
The co-founder and Managing Director of the Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs Golf Courses in Inverness, Ben Cowan-Dewar, is stepping down as chair of Tourism Nova Scotia. Cowan-Dewar has accepted the appointment as the chair of the Federal Crown Corporation Destination Canada.
He was appointed chair of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency in January, 2014 when it was structured as a special operating agency. Cowan-Dewar led the group’s move to a Crown Corporation in 2015. Under his leadership, a new tourism strategy was created with a goal to increase tourism revenues to four billion dollars by 2024. The province has just come off a great year for tourism, with visitation up eight per cent.
Irene d’Entremont of Yarmouth will serve as interim chair until a replacement is found. She has served as vice-chair.