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Cabot Highlands Unveils Expansion Plans and Inside Look at New Tom Doak Course

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The Cabot Collection, developer and operator of master-planned golf resort communities, has unveiled development updates at Cabot Highlands, including the routing plan for its new Tom Doak golf course which is set to open for preview play in 2024.

Plans have also been approved for exciting new real estate opportunities and an expanded 11,000-square-foot clubhouse with new dining areas and new programming.

This represents a multi-million pound investment into the Highland economy which will drive approximately an extra 175 jobs. 

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

Real estate will feature cottages with upscale, modern touches inspired by the alluring landscape of the Scottish countryside.

The new development will include 25 new accommodations.

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 bar and restaurant. 

Cabot Highlands will be complete with new retail, locker rooms and communal gathering points.

The new Tom Doak course will usher in 18 holes of breath-taking 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.

Tom Doak said:

“At Cabot Highlands, our vision is to create a strategic course that exudes organic beauty and incorporates natural obstacles reminiscent of ancient links from the earliest days of golf.

“As architects, our greatest joy is to try and sort out the best way to have fun over a raw piece of ground, but the ultimate success is to leave our future golfers a primed canvas for individualised exploration.”

Ben Cowan-Dewar, CEO and co-founder of Cabot, said

“In the historic home of golf, we looked to Tom to create something special, and perhaps unconventional by modern standards.

“His vision of resurrecting an old true-links style course will serve as a great complement to the beloved Castle Stuart Golf Links.

“We hope to create an awe-inspiring destination anchored by incredible golf that will stand the test of time for generations to come.”

Stuart McColm, General Manager of Cabot Highlands, said:

“Since opening our 2023 golf season at Cabot Highlands we have been met with incredible excitement from our community and visitors alike.

“Ben and the Cabot team are the perfect stewards for our historic property.

“They continue to provide the evidence of their commitment.

“Working alongside a visionary such as Tom Doak sets the stage for a remarkable resort and golf experience that would make our beloved founder, Mark Parsinen, very proud.”

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