Nicklaus designing Nova Scotia course


Cabot Links may be making headlines today, but it won’t forever command the attention of golfers in Nova Scotia – at least not if Jack Nicklaus has anything to say about it.

Nicklaus’ company has been tapped to create its first course in what’s known as “Atlantic Canada,” an 18-hole track for Forest Lakes Country Club in Ardoise, a northwestern suburb of Halifax. The club will be the centerpiece of a 1,517-acre resort community near Cameron Lake that’s expected to include a variety of housing types (villas, townhouses, condos), a boutique hotel with meeting space, a spa, a retail/commercial area, and other attractions.

Terra Firma Development Corporation says that Forest Lakes will be the “most luxurious and environmentally friendly lifestyle resort in Atlantic Canada” and believes it’ll attract international tourists to Nova Scotia.

No doubt, some of those international tourists (at least the golfers) will also be lured to the province by Cabot Links, the much-anticipated links layout on Cape Breton Island, five hours north of Halifax. It’s been suggested that Cabot Links will be an eastern version of Bandon Dunes, partly due to environmental factors (soil, weather) and partly because the properties share an investor: the inimitable Mike Keiser. Cabot Links is set to debut all 18 of its holes in the spring of 2012, and a second 18, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, is in planning.

The two courses will inevitably be compared to each other, if only because of the big personalities behind them. The course at Forest Lakes, which will be produced by Nicklaus Design, will be Nicklaus’ seventh in Canada. All of the others are in British Columbia, Ontario, and Alberta.

Forest Lakes was approved by local officials earlier this year, and Terra Firma hopes to break ground on the course in late 2011 or early 2012.

This story originally appeared in the World Edition of the Golf Course Report, in a slightly different form. For a sample copy of the World Edition, call 301/680-9460 or write to

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