Monday, July 8, 2019

Cabot Resort Review


Let's face it, getting to Inverness Nova Scotia takes some effort. The closest major airport is Halifax which still puts you at a 3-plus-hour hour drive to Cabot Links (you could fly into Sydney which puts you 2 hours out but from what I hear Halifax is the better option). So if you are coming from anywhere other than Boston, you are going to have expend time and effort getting there.

Once you get there though...whoa doggy is it worth it! I have not stayed at Pinehurst or Streamsong but having stayed at Bandon Dunes and Sand Valley, I can confidently say that Cabot is the best golf resort I have stayed at so far!

The people there are very friendly and helpful. Big shoutout to Tyler and Jeremy in the golf department and all the friendly staff I met along the way. They bent over backwards to accommodate my group (as they would for any guest) and that type of service goes a long way.

Also, perhaps the best caddie I ever came across was Stephen at the resort. The guy is amiable and even though he wasn't my caddy, I considered the guy one of the gang and highly recommend him to anyone looking to head to Cabot.

First let's talk about the rooms.





The Golf Villas are definitely the best I ever stayed in. They combine the elegance of Sand Valley with a very Scandinavian feng shui with some inspired design choices like a great kitchen, fantastic porch and killer individual bathrooms. The villas where I stayed could easily accommodate a guys group, a couples trip or just the single golfer. All the lodging is currently laid out at the Links course but that is changing with major construction happening near the Cliffs course to really put in a ton more infrastructure in the next 2 years.

Next, let's talk about food. The Links has 2 restaurants (an upstairs, sightly more formal dining area and the downstairs pub area) and also owns the Cabot Public House where you can get some similar food and some different dishes as well.

All the food is excellent, from the lobster rolls,



to the seafood chowder



to the poutine.

Almost all of the beers they serve are local to Cape Breton-Nova Scotia and I tried most of them, particularly liking the beer made specifically for the resort, the Cabot Ale made by Garrison.

If you are traveling to Nova Scotia, get yourself some seafood and local spirits!

The Cliffs course is still in its infancy regarding amenities. There are two yurts which act as gift shop and small cafeteria (with new permanent buildings opening this summer) but the reality is you are going to be spending most of your time back at the main lodge at Links.

My major overall impression is that Cabot is a low-key Bandon (in the best possible way). The rooms were booked at Cabot but you never felt overwhelmed by the amount of guests crowding the fairways or the eating places. It wasn't nearly as "bro-y" as Bandon can sometimes get (I saw women, old people, every different type of category at Cabot which was great). Everything felt much more laid back and less resort-y. While the resort lacks some infrastructure in a few areas (especially over on the Cliffs side, where construction is ongoing as they build a short course and full, permanent clubhouse facilities) Cabot it is already one of my favorite places to stay on the planet - and I imagine it will be even more so once Phase II of the building takes place.

Staying at Cabot is WORTH the energy to get there. The resort, people and food are all top notch and you couldn't ask for anything more then what Cabot gives you!

For more information on the Cabot resort, check out this link: https://www.cabotlinks.com/resort/


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