There are many courses in North America that offer a links-like experience but it isn't until you play the real thing at Cabot Links that you see how those other courses fail to measure up. There is something about the Links that just feels rooted in the land, both along the sea and dunes and even grounded in the town of Inverness itself.
This grounded-ness elevates the typical holes into something special. The 6th hole is a Cape hole which truly hugs the interior bay with lobster boats gently bobbing in the ocean. Listening to the racing announcer announce the next race at the thoroughbred track when playing 4th and the 5th holes. The 10th is a fantastic blind par 4 short hole that is super quirky and super fun. The 14th is an insane par 3 that despite being only about 90 yards will make you question your very swing with its postage stamp green. The 16th hole runs along the cliffs and allows the player to play off the beach if they go too far to the left. These are but a few highlights of the course.
The course also does a great job varying the approach into greens, allowing for bump and runs here and there as well as hitting it high to avoid treacherous bunkers (like on the 4th hole) and like any proper links course, plays completely differently in weather/wind versus calm conditions.
The only knock on the course is I feel that the architects put a little too much teeth into their design with some forced carries and par 5s that seem to ask a few too many questions to the typical resort golfer's game.
Since the founding of the sister Cliffs course, the Links seems to get less love but isn't any lesser than, just different. Anyone making the trip this far on the Eastern Seaboard of North America owes it to themselves to play this course and truly become one with the town of Inverness.
Date: June 19, 2019