Cape Breton to get new Faldo course


Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Cape Breton Island, in Nova Scotia, Canada, the location of Stanley Thompson's legendary Highlands Links is to be the site for a new course designed by Nick Faldo's company.

With the Cabot Links project in Cape Breton also underway, the island promises to become a significant destination for golfers.

The Faldo-designed championship course, which will be named 'The Fortress', is to be the centrepiece of the Louisbourg Resort Golf & Spa, a multi-million dollar development on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.

Faldo said: "This is our first project on the Canadian Atlantic seaboard and I'm very excited about the possibilities here, as this large and topographically diverse site offers us a huge canvas on which to work. The undulating, forested terrain gives it great character and there are a number of extraordinary features that we will integrate into our design. Several holes will play towards and alongside the island's Great Lake and that, coupled with the site's dramatic marshland, will provide superb aesthetic quality. Of course, our completed layout won't be just about spectacular views and stunning landscapes, we intend to create a routing that will be strategically very interesting, incorporating the site's varying wind directions and natural hazards throughout all 18 holes. My intention is to ensure that the aptly named 'Fortress' course will live up to its name as one of golf 's true tests of resilience, but our challenges will be fair." Faldo Design has also agreed a deal to create two courses for the new La Repose Resort project near Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

The La Repose development will sit in the heart of the Eastern Cape's tourism belt, abutting the Addo National Elephant Park, close to the famous Shamwari Game Reserve and only 45 kilometres from the marina town of Port Alfred. "With some considerable changes in elevation and stiff winds blowing in from the ocean, there's plenty of scope for a very strategic layout that will have a real links feel to it in many places. Above all, I want to create a golfing experience that is going to demand a thoughtful approach, something that will inspire and excite players, whatever their ability," said Faldo.