Cabot Cliffs in Nova Scotia

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Cabot Cliffs

Cabot Cliffs, a stunning new Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw-design hugging the Nova Scotia coast, opens for play in July and already has course hounds everywhere buzzing with excitement. Check out these photos for a sneak preview of 2015's most anticipated course opening.
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No. 2 at Cabot Cliffs

No. 2, Par four, 385 yardsA tee shot over dunes opens to a generous fairway, but the wide landing area presents risks and rewards.
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No. 2 at Cabot Cliffs

No. 2, Par four, 385 yardsThe bolder play is up the right side, followed by an approach over a stream to a bunker-fronted green.
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No. 5 at Cabot Cliffs

No. 5, Par four, 430 yardThe high grasses pictured here mark the wetland fringes of a stunning estuary, the defining feature of this classic cape hole. From the tee, super-humans might take on the 315 yard carry. But mere mortals will bite off what they can up the right, then take aim over the bunker on the right.
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No. 6 at Cabot Cliffs

No. 6, Par three, 180 yardsFrom the elevated tee, the ocean spreads in stunning view. But as you drop down toward the green, a massive putting surface that slopes front to back, you find yourself in a natural bowl, dwarfed by dunes. Within a single hole, there's a variety of looks.
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No. 10 at Cabot Cliffs

No. 10, Par five, 565 yardsOne of nine holes at Cliffs set hard along the coastline, the 10th plays straight back toward the clubhouse, with a ravine on the right that dictates strategy on your second shot.
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No. 12 at Cabot Cliffs

No. 12, Par three, 265 yardsA large bunker, front right of the green, provides the biggest obstruction on this behemoth, the longest par three on the course, which plays downhill, directly toward the water. Daunting challenge. Distracting view.
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No. 14 at Cabot Cliffs

No. 14, Par three, 190 yardsOne of the many questions during construction was what to do with the white thumb of a rock depicted in this photo. Answer: let it stand as the signature of this slightly uphill par-three, which is further protected by a false front on the left side of the green.
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No. 15 at Cabot Cliffs

No. 15, Par five, 585 yardsTwo huge pokes might get you home in on this stout par-five. But a split-level fairway calls for a choice. The aggressive route is up the higher left side, which gives you a better look at the green but brings fairway bunkers into play.
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No. 16 at Cabot Cliffs

No. 16, Par three, 180 yardsOn a tour of Cabot Cliffs last summer, Matt Kuchar was left speechless by this stunner, which sits so precariously on the bluffs it seems prepared to tumble to the shore.
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No. 16 at Cabot Cliffs

No. 16, Par three, 180 yardsWhen he finally found the words, Kooch remarked: “I never thought I’d see something that made Cypress Point seem small.”
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No. 17 at Cabot Cliffs

No. 17, par four, 305 yardsThe coastline creates a natural dogleg on this drive-able par-four, which cuts along the bluffs and dares you to try a bold line to a fairway pocked by a principal’s nose bunker.
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No. 17 at Cabot Cliffs

No. 17, par four, 305 yardsFind the right slot, and your ball will funnel down toward the flagstick, setting up a possible eagle putt.
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No. 18 at Cabot Cliffs

No. 18, Par five, 550 yardsThis long-ish closer provides the final punctuation, with a ravine that eats into the fairway and a green that wraps around the cliffs that give the course its name.