Small-Ship Cruise Takes You to the No. 9 Golf Course in the World

Michael Cunningham

Our crew hoists our golf gear onto the vessel’s starboard deck masterfully avoiding brightly coloured kayaks and paddleboards. Our goods are now resting adjacent to a flotilla of jet-black Zodiacs, which will soon become our means of “ship to shore” transportation….

Our journey is titled “Fiddle and Sticks,” a perfect narrative as music and spectacular golf are two of the principal ingredients for my east coast adventure. This is the inaugural golf/exploration voyage for One Ocean Expeditions; a privately owned Canadian company that has become the industry leader in expedition cruising.

From the Canadian Arctic to Antarctica, South and Central America to remote islands of the Atlantic Ocean their fleet of three Finnish-built ships provide specialized small group experiences in culture, history, wildlife providing spectacular sea and landscapes each and every day….

We gather our gear and board the bus for our short ride to the Rod Whitman-designed Cabot Links. Red-capped caddies welcome our arrival, and we tee off with strong winds blowing off the always-in-sight Atlantic. Cape Breton was once a prosperous coal-mining centre, but the last mine closed in the early ’90s.

It wasn’t until 2011 did this area begin to show rejuvenation in spirit and prosperity thanks to the opening of Cabot Cliffs Golf Course. On the site of former mine shafts, this links course was ranked in the top forty-five courses in the world by Golf Digest. More