Monday, 2 July 2012

Bob Weeks at Highlands Links

Graham Hudson ... not your average General Manger

Bob Weeks from Weeks Speaks:

"I got the tour of the course from Graham Hudson, the effervescent manager of the facility and a guy who has to be given a lot of credit for bringing this course back to condition. He went through the red tape of Parks Canada and brought in Ian Andrew to restore Highlands as well as to clear out trees to allow for better growing conditions as well as great scenery. Ocean views are now everywhere and I can report that the conditions are exceptional. The greens are silky smooth and fairways lush and full."

It's important to see more continued comments about the improved conditioning.

"Playing Highlands was a treat. I usually judge a great course by the holes I can remember and not by its best hole, but its worst hole - I actually can't think of a bad one at Highlands.
My favourite might be the par-5 16th, a long, uphill climb to a tricky green. But there were others too, the short par-4 eighth and the par-3 10th impressed me."

I always smile when someone elses list of best holes doesn't match my own at Highlands Links. It says volumes about the depth of quality holes found on the course.

The full article is here: click here

In his article Bob connects Cabot Links to Highlands Links. The fate of Highlands Links is now partially dependent on the success of Cabot Links. Highlands Links needs more tourist rounds if its going to succeed for the long term. Cabot Links has the ability to bring another four to five thousand rounds to Highlands Links as spin off play from Cabot Links.

The second course mentioned multiple times this week will ensure the area becomes a significant golfing destination in North America.

What is critical to Highlands Links is that Parks Canada is currently in a long term program to make all the nessasary improvements to bring back the players. At one time it had enough play to be self supporting. Graham has seen the opportunity that Cabot Links is giving them and siezed this moment to bring Highlands Links back to the forefront in golf.

That is also why I was glad that the first line in Bob's post about Highlands Links gives credit where credit is due.

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