Cabot Adds First U.S. Golf Property In Florida, Joining Canada And St. Lucia
Cabot began as a secluded golf course in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 2011 and was immediately acclaimed before becoming a resort destination (Cabot Cape Breton) which today boasts two 18-hole courses ranked in the top 100. best in the world. . The Cabot brand has continued to grow over the years and has two other developing resort lifestyle communities: Cabot St. Lucia in the Caribbean and Cabot Revelstoke in British Columbia.
Today, Cabot added its first property in the United States: the famous World Woods Golf Club in central Florida, approximately 60 miles north of Tampa and 80 miles west of Orlando.
The property, which sits on 1,200 acres of sandy soil and rolling hills covered with mature trees, will soon be renamed Cabot Citrus Farms and its two 18-hole courses (Pine Barrens and Rolling Oaks) will be completely renovated and revitalized. It will continue to operate as World Woods until renovations begin this spring. While Tom Fazio originally designed the courses that founder Yukihisa Inoue opened in 1993, it is likely that several architects will be recruited to enhance the overall gaming experience and bring out the best of the quaint property, which is weaves its way through towering sand pines, palm trees and old moss-covered oaks.
“I couldn’t ask for a better location for our first development in the United States,” said Cowan-Dewar, who has partnered with Bandon Dunes owner Mike Keizer to establish the Cabot brand. “The property is a nature lover’s paradise that rivals the most spectacular sites I have seen across the world.
When Cabot Citrus Farms opens in 2023, it will do so as a golf course and residential community, with amenities that include the two renovated 18-hole championship courses as well as a par 3 course, a new clubhouse, a putting course and practice facilities. Real estate will also be a key component, with sales slated to begin in 2022, and the community will also include retail stores, restaurants, fitness and spa facilities, communal gathering places and a farmer’s market.
Cabot Saint Lucia is set to open at the end of 2022, it is a course designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw as the centerpiece of a community on the northern tip of Saint Lucia. In the mountains of western Canada, an alpine region known as the ‘heli-skiing capital of the world’, Cabot Revelstoke is targeting a potential opening in 2023, with plans for a 150-room lodge, less than 50 luxury residences. and an 18-hole course designed by Rod Whitman, originally from Alberta, Canada, who was the architect of Cabot’s first course: Cabot Links.
Golf remains at the heart of the Cabot brand, which aspires to future growth and a global presence much like Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
The acquisition of World Woods gives Cabot an American course, Fazio’s Pine Barrens, which has been ranked among the top 100 public courses in the country and a style that has been compared to Pine Valley in New Jersey, widely regarded as the course of world’s n ° 1 golf course. . The conditioning of the installation had declined in recent years, however, before being put up for sale by its Japanese-owned group. purchase price for World Woods. The Citrus County Chronicle
The purchase price for World Woods has not been disclosed. Cabot officials have also acquired two other facilities from the same ownership group that are already part of a golf community in a nearby town: the 27-hole Sugarmill Woods Country Club designed by Ron Garl and the Southern Woods designed by Hale Irwin. . Both Citrus County clubs are within 10 minutes of World Woods – soon to be Cabot Citrus Farms – although Cabot’s plans for these properties have yet to be finalized.
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