Nova Scotia-based Cabot is once again expanding its golf resort empire, this time across Canada – and in a setting far different from its oceanfront properties.
Cabot announced Tuesday morning that its third site will be in Revelstoke, B.C., and plans to build a golf course in the mountains along the Columbia River, as well as a lodge and accommodation in the southeastern town of C. variety heli.
Cabot Revelstoke is slated to open in 2023, giving the town another golf course as well as high-end amenities that can be used year-round, tapping into a market of serious skiers who come to challenge the biggest drop in North America, at 5,600 feet.
Ben Cowan-Dewar, CEO and co-founder of Cabot, said the grandeur of the land amid the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges sealed his decision to add alpine property to a growing portfolio of resorts.
Over the years, he reviewed hundreds of properties while planning the expansion of the empire. The 200-acre Revelstoke site stood out, he said, for its beauty and compatibility with Cabot’s goal of tapping into nature’s need.
“We know that people have been going to the mountains and the oceans for centuries to find respite,” he said in a phone interview, “so we kinda believe this is going on.”
Cowan-Dewar, with the backing of American golf promoter Mike Keizer, started Cabot almost ten years ago with a single course built atop an abandoned coal mine in Inverness, a small Cape Breton community on the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
This first course, Cabot Links, now anchors an operation in Nova Scotia that also includes 18 holes Cabot Cliffs, a short course that opened this year called the Nest, as well as a luxury hotel and villas overlooking the water. .
Cabot Cape Breton has not only become a must-see destination for well-heeled golfers in central Canada, the Northeastern United States and even Europe, but has also been credited with stimulating and raising standards in the tourism in Cape Breton.
Last year, Cabot announced a new resort in St. Lucia, with the goal of giving its dedicated clientele a tropical retreat for the holidays or the life of the snowbirds when the golf season in Canada is frozen over. The Caribbean project, on a ledge of land surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, is expected to open at the end of 2022. Construction of the golf course, designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, continued this year and property sales have started. .
With Revelstoke, Cabot hopes for the same blend of high-end, golf-centric recreation, nature and living.
The lodge is expected to have 150 rooms and also offer dining and a spa, among other amenities. It must be located on the south side of town at the base of Mount MacKenzie – a short walk from the first tee of the golf course and very close to the gondola that takes skiers to their slopes and the 40 to 60 feet of powder the area receives a year.
Cabot also plans to sell homes on the property, up to 50 homes with two to five bedrooms, starting at $ 1.5 million.
Rod Whitman and his new golf architecture firm Whitman, Axland & Cutten are already in the process of laying out the 18-hole course, which will be called Cabot Pacific. The Alberta native said the course will be built on “bench ground” – partly flat, mountainside plateaus – and overlooks the Columbia River 30 meters below.
The course is expected to feature many elevation changes and spectacular views, such as a green site on a precipice with the river below, but none of the extreme climbs and descents found on d ‘other mountain routes. Given the dynamic landscape, Whitman believes he has the opportunity to create a layout that will rub shoulders with iconic Alberta mountain courses he loved growing up, such as Banff Springs and Jasper Park.
“If we do a good job, and I don’t see why we shouldn’t do it, [we can] build something that would compete with these courses or belong to the same class. ”
Nick Faldo once wrote a course on property for a former owner, but the 2008 financial crisis prevented that plan from materializing.
Whitman’s portfolio includes Wolf Creek in his home province, Sagebrush on the mountainside in British Columbia and Cabot Links, which is ranked among Canada’s top five courses by ScoreGolf magazine alongside its sister course Cabot Cliffs. He also participated in the Nest with Dave Axland.
“Having the opportunity to do something in the mountains after being out on the ocean at Cabot Links is kind of a career bookend,” said Whitman. “I’m looking to continue this legacy with this course.”
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