Cabot Caddie Tips

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When it comes to Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs, there are few people in the world more knowledgeable than our Caddies. Expertly trained, our A Caddies offer invaluable insight into pin placements, yardage, strategy, club selection, and, last but not least, moral support!

To give an idea of the knowledge our caddies have to offer, we spoke with seven of our Top A Level Caddies for a few of their favourite Cabot golf tips. While it won’t compare to walking the courses with a Caddie of your own, we hope you find these wise words helpful as you go into your next round!

Tip #1: Perspective is Everything 

Take a couple moments during each round to stop, reflect and truly appreciate where you are and what you are doing. When you play golf from a point of gratitude, score will take care of itself. Also, pay attention to what the golf course gives you. Links golf is a much different beast than parkland or country club golf. The ground is your friend - it is much firmer, and the ball will run out. Leave your wedges in the bag, and bump and run it with the lower lofted clubs as much as possible.

- Dave Markle, 2nd season at Cabot

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Tip #2: Take it all in

View each hole on Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs from the tips, regardless of the tees you are playing from. Viewing the hole from this angle allows you to fully appreciate the spectacular natural beauty as well as the golf course design. While this may seem obvious to some, there are many holes where golfers will not naturally pass the black tees on the way to their tee box. Keeping pace of play in mind, take the few extra steps to view holes 3, 6, 14, & 15 at Cabot Links and holes 2, 6, 9, 12, 16, & 17 at Cabot Cliffs from the tips.

- James MacLellan, 6th season at Cabot

Photo by Evan Schiller

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Tip #3: Don't go Long

On both Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs, landing short of the green is almost always better than long. There are exceptions, but generally, if you land short, you'll be left with an uphill putt or chip. If you go long however, you are likely to find yourself in a hazard behind the green, such as a mess of thick fescue that will be much more difficult to recover from. When in doubt, apply the Price is Right rules - don't go over!

- Josh Gracie, 2nd season at Cabot

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Photo by James MacLellan

Tip #4: Play it Smart

The short par 5 15th at Cabot Cliffs is an excellent chance to score if you know what you're doing. You'll want to take your tee shot to the right side of the long bunker in the centre of the fairway. You'll likely be left with about 200-250 yards on your second shot. The second shot plays so severely downhill that you can likely hit 30 yards less than your actual yardage. This blind shot will make you believe that you want to aim left of the bunker which will be directly in front of you, but in fact you should actually aim over the right edge of the bunker. If you hit a straight ball on that line, you'll likely be looking at an eagle putt.

- Andrew MacDonald, 2nd season at Cabot 

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Tip #5: Take a Sneak Peek

When walking off the par 4 second hole at Cabot Cliffs, make sure to take a look at the par 3 6th green (off to the right) on your way to the next tee box. The pin position and complex of the green will show you what's in store for when you reach the 6th hole. From the tee box, you'll only be able to see the flag, so having a little preview and advanced knowledge will be tremendously helpful.

-Ryan Trenchard, 4th Season at Cabot

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Tip #6: Keep Right

On the 5th hole at Cabot Cliffs, it’s best to keep the tee shot to the right side of the fairway. A long hitter could aim over the bunker just to the left of the tree in the fairway, or take an even more aggressive line, but it’s safe to play to the right of the tree and to the right side of fairway. On the second shot, any ball that lands short of the green and left will kick towards the bunker or hazard depending on the distance. So, it’s best to aim the approach shot to the right side of green. The green slopes from right to left, and if you land on the right side of green, your ball will roll back to the centre. Everything slopes right to left on this hole, so it’s always a good idea to aim right of the flag.

- Aubrey Farrell, 1st season at Cabot 

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Tip #7: Embrace Cabot Golf

Embrace Cabot golf.  Use your imagination and don't necessarily play every shot like you would at your home course. At times these golf courses will not allow you to do that. Accept what mother nature brings your way during your round; again, it will force you to play shots that you typically don't play at home. Don't be afraid to hit a shot you're uncomfortable with. At the end of the day, it's just golf. Enjoy the scenery. We see too many golfers get caught up with their score, at times letting this take priority over just enjoying the day and the views that these courses provide.

-Jarrod Furey, 2nd season at Cabot

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 If these golf tips have you fired up for your next round of Cabot, whether this season or next, consider taking a caddie to get the most out of your Cabot golf experience!


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