When will the Tom Doak-designed golf course in Cabot Highlands be ready?

By: August 2, 2023

Have you been keeping up with Castle Stuart Golf Links (since 2009) lately? The Cabot Collection acquired this fantastic golf club in Inverness, Scotland, in 2022 and added it to its impressive collection.

One of the first actions of the new owners was to rebrand Castle Stuart Golf Links to Cabot Highlands. At the same time, Tom Doak was commissioned to design a new 18-hole golf course for Cabot Highlands.

Cabot Highlands and its clubhouse

The current state of the Tom Doak-designed golf course is that the routing plan is ready, and they are set to open it for preview play in 2024.

The new Tom Doak course will usher in 18 holes of breathtaking golf, all designed to harken back to the feel of a course that players could experience 200 years ago.

Designed around the 400-year-old castle, the course will incorporate natural contours, meandering through hillsides and expansive open land with several holes along the water. The grand opening is slated for 2025.

Construction on the clubhouse is expected to commence in fall 2023, while sales for real estate will begin in early 2024; each is expected to reach completion in spring 2025.

Cabot Highlands 5th Hole from behind green by Darren Chisolm

Plans have been put in place for exciting new real estate opportunities (e.g., luxury accommodation), an expanded 11,000-square-foot clubhouse with new dining areas, and new programming, all complemented by the thoughtful touches and exemplary service the Cabot brand has become known for.

Up to 25 new accommodations are expected to be built as part of this exciting development. When homeowners are not in residence, their homes will be available as luxury accommodations for visiting guests.

The new clubhouse will feature a whisky and cigar bar, clubhouse grill bar and a chophouse restaurant on the middle floor. Cabot Highlands will be complete with new retail, locker rooms, and communal gathering points.

Cabot Highlands 4th Hole from behind the green by Darren Chisholm

The Top 100 course, designed by the late Mark Parsinen (who passed away in 2019) and Gil Hanse, now includes signature Cabot couches off the 18th green and biscuits on the first tee. 

Guests are welcome to stay in charming lodging on site, with the Golf Lodge or Farmhouse options. Each lodging provides accommodations for up to eight people.

Package pricing starts at £405 per person per night (or approximately $516 per person per night USD).

FYI – Tourism in Scotland in 2022

In 2022, Scotland saw a significant rebound in international travel. The number of nights grew by 9%, and tourists spent 24% more in comparison to 2019.

The 2014 Ryder Cup and The 2019 Solheim Cup put Scotland at the forefront of the global stage – and grew the impact of golf tourism to Scotland from a projected £286 million to over £300 million.

For the Scottish golf tourism industry, these 3 countries are the most important:

  • USA (#1)
  • Japan (#2)
  • UK (#3)
Cabot Highlands sun coming up over 14th hole by Darren Chisholm