Not even cold gusty sea winds could stop teams from enjoying the awe-inspiring Cabot Links experience for the first round of the RBC PGA Scramble presented by The Lincoln Motor Company.
Twenty-two teams—comprised of four amateurs and one PGA of Canada professional—battled consistent cold, northerly 50 km/h winds on Thursday in Inverness, N.S.
“It was nice playing Cabot Links in the conditions it was probably designed to be played in,” said PGA of Canada professional Chris Barber from The Landings Golf Course in Kingston, Ont. “It was howling winds, cold and there was sea spray hitting you the whole way around—the place is great.”
Located in Inverness, N.S., Cabot Links is Canada’s first and only authentic links golf resort. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the picturesque town of Inverness, the Cabot Links course represents a dramatic departure from the typical golf excursion. With six holes playing directly alongside the water and every hole offers an ocean view, Cabot Links is where traditional links-land golf comes to life against the spectacular Nova Scotia landscape.
Barber’s team thru the first round sits alone in third at 12.3-under-par. The squad from The Ridge at Manitou leads the 54-hole national championship at 14.2-under-par, with the Cooke Municipal team in second at 13.5-under-par.
“The experience so far this week has been world-class,” The Ridge at Manitou team said. “Without the involvement of RBC and The Lincoln Motor Company, this is more than likely be a destination we’d probably never have a chance getting to play.”
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The national championship continues Friday at Cabot Cliffs, with the final round taking place Saturday back at Cabot Links.
The Cabot Cliffs course, designed by the decorated team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, is the newest addition to Cabot. Exquisitely carved out of the breathtaking Cape Breton landscape, with postcard-worthy panoramas vying for your attention and every hole calling out to the sea, it is links-land golf at its best.
Cabot Cliffs ranked No. 1, while Cabot Links ranked No. 4 on SCOREGolf’s 2016 Best Golf Courses in Canada list. Cabot Cliffs also debuted 19th on the World’s Top 100 Courses list by Golf Digest.
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member and golf media personality Bob Weeks is on site this week to handle emcee duties at the opening ceremonies. Weeks will also moderate a special Q&A with Jared Du Toit on the opening night and act as the honorary starter during the second round at Cabot Cliffs.
In addition to the opening ceremonies, participants in the national final will be treated to two RBC dinners at the Panorama restaurant, as well as two receptions by The Lincoln Motor Company and a closing ceremonies event.
Those not playing in the RBC PGA Scramble of Canada presented by the Lincoln Motor Company National Final can still take part in all the action throughout the week at Cabot Links through social media. Watch on Facebook Live with multiple live streams—which include player interviews, behind-the-scene looks, drone flyovers, opening and closing ceremonies, and more. Follow along on Twitter and Instagram as well for great social content.
The RBC PGA Scramble presented by the Lincoln Motor Company saw thousands of golfers from across the country participate in the series of events this summer. The 22 teams participating at Cabot Links made it through local and regional qualifying events.
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