Revisiting Killercrankie

If you ever get the chance, you MUST play this course. It’ll be one of the best golfing experiences you’ll ever have. The course is the Highland Links in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

The picture below is the tee shot at the 7th hole, Killercrankie (which means “a long narrow pass”… and it is!).

The greatness of Highlands Links is directly attributable to a brilliant routing that takes full advantage of the inherent landscape’s natural potential for golf. Every hole simply runs an obvious course suggested by the native terrain, prompting some to assume little thought went into it, when in fact, the opposite has occurred. The result is a wildly diverse collection of holes, including two sets of back-to-back par 5s at six and seven, fifteen and sixteen that clearly suggest Thompson laid the course out without a single preconceived notion.