Cabot Cliffs - Inverness, Nova Scotia
Holy Moly! Cabot Cliffs wasn't lying about those cliffs! After tapping in on 18, Cabot Cliffs quickly zoomed to the top of my all time favorite courses list. It certainly would be in the conversation with Pebble Beach and Whistling Straits. The course keeps things fun and interesting with 6 par 4's, 6 par 5's and 6 par 3's. I have always been a fan of this option and I am not sure why more courses aren't designed in this manner.
The finishing 4 holes are arguably some of the best finishing holes on the planet. Starting on 15 you are greeted with a stunning par 5 that finishes right on the ocean. Then you have the 16th hole, which is the most epic par 3 that I have played in my lifetime. The green is perched on the edge of a cliff and any shot long, right, or short will plummet a hundred feet down into the ocean. Awesome.
The 17th hole is a drivable par 4 that requires a blind tee shot over a serious cliff, with some luck it will roll on down to the green. Just about as fun as it gets when it comes to drivable par 4's. The course finishes with a reachable par 5 (depending on wind) stretching down the oceanside cliffs.
While it is easy to focus on the final four holes here. The first 14 are an absolute treasure to play as well. Our group had the pleasure of playing the course twice, but you could probably play this place 100 times without an ounce of boredom. Cabot Cliffs is a true joy of a golf course.