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Restoring a Stanley
Located in Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Highlands
National Park, Highlands Links Golf Course in Ingonish
Beach is undergoing restoration to include expanded
playing corridors, rebuilt tees, and opened views.
By Ian Andrew
I n 2008, I visited Highlands Links Golf
Course in Ingonish Beach, N.S., located
in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
I was frustrated by the recent changes that
had been made to it. I desperately wanted to
restore the course so others could see this
masterpiece in its original form, as I had done
In 2009, I was hired to create a restoration
plan for Highlands Links. Parks Canada
wanted the golf course put back to Stanley
Thompson’s original design. I put together a
restorative master plan that took about three
months of ﬁnding and analyzing old photos
to determine what was originally built.
However, that was just the start, since we also
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