32 Golf Inc. March/April 2016
Canada shines again. Cabot Cli;s, the
newest 18-hole course in Inverness, Nova
Scotia, is Golf Inc.’s Development of the
Year Best of Show winner. It’s the other
half to Cabot Links, which topped our
2012 Development of the Year contest.
;e Great White North’s newest course
was one of the most anticipated projects
of the year, but just one of the four men
behind the development is Canadian.
Co-owners and co-developers Toronto-based Ben Cowan-Dewar and American
development mastermind Mike Keiser
enlisted American architectural duo Bill
Coore and Ben Crenshaw to design the
Canada isn’t all about hockey. ;e
nation’s golf participation rate is twice that
of the United States (albeit from a smaller
population), according to a new study
from the National Golf Foundation.
“;ere’s a long history here. It’s really
been something we have all grown up
with,” said Cowan-Dewar, who is on the
board of the Golf Canada Foundation.
“;e participation rate here in Canada is
the highest in the world, and it’s a function
of a neat golf culture.”
With yet another breathtaking design in
its repertoire, the trend is sure to continue.
“Canadians are passionate about the
game of golf. A snapshot of the Canadian
golf landscape reveals an industry that
is worth more than $14.3 billion to the
Canadian economy and represents more
than 1 percent of the nation’s total GDP,”
said Scott Simmons, chief executive o;-
cer of Golf Canada, the country’s govern-
ing body of golf.
Coming in second in our competition
was another international course, Cape
Wickham Links on a remote island in
Tasmania, Australia. It was also designed
by a bi-national team of architects: Mike
DeVries, an American, and Darius Oliver,
an Australian. ;e bucket-list destination
is accessible only by plane, and premier
rounds are booking fast. It’s already halfway to its break-even goal.
;ere are many familiar names on
this year’s list of winners. Tiger Woods’
;rst domestic design, Bluejack National
in Montgomery, Texas, placed third.
Al Zorah Golf Club in the United Arab
Emirates, designed by Jack Nicklaus,
received an honorable mention, as did
Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs,
N.M., designed by Andy Staples.
Four judges reviewed this year’s entries.
Americans David Christenson, an operator, and Mike Nuzzo, an architect, joined
Agustín Pizá, an architect from Mexico,
and Peter Tacon ;ornton, a developer
and golf course owner in Portugal.
Judging was based on project vision ( 40
percent), aesthetics ( 25 percent), environment and economic sustainability ( 20 percent) and course routing ( 15 percent).
Coore & Crenshaw’s
Cabot Cliffs, takes
top honors three
years after its sister
course did the same.
Tiger Woods makes a
showing with his first
course in the U.S.
BY LAIRA MARTIN
OF THE YEAR