Highlands Links GC:

An East Coast National Treasure.

One of the most thrilling drives imaginable is the Cabot Trail which traverses the rugged landscapes and sheer cliffs of the Cape Breton Highlands. This spectacular drive leads you to one of the legendary courses this country has to offer in the historic village of Ingonish. In 1939 legendary Stanley Thompson was asked by Parks Canada to create a golf course in the newly created Cape Breton Highlands National Park. He created a course widely recognized as a national treasure. Beginning on a peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean the routing was built on a series of expropriated farmlands with ocean views on 12 of its holes. Thompson’s genius is found throughout this design, characterized with massive hummocks reminiscent of whale graves in the fairways and greens. Challenging you off the tee, with your approaches and definitely on the wildly sloped greens, Highland Links is golf course that has to be visited to experience the uniqueness and challenge.

 

Access: Public

 

Course Stats:

Par 72
Yardage
Rating/Slope-M
Rating/Slope-F
Blue
6592
73.3 / 141
-
White
6161
70.9 / 135
-
Yellow
5203
66.6 / 122
72.6 / 126

 

Location:

Ingonish, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia


Editor's Shot Maker's Picks
Hole 7
Hole 13
Hole 15
Hole 16
Par
Par 5
Par 4
Par 5
Par 5
Blue
570
435
540
460
White
554
412
530
453
Yellow
427
374
451
408
HCP-Men
1
10
2
9
HCP-Women
1
7
2
3

 

Feature Holes Descriptions:

I was given the warning about how hard it is to find a flat lie at Highlands and that piece of information played true to billing. Killiecrankie, the second of consecutive par 5’s on the front is a pure shot makers delight. Played out of a chute to a fairway that seems to have a buried houses guarding the landing area, there is no easy route to the green. Tactical approaches must avoid the plentiful slopes and bunkering protecting the target. Hole 13 is a beautiful dogleg left par 4. The fairway has three tiers high on the right, low on the left, so even a well struck drive could find a less than desirable lie in the fairway. The front of the green is guarded by another huge, steeply sloped mound to repel anything hit less than perfectly. The par 5 15th is another lengthy beast with massive mounding and nary a flat lie. The tiered green with stunning backdrop of the ocean is no easy target even with a wedge in your hand. Not often do you find a short par 5 with as much trouble as Hole 16. Uphill the entire way to the hole, the fairway is filled with humps and mounds throughout. Best of luck finding a lie that will let you get a good strike on the ball.

 

Contact:

Highlands Links Golf Course

247 Keltic Inn Road
Ingonish Beach, NS B0C 1L0
Toll free: 1-800-441-1118
Local: 902-285-2600

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